Beach please! SA ranked as best safari-beach destination

2017-03-09 15:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - South Africa's beach attractions sure do standout as they keep flying the tourism hotspot flag, this time ranking as one of the best safari and beach destinations according to The Telegraph for 2017.

South Africa's golden sands at the Thonga Beach Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal have seen it being listed ahead of the likes of Florida, Japan and Cuba.

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"Here is where you will relax in your thatched bush suite, over looking Africa's most unspoilt wilderness beaches."  We couldn't agree more as the destination, forming part of South Africa's first world heritage site the iSimangaliso Wetland park. 

And there is no better place in Southern Africa than iSimangaliso in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal to witness one of the oldest rituals on the planet. Every year, for the past 100 million years, female leatherback turtles have emerged from the ocean – mostly at night - to lay their eggs on beaches - read all about photo-journalist Scott Ramsay's experience here - The turtles of iSimangaliso


South Africa is well-known for being one of the best beach destination on the globe boasting a coastline of over 2 500km, making every inch of the coastline a sublime spot to soak up some sun. 

Here are some of our other proudly iconic beaches:

Clifton beach

Rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the cable and satellite television network Discovery Travel Channel, Clifton beach is also Top 10 Topless beaches in the World.

SEE: Yeah for Gay: Cape Town beaches voted 6th best in the world

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Jeffrey's Bay

Located in the Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world and hosts the annual World Surf League (WSL) surfing event at Super Tubes during July.

SEE: 13 fantastic reasons to go to JBay Winterfest

Grotto Beach

Grotto beach is the signature white sand Cape seascape set in the signature Cape Coast small town - Hermanus. With white dunes, a mountain backdrop, easy access to some of the best food and white purveyors on the coast and with unobtrusive beach facilities, this is one of SA’s top beach spots

SEE: PICS: Stoked Southern Right whale hits the waves alongside Hermanus surfers

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