Best beaches in South Africa revealed

South Africa has been awarded 84 Blue Flag status sites for 2015, made up of beaches, marinas, boats as well as pilot status sites – all recognised for their excellence in the areas of cleanliness, safety, environmental standards and amenities.

Forty-nine Blue Flag sites have been listed in the Western Cape alone, with Cape Town laying claim to seven blue flag beaches in total – the highest number for any one city.

Despite the strong showing Vincent Shacks, Blue Flag Programme Leader, confirmed this year’s 39 beaches was a slip down from last year’s 49 confirmed Blue Flag beaches across South Africa.

South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be granted Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches back in 2001.

A remarkable 24 beaches have been on the programme for more than five consecutive years and two of these have been participating for all fifteen years that the programme has been running in the country.

South Africa’s best beaches

Beach Region Award Years
Humewood Beach Eastern Cape Gold 15
Grotto Beach Western Cape Gold 15
Marina Beach KwaZulu-Natal Silver 14
Ramsgate Beach KwaZulu-Natal Silver 14
Clifton 4th Western Cape Silver 12
Bikini Beach Western Cape Silver 12
Lappiesbaai Western Cape Silver 11
Kelly’s Beach Eastern Cape Silver 11
Kleinmond Western Cape Silver 10
Hawston Beach Western Cape Silver 10
Camps Bay Beach Western Cape Bronze 8
Muizenberg Beach Western Cape Bronze 8
Santos Beach Western Cape Bronze 7
Hartenbos Beach Western Cape Bronze 7
Robberg 5 Beach Western Cape Bronze 7
Kariega Beach Eastern Cape Bronze 7
Trafalgar Beach KwaZulu-Natal Bronze 7
Witsand Beach Western Cape Bronze 6
Lucien Beach KwaZulu-Natal Bronze 6
Umzumbe Beach KwaZulu-Natal Bronze 6
Silwerstroomstrand Beach Western Cape Bronze 5
Llandudno Beach Western Cape Bronze 5
Mnandi Beach Western Cape Bronze 5
Keurboomstrand Beach Western Cape Bronze 5

While 49 Blue Flag sites are in the Western Cape, 19 are in KwaZulu-Natal and 16 in the Eastern Cape.

Cape Town Blue Flag beaches are: 

  1. Bikini Beach
  2. Mnandi Beach
  3. Strandfontein Beach
  4. Llandudno Beach (December to January)
  5. Camps Bay Beach
  6. Clifton 4th Beach
  7. Silwerstroomstrand (December to January)

Fish Hoek, Seaforth, Muizenberg and Melkbosstrand beaches were awarded pilot Blue Flag status for the 2015/2016 summer season which means they will be considered for full Blue Flag status if certain criteria are met within a specified period of time.

The City of Cape Town confirmed it is planning to extend Blue Flag Status to these four beaches in order to bring the total number of Blue Flag beaches up to 11.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) awards the beaches blue flag status but stresses that participation in this international programme is voluntary.

The Blue Flag is an international accreditation awarded to beaches that display excellence through meeting 33 criteria covering four categories including: environmental education and information; water quality; environmental management; and safety and services.

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