Coastal SA dorpies you might have never heard of

2019-10-28 04:45 - Gabi Zietsman
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Ever thought about throwing a dart at a map and taking a trip to wherever it lands?

Well this list is kind of like that - but for coastal towns in South Africa. You've had your fill of Hartenbos, Balito and Plettenberg Bay and are ready for an adventure to somewhere you might have never heard of before - far away from the crowds.

Our country is full of hidden gems - you just need to travel outside of your comfort zone to find them.

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Northern Cape


Its two main attractions are the Aristea shipwreck and the Abalone Farm - as well as its isolation far from anyone.


This is the spot for birders at the Buffels River estuary, where you can also snack on some locally grown oysters.

Port Nolloth

It's nearby the mouth of the Orange River at Alexander Bay. Take a walk past the lighthouse at sunset before snacking down on a seafood bonanza.

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Western Cape


A tiny village, it has an expansive estuary that takes on an eerie feel when the mist rolls in.

Rooi Els

Between Gordon's Bay and Pringle Bay, this coastal hamlet has a lovely protected beach where you'll hardly ever see a crowd.


The lesser-known sister of Struisbaai, the dorpie is completely surrounded by the Agulhas National Park.

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Only one road goes to this settlement of Mossel Bay, it's beach is its biggest drawcard where you'll spot many an oyster catcher.

Victoria Bay

One of the Garden Route's forgotten little villages, this is an amazing spot for surfing.

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Eastern Cape


On the border of Tsitsikamma, it has many secluded beaches where you can spot whales and dolphins.

Oyster Bay

Near St Francis Bay, this is a spot where marine life thrives, so tread lightly along its coastline.

Cannon Rocks

In this spot the wind is well-loved by kitesurfers who frequent its shores.

Kayser's Beach

Come for the beach, but stay for the fishing, or take a hike to the mouth of Chalumna River.

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On the Sunshine Coast section of the Eastern Cape, it's close to the buzz of East London but far enough to catch some pignose from the river.


Once a military post, it has typical coastal Wild Coast views onto the ocean, complete with isiXhosa charm.


Off the grid, it has both a river and the sea where you can practice your canoe skills.


Travel to the Transkei in this town where tradition is still strong.

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The fishing village has few shops, but a lot of heart for those looking for a quiet coastal escape


This town about 140km from Durban is most well-known for the Prawn Shack - a popular foodie spot.

Tugela Mouth

The waters of the roaring Tugela Falls eventually reach the ocean here and has a backpackers, a caravan park and resort on offer to visitors.


This island community is almost right on the border with Mozambique, but beware of the crocodiles and hippos.

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