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The ultimate guide to KZN's blue flag beaches

Nine KZN beaches have been awarded the prestigious blue flag status for the 2016/17 season (beginning November 1, 2016).  Durban boasts two of those beaches, while the South Coast is home to the remaining seven. We take a look at the beautiful beaches which have made the coveted cut to be recognized as 'blue flag.'

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A Blue Flag is an international award given annually to beaches that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, and environmental management. 


South Africa is just one of 40 countries internationally which participates in the programme, with KZN's tally of beaches now joining 4300 others globally - to be recognized for their beauty and excellence. 


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With tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit KZN shores over the festive season, the province's beaches will be packed with merrymakers. 


Some KZN beaches still closed following harsh weather conditions


Whether you're a holiday-maker, or a resident - here's a list of the province's blue flag beaches for you to explore: 


Marina Beach, near Margate:

Marina Beach is a regular annual recipient of blue flag status - mostly due to its location between two famed holiday resorts. The palm tree-lined stretch of land leading to the beach, and the plush coastal vegetation, makes Marina Beach a water-lovers paradise. 

Natural tide pools and rock pools in the area also make it a great spot for families with young children to visit.


Marina Beach


Trafalgar Beach, Trafalgar (near Port Edward):

Situated in the tiny South Coast village of Trafalgar, this beach is a stones-throw away from Marina Beach - and similarly, offers visitors a glimpse of KZN's natural coastal beauty. 

The beach is situated in the famed Trafalgar Marine Reserve, which also houses the Mpenjati Nature Reserve. Mpenjati beach - which is KZN's first (unofficial) nude beach - is also a popular tourist spot.


Mpenjati


Lucien Beach, near Margate:

This beach is accessible by a steep set of stairs, but the walk is more than worth it - if for nothing more than the beach's pristine waters and unspoiled coastline. 

It's also one of the quieter beaches in the area, and boasts a number of adjacent tidal pools. 


Lucien Beach


Southport Beach, Southport:

The idyllic seaside village of Southport is home to this beautiful beach. 

Southport Beach is tucked-away, making it a secluded spot for beach-goers to enjoy, and watch the schools of dolphins and whales which frequent the area.


Southport Beach



Umzumbe Beach, Umzumbe:

This pristine beach is surrounded by dense, coastal vegetation - and is situated a little off the beaten track. There is also a tidal pool for swimming.


Umzumbe beach


Ramsgate Beach, Ramsgate:

This picturesque beach is based at the end of an estuary, and is frequented year-round by locals and tourists alike. The beach overlooks a tranquil lagoon.


Ramsgate beach


Hibberdene Beach, Hibiscus Coast:

The beach's warm waters make it the perfect spot for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and surfing. 


Hibberdene beach


uShaka Beach, Durban:

This famous beach is situated in Durban's Point Waterfront area, and is a well-known family beach. Throughout the year, surfers and paddlers flock to the beach - which has also become a popular kitesurfing spot. 

Ushaka beach


Westbrook Beach, Ballito:

This pretty beach offers visitors warm waters, and long stretches of soft sand. It's surrounded by luscious foliage, and peppered with lovely rock pools.

Westbrook beach






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