South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game.
The Western Cape offers beaches, lush wine lands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
The country is also home to some beautiful beaches and we will be exploring some of them in this article.
1. Paternoster Beach
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. It is situated 15 km northwest of Vredenburg and 145 km north of Cape Town, at Cape Columbine between Saldanha Bay and St Helena Bay. The town covers an area of 194.8 hectares.
This is a very popular holiday destination and the long white sandy beaches are perfect for a nice stroll and the beach is positioned perfectly that you can see the most outstanding sunsets. Watching the whales and dolphins from Paternoster beach is very popular in this quaint fishing village. The friendly fishermen offer freshly caught crayfish that you can purchase straight off the boat.
2. Grotto Beach, Hermanus
Grotto Beach is well known for its massive stretch of stunning sandy beach and ocean. It is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and boasts a view of the mountainous areas behind whilst still having a seemingly unending view of the beach. This beach is perfect for swimming, suntanning, games, and long, leisurely walks and with ample parking, it is the ideal holiday point for many.
The beach itself stretches for almost 18 km, making the walk an exercise but an enjoyable one.
3. Ballito, Dolphin Coast
Ballito is a holiday town located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ballito is about 40 kilometers north of Durban. It forms part of the KwaDukuza Local Municipality and iLembe District Municipality. Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline, hence the nickname Dolphin Coast.
4. Muizenberg Beach, South Peninsula
Muizenberg is a beach-side town in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast. It is considered to be the main surfing spot in Cape Town and is currently home to a surfing community, centered on the popular ‘Surfer’s Corner’.
5. Santos Beach, Mossel Bay
Santos Beach is a sandy bay area known for the dolphins and whales that can be seen here. Intriguing landmarks, shops, and restaurants decorate the section at the back of the beach, making it popular with vacationers and locals. You have the opportunity to swim in the warm, clean water with your family and friends.