Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape -

To com­pile MapS­tu­dio’s Life’saBeach, a guide to SA’s beaches, Ann Gadd trav­elled some 9 500 kilo­me­tres along our coast­line, from the Namib­ian border to Mozam­bique. There are few peo­ple in the coun­try who can say they’ve done that. Here’s her choice of the best ‘all-rounder’ beaches: Is­land Beach, Groot Brak (Gar­den Route) Un­ex­pected and en­chant­ing, ac­cessed via a sin­gle-lane bridge. Has es­tu­ary and sea swim­ming op­tions. Gonu­bie, East Lon­don (East­ern Cape) One of the best beaches in SA, with lovely swim­ming. Scot­tburgh (KZN South Coast) Great swim­ming in the tidal pool or sea. Ad­ding­ton, Dur­ban Safe swim­ming, loads of fa­cil­i­ties and ac­tion in and out the wa­ter. Kraal­baai, Lange­baan (West Coast) Park­ing and space are limited, but flat warm wa­ter, shel­tered from the South Easter, makes this a magic fam­ily spot. (The Kite Wind­surf Cup takes place near here on 2 – 8 Jan­uary 2017. Find it on Face­book.) Ti­eties­baai, Pater­nos­ter (West Coast) Cold wa­ter – but it can sur­prise with warmer wa­ter – and you have a small, pro­tected bay, sand dunes and a magic pub. Most re­mote McDougall’s Bay, in the far north of the West Coast, is a ‘gem that has it all’. In the far north-east of KZN is Cape Vi­dal, ‘a long stretch of un­spoilt beach, with vervet mon­keys and tur­tles’. *Ann’ s Blue Flag favour i ties in­clude Muizen­berg’ s Surfers Cor­ner, Buf­falo Bay, Na­ture’ s Val­ley, P let t’ s Look out Beach, Kar­iega/K en ton and Zinkwazi.

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