I was asked a while ago to share this article by Yowzit.com on South Africa’s best beaches. With Summer upon us, I thought it was about time I did!
'With no shortage of sunshine on 2500km of coastline, South Africa boasts a wonderful selection of beaches to enjoy. From the busy, bustling destinations in Durban, to the secluded, untouched paradise along the Wild Coast. South Africa’s top review site, Yowzit, has just revealed the top 10 beaches in the country as voted for by thousands of users, and here are the results.
In third place was Llanddudno Beach in Cape Town. Away from the more popular beaches in the mother city, Llandudno beach is a favourite amongst Cape Town’s elite – it’s only 200m long and is surrounded by natural bush, with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Although the sea is icy cold, the picturesque beach is one of the country’s most loved.
Second is Ramsgate Beach in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This beach is wide, sandy and hosts lots of activities all year round. With the permanent sub-tropical climate and warm waters, it’s perfect for swimming all year round, and there’s plenty of bars and restaurants nearby once the sun sets. A must-see if you’re in the Durban area.
But the winner, almost unsurprisingly, is Camps Bay in Cape Town. Boasting one of the best stretches of coastline anywhere in the world, this beach has everything. White sand, water sports, stylish bars, top restaurants and lots of beautiful people! Again the water is usually cold, but it’s worth it, as by Yowzit’s visitors seemed to agree.
Don’t forget the sunblock kids!
Camps Bay Beach
More terrifying facts about overfishing. Now if only the EU would act responsibly and stop fueling the problem.
'Despite an increased awareness of overfishing, the majority of people still know very little about the scale of the destruction being wrought on the oceans. This film presents an unquestionable case for why overfishing needs to end and shows that there is still an opportunity for change. Through reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, fisheries ministers and members of the European Parliament, MEPs, can end overfishing.
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#Travel - Too true. My favourite thing about it.
Madagascar. - Thank you all for the interest and warm commentary on my Madagascan posts. There were many, as it took me a while to go through my photos and memories in the hope of doing this wonderful country justice. As I shared all that I had lived and seen during my short visit, I wished for you to love it, and long for it, as I now do. In summary:
The capital Antananarivo and the way it shimmers in the evening sun, its vibrant markets and the intensity of African city living. The Andasibe region which I’ve renamed a Naturalist’s Promised Land. Such beauty, creature loving, lemur treats and hiking amongst trees so tall they touch the sky.
The Palmarium Reserve. Boats trips and car rides. Towns I passed along the way. Beautiful people, children I was lucky enough to spend hours with. Pure waters, pristine beaches. Festival experiences, sadness, tradition, evolved understanding. Hope!
The most wonderful company assisted with my travel arrangements, specifically Benjamin of Madagacar Tour and my driver/guide for the week, Tina. In the pic above I am saying goodbye to Tina at the airport. I miss him and his country and western singing a he drove me around, answering my MANY questions in his mix of French and English. Good people.
I used the Bradt Guide to Madagascar it is detailed, informative, very much a travel companion. I highly recommend it.
One more thing and most importantly, we all need money whilst traveling and specifically in Madagascar where there are very few ATM’s to be seen once you’ve left the airport and Antananarivo. I recommend that you carry a reasonable amount of cash. Either Dollar or Euro, although in more far lying regions they will only want ariary.
My advise is that you change your Rand before you go with Travelex SA. It’s what I did. Of course if you’re traveling from somewhere other than South Africa, have a look at Travelex.com. They will help you from wherever you are based.
I got caught out at the airport when I didn’t have any cash left to pay the Airport Departure Tax. Keep Dollars or Euro aside for this. It applies to internal flights too.
I do hope that in some way I have inspired you to include Madagascar on your travel wish list, that you do get to visit and that you see it with the same inspired joy that I did. Personally, I am longing to return!
Madagascar. - Antananarivo. With one of the traders at the market. This lady was the seller of traditional herbs and remedies. Cures for everything from a broken heart to a lack of abs. I brought some of them home and drink the one tea. Still waiting for the superpowers to kick in. But I know they will!
Madagascar. - Antananarivo. The ‘Black Angel’ statue in the middle of Lake Anosy. The country’s most famous monument, erected in 1927 in memory of the Malagasy Soldiers that died on the frontline during World Madagascar. - Antananarivo. The meat market, like none I’ve seen. Twenty or more independent meat traders clustered together. I opt not to eat meat, but I did much enjoy the nose to tail approach and the respect and value with which the various animals are treated.
Madagascar. - Antananarivo. The ‘Black Angel’ statue in the middle of Lake Anosy. The country’s most famous monument, erected in 1927 in memory of the Malagasy Soldiers that died on the frontline during World War 1 whilst fighting for France.