Margate is the main town in the area and was named for a coastal town in England. It has been a holiday town since 1918. Margate and its surrounding villages combine to form one large coastal holiday resort. The choice of holiday accommodation is wide, from highly affordable to highly luxurious, The area has beautiful beaches and offers many tourist-orientated activities.
Adventure And Sport
Angling: The month of May brings the shad run, presenting excellent angling opportunities. Rock-angling is enjoyed all along the coastline.
Beaches: Margate’s beachfront regularly achieves the much sought-after Blue Flag Status. Protea Banks Dive Site: For those with nerves of steel! Protea Banks off Shelly Beach consist of a collection of caves, pinnacles, ridges and ampitheatres. These waters are frequented by a vast variety of sharks such as tiger, dusky, zambezi, hammerhead and blacktip sharks as well as by the bronze whaler, providing ample opportunity for shark-diving in waters with depths of 26 to 38m.
Surfing: This part of the coast is noted for its highly surfable waves.
Water-sports: Boating, board-sailing and canoeing can be enjoyed in the ocean or in one of the lagoons.
Art And Crafts
Wildabout Art and Craft Trail: The town has a number of art galleries and curio shops. The Wildabout Art and Craft Trail takes the visitor to all the art and craft stops. Take some of the enchantment home with you.
Fauna And Flora
Margate Bird Park: The Margate Bird Park has a beautiful walk-through aviary and tea garden.
Nature Reserves: Visit the Skyline Reserve and the Uvongo River Reserve to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm: Riverbend Crocodile Farm is home to more than 200 Nile crocodiles. Visit the tea room and curio shop.
Shell Museum: The Shell Museum at Shelly Beach has the largest collection of seashells in the country