Margate, KwaZulu-Natal

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Margate's main beach
Margate's main beach
Margate is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Margate is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 30°51′00″S 30°22′00″E / 30.85000°S 30.36667°E / -30.85000; 30.36667Coordinates: 30°51′00″S 30°22′00″E / 30.85000°S 30.36667°E / -30.85000; 30.36667
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityRay Nkonyeni
 • Total29.21 km2 (11.28 sq mi)
 • Total26,785
 • Density920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African47.3%
 • Coloured2.2%
 • Indian/Asian3.1%
 • White46.9%
 • Other0.6%
First languages (2011)
 • English35.8%
 • Xhosa22.5%
 • Afrikaans19.8%
 • Zulu18.4%
 • Other3.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code039

Margate is a coastal resort town in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. The river which flows into the sea at Margate is called "Nkhongweni" (place of entreaty) because the original inhabitants were reputed to be so mean that travellers had to beg for hospitality.

It is one of the major hubs for tourists who are looking to visit the eastern coastline of South Africa.


In 1908, Henry Richardson, an English surveyor laid out the town and named it Margate after another seaside resort on the northern coast of the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom.

Margate hit the world headlines in 1922 (although this date is often disputed and stated as 1924) when an enormous, white, furry creature (dubbed "Trunko" due to it having an elephantine trunk) was washed up on the beach. The "Margate monster" was too decomposed to be identified accurately.


Margate is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline about 15 km south-west of Port Shepstone and 127 km southwest of Durban. It is situated between Uvongo and Ramsgate in which Uvongo lies north and Ramsgate lies south.[2][3]


Margate Central Business District

With Margate being a major seaside resort, majority of its economy comes from tourism. Signs of this can be found on the coastline where hotels and holiday accommodation apartments lie.

Reputable hotels and holiday accommodation in Margate include the Margate Hotel, Margate Sands, Seagull Holiday Flats and the Desroches Hotel.[4][5][6][7]

It features Blue Flag Beaches for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. Many apartment buildings offer accommodation for residents and visitors. It also contains a shopping street and many restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs, Margate is a spot where many South Africans and foreign visitors spend their vacation. [8]

Margate is busiest during school and public holidays when inland residents travel to the coast. Christmas and Easter are especially busy times, with Margate's main street often clogged with heavy traffic during these times.

Margate is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South Africa and had the third highest inflow of new visitors in December 2019 in South Africa after Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay in the Western Cape Province. This means that Margate had the highest inflow of new visitors in December 2019 in KwaZulu-Natal.[9]


Margate has one police station, and one hospital Netcate Margate Hospital which is a private hospital and four shopping centres Hibiscus Mall, Margate Centre, Emoyeni Centre and Margate Mall/Shoprite Mall. Nearby and larger shopping centers are Southcoast Mall and Shelly Centre, both located in Shelly Beach.[10][11]

The Margate Country Club is located on the western outskirts of Margate on Wingate Drive. Other golf courses in the broader South Coast area are in Port Shepstone, Port Edward, Southbroom, Hibberdene, Pennington and Scottburgh.[10]


Public Schools[edit]

  • Hibiscus Primary School[12]
  • Margate Middle School[13]
  • Margate Primary School[14]

Private Schools[edit]

  • South Coast Academy[15]
  • Hibiscus International Academy



Margate Airport is located on the western outskirts of Margate in its Extension 3 neighbourhood. The airport is small-scale, and only offers one scheduled domestic route to Johannesburg offered by CemAirKing Shaka International Airport, near Durban and about 166 km north-east of Margate is a larger alternative with many domestic and international air routes.


The tolled R61 freeway cuts through Margate and connects Margate via its Exit 33 off-ramp. The R61 connects to Port Shepstone and Durban (via the N2) to the north and Port Edward, Mbizana and Mthatha to the south.

An alternative route to the R61/N2 South Coast Toll Route is to take the R620 heading north towards Port Shepstone and from Port Shepstone, the R102heading further north if heading north towards Durban.

Margate is also served by the R620 Marine Drive/National Road which runs parallel to the R61 but more towards the coast and connects to Uvongo, Shelly Beach and Port Shepstone to the north and Ramsgate, Southbroom and Port Edward to the south.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Margate". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Distance Margate, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF > Durban, EThekwini, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF - Air line, driving route, midpoint". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  3. ^ "Distance Margate, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF > Port-Shepstone, Ugu, Kwazulu-Natal, ZAF - Air line, driving route, midpoint". Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  4. ^ "Self Catering Accommodation South Coast | Margate Beach Hotels". First Margate Sands. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  5. ^ "The Margate Hotel". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  6. ^ "DESROCHES HOTEL - Prices & Lodge Reviews (Margate, South Africa)". Tripadvisor. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. ^ "Seagull Holiday Apartments". Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  8. ^ Lodge, Margate Beach (2017-11-03). "South Coast hosts 5 of the 6 Blue Flag beaches". Margate Beach Lodge. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  9. ^ "These are the beach towns South Africans flock to for seaside holidays". The South African. 2020-02-26. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  10. ^ a b "Netcare Linkwood Hospital". Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  11. ^ "Services | SAPS (South African Police Service)". Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  12. ^ "KZN Education officially opens Hibiscus Primary School". ECR. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  13. ^ "Margate Middle School". Skools. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  14. ^ "Margate Primary School". Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  15. ^ Academy, South Coast. "South Coast Academy". South Coast Academy. Retrieved 2021-09-19.

External links[edit]

Margate (KwaZulu-Natal) travel guide from Wikivoyage

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