Welcome to Ramsgate, a peaceful, artsy, picturesque and central holiday destination, situated about 5 kilometres south of Margate on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ramsgate boasts beautiful sandy beaches with excellent fishing opportunities from the beach and rocks. The main Blue Flag Beach is situated at the mouth of the Bilanhlolo River and offers paddle boating and canoeing on the lagoon. All ages can wallow in the calm and salty Indian ocean water of the Tidal Pool, perfect for having a refreshing swim.
The Blue Lagoon Restaurant is also situated on the main beach and has a popular laid-back “surfer-style” Cocktail Deck with fabulous sea and lagoon views. A perfect spot to take in the artistic sunset hues whilst tantalising ones taste buds. Friendly beach vendors selling their bright beach sarongs, beachwear, buckets and spades invite one to do some “beach shopping”. One can expect a safe swimming and a relaxed beach experience under the watchful eye of qualified Lifeguards.
SkiBoat Bay a little further south, is alive with boating and deep-sea fishing activities. It is life-guarded in season, however is popular with body-boarders, surfers and swimmers all year round. Scrumptious light seafood meals delight the palate at the Hibiscus Beach Cafe situated here, whilst you watch the Gannets and Sea-gulls plump from poaching fish from the larder of the sea and fishermen. You, and your furbabies, will enjoy ambling along this idyllic stretch of beach with its scattered little rocky bays.
Is there anything quite as blissful as sauntering by the seashore? Experience fresh air, breathtaking sea-scapes and beautiful coastal flora and fauna along The Ramsgate Marine Ramble, a 5km self-walking trail along the beach and seashore between Ramsgate and Southbroom, a true paradise and photographer’s delight.
Other interesting attractions and activities in Ramsgate include the village Antique shops, Whale Viewing Deck overlooking the main beach, Tanglewood Forest along the lagoon, Bellevue Eco Park, S’Khumba Crafts & Coffee, the Wild West Museum at Pistols Pub and the Riverbend Crocodile farm, Art Gallery and wine cellar. You will be surprised at how interesting taking a Banana Farm Tour is, or discovering Ramsgate’s history on the Ramsgate Historical Walking Tour hosted by the newly established Eco Information Office.
Ramsgate is famous too for its many fine Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes like The Lobster Pot, Crayfish Inn, Burlesque Cafe, Popeyes Pub, The Waffle House, La Capannina Italian Restaurant, Just So Chinese, Chefs-on-Marine, Flavors, Rocky Ridge – home of music, Pistols Saloon & Wild West Museum, and Riverbend Croc Cafe.
Shoppers will delight in unique crafts, baskets, leatherware, homeware, shells, antiques, pottery, art and delights at Gaze Gallery, Artists Gallery, Tinkers Den, Natalies Shells, Trading Post, Riverbend Art Gallery & Wine Cellar, Skhumba Crafts, Natural Interiors, 2 Crabby Ladies and Baobab Gallerie.
Ramsgate hosts an iconic and unique annual event too called the Book and Art Festival. One of the highlights being that the book “Cry the beloved Country” was written by Alan Paton in the first holiday cottage in Ramsgate called Whaleback Cottage, still operational as a loved holiday home.
Nearby, enjoy world class picturesque golf courses like Southbroom, San Lameer & the Wild Coast. Adventure seekers are spoilt for choice closeby with activities ranging from scuba diving, shark cage diving, wakeboarding, hiking, horse riding, Segway tours, Ziplining, the highest Gorge swing in the world at Oribi Gorge, abseiling, and even white water rafting! Everyone deserves a little pampering and there is an abundance of quality beauty spas in the area.
For a wonderful morning’s outing savour bottomless coffee at Beaver Creek the largest most Southernmost Coffee Farm in Port Edward and try their Coffee Tour. Satisfy the whole family at Macbanana in Munster, the largest “farm stall” on the KZN South Coast, famous for its Pancake House, farmyard, butterfly dome and much more. For more family fun, the Wild Coast at Port Edward offers a casino, Tenpin Bowling and Waterworld. Avid shoppers will love the two big Malls at Shelly Beach with most of the well known South African anchor stores, and a cinema.
Bird watching is excellent in this southern coastal part of KwaZulu Natal with almost 400 species being recorded. For nature lovers, there are a number of nature and game reserves within 15- 40min drive of Ramsgate namely Umtamvuna Nature Reserve, Oribi Gorge Nature reserve, River Valley Nature Reserve and Lake Eland Game Reserve. Estuary & wetland areas like Mpenjati Nature Reserve attract a wonderful variety of marine life. Another unique place to visit is the Red Desert Nature Conservation area in Port Edward, the smallest desert in the world. Reptile lovers can visit the largest reptile park in Southern Africa at Pure Venom in Izotsha.
With so much to do, Ramsgate really is a gem perfect for exploring, eating out, shopping or simply relax. BillsBest Holidays offers selected seaside and beachfront holiday and B&B accommodation in Ramsgate and the owner Bill says, “Come to Ramsgate, paradise is not the same without you”! Follow this link to start planning your next well deserved holiday, come sit on the beach rocks and watch the brilliant sunrises over the sea or the beautiful sunset hues kissing the waves…www.billsbest.co.za