The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Margate

Margates beach

The beach at Margate

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Margate is a seaside resort that is popular with tourists. It is situated on the Hibiscus Coast about 20 km from Port Shepstone.

The town was established in 1908 by Henry Richardson. He named it after the English town of Margate.

Much of the attraction for tourists has something to do with the sea. There are sandy beaches which are ideal for sunbathing, surfing and snorkelling. There also rocky areas which attract fisherman and those wishing to explore the coastline.

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Margate also offers many restaurants and pubs as well as a variety of holiday accommodation.

Margate has a beautiful rocky shoreline

Margate has a beautiful rocky shoreline

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 113

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 211

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 329

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 132

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 220

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 121

Getaway - Vol 35 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2024 - Page: 28

Country Life - Issue 209 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 55

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 195

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 130

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