Cape Town tops for SA's Blue Flag beaches

2015-10-07 12:22 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - 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 7 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. 

Additional Blue Flag Long Service awards were given to Clifton 4th Beach, silver 10-year service;  Bikini Beach, silver 10-year service; with Bronze 5-year service awards going to Silwerstroomstrand, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Mnandi beaches

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. 

Following are the all the 84 Blue Flag sites, including pilots sites - Click here to see the list for 2015/16:

City of Cape Town


Clifton 4th Beach

Camps Bay  

Llandudno Beach  

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Muizenberg Beach (Pilot)

Strandfontein Beach  

Mnandi Beach   

Bikini Beach 

Melkbosstrand Beach (Pilot)

Seaforth Beach (Pilot)

Fish Hoek Beach (Pilot)


Kleinmond  Beach  

Hawston Beach  

Grotto Beach  


Witsand Beach  

Preekstoel Beach  

Lappiesbaai Beach  

Gouritzmond Beach  

Jongensfontein Beach (Pilot)

Stilbaai West Beach (Pilot)

Mossel Bay

Santos Beach  

De Bakke Beach  

Hartenbos Beach  

Klein Brak Beach 

Eden District

Wilderness Beach (Pilot)

Leentjiesklip Beach (Pilot)


Buffalo Bay Beach (Pilot)

Brenton-on-Sea Beach (Pilot)


Robberg 5 Beach 


Nature’s Valley  


The Dunes  

Cape Agulhus 


Roman (Pilot)

Kassiesbaai (Pilot)


Thesen Islands Marina

False Bay Yacht Club Marina  

The Water Club Marina  

Yachtport SA Marina  

Harbour Island Marina  


Gaia Boats  

Damara Boats  

Robberg Express Boats 

Whale Whisperer Boats  

Dream Catcher Boats  

Oyster Catcher Boats  

Sousa Boats 

Dolphin II Boats  

Fling Boats  

Eastern Cape Beaches

Dolphin Beach  

Cape St Francis Beach (Pilot)

Humewood Beach 

Kings Beach  

Hobie Beach 

Hamburg Beach  

Birah Beach (Pilot)

Boknes Beach (Pilot)

Middle Kenton on Sea Beach (Pilot)

Kariega Beach  

Kelly’s Beach  

Kleinemonde Beach (Pilot)

Mtenthu Beach (Pilot)

Mzamba Beach (Pilot)

Eastern Cape Marinas

Royal Alfred Marina  

KwaZulu-Natal Beaches

Marina Beach  

Trafalgar Beach  

Lucien Beach  

Southport Beach  

Umzumbe Beach 

Ramsgate Beach 

Hibberdene Beach  

Blythedale Beach (Pilot)

Salt Rock Beach (Pilot)

Willard Beach (Pilot)

Zinkwazi Beach (Pilot)

Dokodweni South Beach (Pilot)

Brighton Beach (Pilot)

Umgababa Beach (Pilot)

Umdloti Main Beach (Pilot)

Umdloti Tidal Beach (Pilot)

Umhlanga Main Beach  (Pilot)

Westbrook Beach  

Ushaka Beach  

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