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The cleanest and safest beaches in South Africa

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has released a list of the cleanest and safest beaches in the country which achieved the Blue Flag status for 2022/23. In total, 51 beaches achieved the Blue Flag status and Western Cape leads with 33 beaches followed by the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with nine beaches each.

Nineteen Pilot sites received recognition for their efforts in working towards the minimum requirements for Blue Flag Status.

The Blue Flag programme is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status in South Africa, as many as 33 different criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

Western Cape

  • Silwerstroomstrand   
  • Clifton 4th      
  • Camps Bay     
  • Llandudno      
  • Muizenberg    
  • Bikini  
  • Melkbosstrand           
  • FishHoek        
  • Onrus 
  • Kleinmond     
  • Hawston         
  • Grotto
  • Castle Beach  
  • Struisbaai       
  • Witsand         
  • Preekstoel      
  • Lappiesbaai    
  • Jongensfontein          
  • Gouritzmond  
  • Stilbaai Wes   
  • De Bakke        
  • Hartenbos      
  • Klein Brak       
  • Santos Western
  • Glentana        
  • Wilderness     
  • Herold’s Bay   
  • Robberg 5      
  • The Waves – Keurboomstrand          
  • Nature’s Valley          
  • Lookout          
  • The Dunes      
  • Singing Kettle 

KwaZulu Natal

  • Marina
  • Trafalgar        
  • Southport       
  • Umzumbe      
  • Hibberdene    
  • Ramsgate       
  • Thompson’s Bay        
  • Willard
  • Blythedale

Eastern Cape

  • Cape St Francis          
  • Dolphin          
  • Marina Martinique    
  • Humewood    
  • Hobie 
  • Kings  
  • Kariega           
  • Kelly’s 
  • Middle Kenton on Sea

If you’re planning on spending your summer at the coast, these blue flag beaches are definitely worth the visit. If you wish to view some amazing career opportunities in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.