Look for The Blue Flag

Beaches and marinas that have attained the Blue Flag designation are operations who have shown clearly that they meet a strict set of practices that will foster tourism while respecting and caring for the environment.

The Blue Flag is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, an international organization dedicated to sound environmental practices. The award to a site is given after specific objectives are met based on these guiding standards: education, information, monitoring, management, and safety.

The Blue Flag initiative began in Europe and became an international movement in 2001 when South Africa adopted the initiative for use at our own beaches. The initiative has now been adopted by countries all over the world as shown in this map from the Blue Flag website. The red arrow points to SA Blue Flag beaches.



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The Blue Flag Channel on You Tube recently featured this clip on Durban.


Interested in visiting our lovely South African Blue Flag beaches? Here’s the list by region:


Blue Flag beaches in KwaZulu-Natal

Richards Bay: Alkantstrand

South Coast: Lucien Beach, Marina/San Lameer Beach, Southport, Trafalgar Beach,

Umzumbe (Pumula) Beach

Blue Flag beaches in the Northern Cape

Port Nolloth: McDougalls Bay Beach

Blue Flag beaches in the Eastern Cape

Port Alfred: Boknes Beach, Kelly’s Beach

Kenton-on-Sea: Kariega Beach, Middle Beach

Jeffrey’s Bay: Dolphin Beach

Port Elizabeth: Humewood Beach, Kings Beach

Kleinemonde Beach

Blue Flag Beaches in the Western Cape

Gordon’s Bay: Bikini Beach

Knysna: Brenton-on-Sea, Buffalo Bay

Cape Town: Camps Bay Beach, Clifton 4th Beach, Llandudno, Mnandi Beach, Muizenberg Beach,

Silwerstroom, Strandfontein Beach,


Mossel Bay: De Bakke, Gouritsmond, Hartenbos Beach,Santos Beach

Hermanus: Grotto Beach, Hawston Beach, Kleinmond Beach

Plettenberg Bay: Keurboomstrand, Natures’ Valley, Robberg 5th

George: Kleinbrak Beach,Wilderness Beach

Still Bay: Lappiesbaai Beach, Preekstoel


Vredendal, West Coast: Strandfontein Beach

Breede River: Witsand Beach

Why visit South Africa?

The reasons to visit South Africa are numerous. The climate, the biodiversity, the food and wine, the people, the mountains, the beaches…the list goes on and on. It is easy to get here, too; there are flights from almost every major city in the world.

There is something for everyone in South Africa. So, what are you waiting for?