This incredibly diverse country is fortunate to play host to a broad range of coastal regions. Stretching 300km east from Mossel Bay down to Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route is a spectacular coastal region of South Africa with breath-taking scenery, beaches plus a whole host of activities on offer. From kayaking, surfing, cycling, caving to coastal walks and whale-watching boat trips, you could easily spend a week exploring this fascinating region. Just be careful with the water temperature. Next stop is Antarctica!
The Elephant Coast, up near the Mozambique border, has a different climate completely and is a key nesting ground for leatherback and loggerhead turtles. Right along this country's stunning coastline you will be amazed to find stunning beaches, and scenery. The warm Indian Ocean waters are incredibly welcoming.
Best time to visit: Being such a large country, the climate varies significantly in the south vs the north. In and around Cape Town, the best months to visit for beach-time are between September and April. Up on the Elephant Coast, the beaches are spectacular all year round.
Given the more variable climate than other African beach destinations, the beach lodges in South Africa tend to be more like safari 'lodges' rather than beach resorts. One of our favourites is Lekkerwater Beach Lodge in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.