Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Margate is situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, and is an extremely popular holiday resort. Here you will find a myriad of restaurants, fast food stalls, pubs and well developed beaches.
The Main Beach in Margate is a blue flag beach, which indicates an excellent level of safety, water quality and facilities. Margate is also the most convenient base from which to dive the Protea Banks.
History of Margate
Margate began in 1919, when Hugh Ballance bought a farm near the mouth of the Nkhongweni (place of begging). Legend has it that the local tribe of this area was so mean that travelers had to get down on their knees and beg for hospitality.
Margate made headlines in 1922 when a large white haired creature resembling a polar bear was seen fighting with a few whales close to the shore. The creature was killed and washed up on shore.
This creature was named 'Trunko' because of its distinct trunk like feature that was attached to its body. Trunko lay dead on the beach for 10 days; however, no positive identification was ever made during the time. The carcass later disappeared into the ocean.