Beach Painting Holidays for the watercolor artist

A pictorial look at some of the beaches in South Africa

The coast has 120 kilometres of Magnificent Beacheslapped, sometimes pounded, by the warm Indian Ocean letting us enjoy Adventure Activities like:Kitesurfing, Kayaking, Surfing, Scuba Diving and Paragliding.

Some of the best beaches are down South, behind which are indigenous forests and rolling hills often covered in sugar cane.

Amanzimtoti - The ‘place of sweet waters’ as Shaka named it, a popular holiday resort

Kingsburgh - Just down south from Toti - great beaches- Baggies at Doonside is popular with surfers and kite-boarders and has a tidal pool, Warner Beach, Winklespruit, Illovo and Karridene are also popular beaches.

Umkomaas - renowned for the Aliwal Shoal just 5kms off-shore, one of the worlds best reef dives. Nearby is the Green Point Lighthouse to remind us of the seas dangers which have given us the wrecks on which to dive.

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist…
Andre Gide

Scottsburgh - Has a beautiful cove beach offering good surfing with life-guards every day. It has a busy town life and nearby Croc World

Pennington - was a quiet coastal town but is growing daily. There is a tidal pool and is popular for snorkellingIfafa, Elysium and Mtwalume - little hamlets in amongst the sub-tropical vegetation each with good beaches Further down southHibberdene - is a very popular busy little town with interesting rock pools and a Blue flag beach

Umzumbe - “The Spot” near the Mfazazana River mouth is where the surfers hang out and a well known angling spot is Stieble Rocks

Pumula Melville, Banana Beach & Sunwich Port - all offer good beaches with great whale and dolphin watching opportunities so keep a look out

Southport Sea Park & Umtentweni - have good protected bathing beaches

Port Shepstone- commercial hub and home to a splendid black and white lighthouse.

Shelly Beach boasts not 1 but 2 large shopping malls The Shelly Centre and the South Coast Mall plus of course its Shelly Beach

St Michaels or St Mikes as the locals say is a well known surfing area

Uvongo reckons it has the most beautiful beach on the south coast! You tell me. A short paddle up the river will take you to a 23m waterfall which falls into one of the deepest lagoons in the country and if you go inland you can visit Pure Venom in Izotsha with the largest collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles in Africa.

Manaba is almost part of Margate and joined by the “Golden Mile” beach

Margate has a Blue Flag beach in the centre of the town which is almost a mile long. At night Margate becomes alive with pavement cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and discos. Margate is famous for its New Years Bash and “Summer Sizzlers”

Ramsgate North of the lagoon a piece of the original dense subtropical coastal forest, is preserved. The winding path through the forest along the lagoon ends at the Waffle House restaurant, where delicious Belgian waffles and other dishes are served. “Tanglewood” a place where artists show their work

Southbroom is between 2 lagoons and a popular place for visitors

Marina Beach is a beautiful beach with a tidal poolTrafalgar to Glenmore are popular for holidays with plenty of fun on offer at Glenmore and Leisure Bay

Port Edward is the last resort in KwaZulu Natal and is set on a lagoon. Its a popular fishing destination close to the Wild Coast Sun Casino which is always fun for a flutter