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Margate Tourism Information

Quick Facts: Margate

  • Beach:  Swimming, paddling pools, a fresh-water swimming pool, a mini-golf (putt-putt) course, paddle boats and a water amusement park.
  • Water Sports: Fishing: Fishing from the Pier or try game-fishing, Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing
  • Golf Courses: Margate Golf Course and Southbroom Golf and Country Club
  • Reserves:  Lake Eland Game Reserve, Skyline and Uvongo Nature Reserves
  • Margate Bird Park
  • iverbend Crocodile Ranch

Distance to Airport: 5 km

Distance to City: 2

Introducing Margate

Margate is a seaside resort town in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.  Margate is located about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. The river which flows into the sea at Margate is called "Nkhongweni" (place of entreaty) because the original inhabitants were reputed to be so mean that travellers had to beg for hospitality. In 1908, Henry Richardson, an English surveyor laid out the town and named it Margate after another seaside resort on the northern coast of the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom.

Margate is home to beautiful beaches which are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. Many apartment buildings, hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfasts offer accommodation for residents and visitors.

Complemented by a nice shopping street and lots of restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs, Margate is a holiday destination for many South African and international visitors.Margate in South Africa is the tourist capital of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. It has a beautiful beach of golden sand with palm-shaded lawns. Marine Drive is the town’s main business centre, with banks, shops, cinemas, restaurants etc. 

Margate is the Center of the "Hibiscus Coast" just over an hours scenic drive from the airport and City of Durban. This South Coast holiday region has a warm subtropical climate of sunny days, warm winters, lush green countryside with rolling hills covered in sugarcane. There are sweeping valleys and gorges, nature reserves with wild game, crocodile farms and roadside markets. All along the coast are sandy beaches, with waves to surf and dolphins to watch.

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