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Life’s a Beach is about discovering iconic South African beaches

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If you happen to be like me, I live to travel. There is nothing more exhilarating than to visit quaint little towns, browse through their old antique shops, delight in homemade food and of course my favourite, explore beautiful wine farms (and savour wine).

South Africa is truly a land of diversity, but the most beautiful of these landscapes is without a doubt, our iconic beaches.

Having explored many places in the world and visited beaches around Europe and Asia, South Africa has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Algarve, Costa de Sol, Greece, Turkey, Thailand are beautiful yes, but why spend a fortune to travel, when everything is right here on your doorstep.

Here are just some beaches that our author, Ann Gadd, explored in her adventure with the book Life’s a Beach.

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Keurboomstrand and its extensions Kettle Beach and Arch Rock Beach

The above is a beautiful blue flag beach with fantastic safe swimming spots in the demarcated areas.

The estuary makes for some great fishing off  the beach and rocks where you can fish for Bloubankies (white musselcracker). Charter boats for hake and silver kob. Picnic rocks and Arch Rock are both good, but watch for the incoming tide so you don’t get cut off.

This beach is great for kitesurfing and is best on a southwester for awesome wave-riding. Waves can get large! For kayaking and canoeing hire a canoe from the caravan park on the river and take a magic paddle upstream, or do the two-day Whiskey Creek Trail and stay overnight in a cabin. There are lovely walks along the stretch of beach and have an epic sundowner at Enrico’s where the views are stunning but food service in season can be slow, but the pizza’s, are well worth the wait.

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Woody Cape to Kelly’s Beach

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The Sunshine Coast for family holidays, dunes, beautiful beaches and boating

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This is a great area for fishing at Dias Cross, Kwaaihoek Rocks and the beach between Dias Cross and Bushmans Estuary mouth and further up the +/- 25km of navigable river. You may launch your boat from the slipway on the lagoon with safe swimming to the right (no lifeguards). For an epic sundowner try Bushman’s Bar and Grill overlooking the Bushmans River mouth or the floating Sandbar on the river – mixed reports regarding the food and service. There are some great braai and picnic spots which are protected and there is a grassed braai area just off Beach Street.


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Kwelera Point to The Haven

Fishing, hiking, forests and adventuring.

Morgan Bay

This is a lovely village with unspoiled beaches.For fishing avoid the cliffs as they can be treacherous without local knowledge. The low reefs in front of Morgan Bay are good for reef fish. Duck Pond is a good deep-water spot for shark, shad or dusky kob. This is a great area for surfing just south of Morgan Bay, on the right-hand reef. Morgan Bay has an average small swell. (public domain image)There is a great scenic walk to Double Mouth. You can also canoe do boardsailing in the lagoon. No visit to Morgan Bay would be complete without a visit to the Hotel’s Deck Restaurant and Bar – a 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean the rugged Wild Coast. This is a great spot for the family holiday!


St Lucia to Kosi Bay Lakes
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The 35km tarred road winds through the park so you can see rhinos, bushbuck, eland etc on the way to this glorious paradise. There is no petrol in this part of the park so be prepared.

This is a fantastic surfing spot with good reef and sand combination near the crocodile sanctuary. There is plenty of fishing and you may launch your ski boat for game fishing. The beach offers bonefish, Natal stumpnose, largespot pompano and rock cod and speckled snappers from the rockier areas.

For those who are slightly more adventurous, hike along the designated paths but watch out for the crocodiles.

There is a strong shore-break so watch the littlies. This is an enforced no-drinking area so head back to the village for that sundowner. And lastly, monkeys are cute, but they are skilled thieves.

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To discover all iconic beaches of South Africa from Alexander Bay to Sodwana, purchase a copy of Life’s a Beach here.

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