Margate & Surrounds

The best-known area on the KZN South Coast, villages such as Shelly Beach, Uvongo, Margate, Ramsgate and St Michaels on the Sea provide families with endless opportunities to relax, pick up pretty shells, build sandcastles, play, swim and boogie board in the ocean waves or tidal pools. St Michael’s beach is favoured for surfing, Uvongo for its waterfall, Shelly Beach for ski boat fun and fishing charters, as well as 2 large malls, Shelly Centre and South Coast Mall for those with symptoms of shopping withdrawal. Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts, delicious homemade sweets, jewellery, décor items that will help you create the beach vibe back home, sport, beach and casual wear brands and equipment, beach toys and accessories.

Two of its towns have been voted KwaZulu-Natal’s Town of the Year, Margate in 2017 and Uvongo in 2019. Margate, the tourist hub of the KZN South Coast is also home to the inimitable South Coast Bike Fest, solidifying Margate’s reputation as a happening beach destination. Sip cocktails on sky bars overlooking the famous palm-treed beach and choose between many seafood and steak grills and pubs.

Explore artistic Ramsgate from the beach on the scenic Ramsgate Marine Ramble, stopping at the Whale Viewing Deck to spot whales and dolphins. Then turn inland for a sumptuous meal, be sure not to miss Margate Art Museum, Nyandezulu and the Gamalakhe Time Travel Experience.