51 of the cleanest and safest beaches in South Africa in 2022

 ·7 Nov 2022

The Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has announced that 51 Blue Flags will be flown at South Africa’s beaches this year, joined by four marinas and two sustainable tourism boats.

The group has published its official list of Blue Flag beaches for the 2022/23 period,

Nineteen Pilot sites received recognition for their efforts in working towards the minimum requirements for Blue Flag Status.

The Blue Flag programme is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

Most of the Blue Flag beaches are in the Western Cape, with 33 beaches listed in 2022. This is followed by the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal, with nine beaches each.

Notably, none of the beaches in eThekwini (Durban) has been granted Blue Flag status this year following the severe flood in the region, which led to sewage and other waste flooding into the sea.

On top of the full-status beaches, 20 beaches will also be pilot sites for Blue Flags this year.

The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators.

In South Africa, Blue Flag has been operational since 2001 and has proud municipal, marina and tourism boat partners in 18 coastal municipalities around the country.

Blue Flag is voluntary, which shows a very strong commitment to environmental sustainability from those municipalities, marinas and tour boat operators that are awarded annually. All properties and companies that apply for the Blue Flag award are assessed by a South African National Jury as well as by the Blue Flag International Jury in Europe.

These are the Blue Flag beaches for 2022/23:

Western Cape

Beach Region Municipality
Silwerstroomstrand Western Cape City of Cape Town
Clifton 4th Western Cape City of Cape Town
Camps Bay Western Cape City of Cape Town
Llandudno Western Cape City of Cape Town
Muizenberg Western Cape City of Cape Town
Bikini Western Cape City of Cape Town
Melkbosstrand Western Cape City of Cape Town
FishHoek Western Cape City of Cape Town
Onrus Western Cape Overstrand
Kleinmond Western Cape Overstrand
Hawston Western Cape Overstrand
Grotto Western Cape Overstrand
Castle Beach Western Cape Overstrand
Struisbaai Western Cape Cape Agulhas
Witsand Western Cape Hessequa
Preekstoel Western Cape Hessequa
Lappiesbaai Western Cape Hessequa
Jongensfontein Western Cape Hessequa
Gouritzmond Western Cape Hessequa
Stilbaai Wes Western Cape Hessequa
De Bakke Western Cape Mossel Bay
Hartenbos Western Cape Mossel Bay
Klein Brak Western Cape Mossel Bay
Santos Western Cape Mossel Bay
Glentana Western Cape Mossel Bay
Wilderness Western Cape George
Herold’s Bay Western Cape George
Robberg 5 Western Cape Bitou
The Waves – Keurboomstrand Western Cape Bitou
Nature’s Valley Western Cape Bitou
Lookout Western Cape Bitou
The Dunes Western Cape Bitou
Singing Kettle Western Cape Bitou


Beach Region Municipality
Marina KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Trafalgar KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Southport KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Hibberdene KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Ramsgate KwaZulu-Natal Ray Nkonyeni
Thompson’s Bay KwaZulu-Natal Kwadukuza
Willard KwaZulu-Natal Kwadukuza
Blythedale KwaZulu-Natal Kwadukuza

Eastern Cape

Beach Region Municipality
Cape St Francis Eastern Cape Kouga
Dolphin Eastern Cape Kouga
Marina Martinique Eastern Cape Marina Martinique
Humewood Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Hobie Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Kings Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Kariega Eastern Cape Ndlambe
Kelly’s Eastern Cape Ndlambe
Middle Kenton on Sea Eastern Cape Ndlambe

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