South Africa is blessed with sun, sea, sand and the most beautiful beaches!

This past December hundreds of thousands of South Africans were once more able to enjoy these blessings on our coastline and were also joined by thousands of tourists escaping the bitterly cold of the Northern Hemisphere!

The most beautiful and well cared for beaches are rewarded with what is known as “Blue Flag Status”.

Our female sports photographer Denese Lups visited the Cape with her family and took a few stunning photos of some of these beaches which we would like to share with our visitors.

The fishing vessels at Struisbaai in photo by Denese Lups

We have always believed that photos can tell a story better than words can – and these photos will illustrate the beauty of the South African coast and why it is so important to care for our beaches!

It is our privilege to share not only the action photos on the rugby pitch captured by Denese, but also some amazing and Proudly South African photos.

Jetty at Struisbaai in photo by Denese Lups

What is the Blue Flag Programme?

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to approximately 3650 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.

Beautiful view of a fishing vessel at Struisbaai in photo by Denese Lups

The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.

Fishing at Arniston in photo by Denese Lups

Stones at Arniston in Photo by Denese Lups

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Blue Flag history

Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa


Jaco Lups enjoying the sand dunes at Port Alfred

Jaco Lups enjoying the excitement of dune boarding in Photo by Denese Lups