Manaba Beach lies just north of Margate.

Sometimes Margate and Manaba Beach are spoken about in the same breath. Luxury accommodation is advertised as it’s lying in the prime spot of Margate and Manaba beachfront. 

This sub-tropical part of the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, part of the Hibiscus Coast, lies just south of St Michael’s-on-Sea and Shelly Beach. It’s roughly six kilometres north of Ramsgate, another popular seaside town.

Manaba Beach is a beach holiday resort. Mainly comprised of modern resort-type apartments. One heads down here to soak up sea and sun and activities that enhance either of these.

Unsurprisingly ‘Manaba’ comes from the Zulu meaning ‘ease and relaxation’.

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Manaba Beach is +/- 800 meters from the apartments. Lifesavers on duty 8 hrs/day, 7 days/wk. Classified one of SA’s Blue Flag beaches.

If you are in Manaba Beach then you’re here to swim, sunbathe, fish, kite-surf, paddle, canoe, windsurf, bird watch, play a round or two of golf – even sight the odd whale.

This is a beach holiday destination of note and during peak season a very popular part of the coast because of easy access to larger centers of Port Shepstone and Durban.

Margate’s swimming beach is a wonderful spot with fishing piers, shops, supermarkets and entertainment galore.


For rainy days there are activities like wild water rafting or taking a barge trip on the Umzimkulu (also known as Mzimkhulu) River. Or visit Oribi Gorge, inland of Margate.

This ‘place of echoes’ is millions of years old and the views alone are worth it. View sites include Lovers’ Leap, the Overhanging Rock, the Needle and Lehr’s waterfall.

You can also take a coffee tour in Echo Valley that overlooks part of Oribi Gorge. This coffee farm produces 100% Arabica Coffee, has its own roasting facility and ‘seedling to cup’ tours daily.

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