There’s So Much to See and Do in Ramsgate!
If you think holidaying in Ramsgate is just about lying about on a beach (although it is a fantastic Blue Flag beach!) – you’re wrong! This little town on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast offers plenty to see and do.
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Ramsgate has long been a home to artists, including a quirky painter and violin maker named Paul Buck who settled here in 1922 and Willem Kotze, an artist who bought the first house here in the early Twentieth Century. Today, many artists and other creative people call Ramsgate home and art lovers and culture vultures will be in seventh heaven exploring the many arts and craft stalls and art galleries in and around town.
Tours and Walks
Explore Ramsgate and surrounds on foot. The Ramsgate Marine Ramble offers walkers 6km of superb beachside rambling – grab a map of the Ramble from the Ramsgate Tourism Office and meander from Southbroom in the South to Margate in the North and enjoy watching the bird life and spotting marine life in the tidal pools and the ocean (if you’re lucky, you may see dolphins or whales frolicking in the waves!). For more serious walkers, there are hiking trails in nearby nature reserves.
Besides splashing about in the tidal pools or lagoons, water babes can also go scuba diving (there are a variety of shark species in the area – Ragged Tooth, Hammerhead, Zambezi and Great White – or explore shipwrecks off Aliwal Shoal), snorkelling, kayaking, surfing, body boarding, paddle-skiing and kite surfing.
Wildlife and Nature
Nature reserves abound in the greater Ramsgate area, preserving the area’s fauna (coastal forests, open grassland and riverine vegetation) and fauna. These include Oribi Gorge, Umtamvuna, Episini, Uvongo and Vernon Crookes Nature Reserves. Don’t forget the marine life, too – keep a lookout for whales and dolphins from the Ramsgate whale deck or take a trip on one of the registered whale watching boats for a closer look.
Sport and Recreation
Adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer here in Ramsgate – hiking, abseiling, microliting, helicopter flips, 4×4 biking and off-road trails, horse riding, angling, scuba diving, snorkelling and even shark cage diving. A must for extreme sports enthusiasts is the Oribi Gorge Big Swing. Golfers, the area boasts 11 top-class golf courses, too.
Agri Tourist Attractions
The rolling green sugar cane plantations are characteristic of this area, as are the banana plantations, and both provide exquisite scenery. Tours of local banana and coffee farms are available.
Wine and Dine – Cafés and Restaurants
After all that rushing around, time to chill with a cold one and a bite to eat! As you’d expect from a seaside town, there are plenty of spots to enjoy delicious seafood. Those who prefer turf to surf, though, will be able to enjoy a hearty pasta, juicy steak, wholesome vegetarian dish or curry. All restaurants and pubs are individually owned, meaning there is not a franchise in sight so you can be assured personal service and attention to detail.