Margate is situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It is a very popular family holiday destination so it has all the expected fast-food joints, restaurants, pubs and well developed beaches. Margate's Main Beach is a blue flag beach, which indicates excellent safety, water quality and facilities. Margate is one of the most convenient bases from which to dive Protea Banks.
History of Margate
Margate had its beginning in 1919 when Hugh Ballance bought a farm near the mouth of the Nkhongweni (place of begging). Legend has it that the local tribe was so mean that stranded travellers quite literally had to go down on their knees and beg for hospitality.
Margate made the headlines in 1922 when a large white-haired creature (much like a Polar bear) was seen fighting with a few Whales close to shore. The creature lost the battle and was washed up on the beach.
The creature was named 'Trunko' because of its distinct trunk-like feature that was attached to its body (there was no noticeable head). 'Trunko' lay dead on the beach for 10 days but no positive identification was made during this time and the carcass later disappeared into the ocean.
Today Margate is a very popular seaside resort.