Baring It All On South Africa’s Nude Beaches

Do you feel like breaking free, getting closer to nature and finding temporary solace from a society of consumerism? Are you ready to strip away the Adidas and Nike in favour of going au naturel? Perhaps you’re just not fond of embarrassing tan lines? If you answered yes to one of the above then perhaps a bare approach to the beach is just what you need.


“in November 2014, Mpenjati Beach in Kwazulu Natal was declared South Africa’s first official nude beach”


Nude recreation has become an increasingly popular pastime. You might be surprised to learn that it’s seen as an expression of self and a showcase, not of bravado, but of being completely comfortable in your skin. So for those advocates of letting it all hang out, here’s a guide to finding your freedom minus your threads on South Africa’s beaches.

South Africa’s Unofficial Nude Beaches:

South Africa has been home to a few unofficial spots where you can strip down to your birthday suit, namely:

However in November 2014, Mpenjati Beach in Kwazulu Natal was declared South Africa’s first official nude beach open to the public. Situated 140 km south of Durban, this tranquil 250m stretch of Hibiscus coast in the Mpenjati Nature Reserve is now a place for naturists to frolic in peace, attracting a number of visitors on a regular basis.

Find the eNCA broadcast of the official unveiling here

How to find Mpenjati Beach in Trafalgar

Although you’re allowed to bare all on these beaches does not mean rules and common etiquette are tossed aside, there are still regulations that need to be adhered to.

Below is a summary of the no-no’s before you go baring your no-no’s

1. No photograph may be taken unless everyone in the picture agrees to it being taken and gets to see it afterwards.

2. Staring is not allowed, because “it’s rude whether you have clothes on or not”.

3. “No sexual behaviour of any kind”. For example: dancing in a provocative manner, sitting on someone inappropriately, swapping saliva or inappropriate touching. Swaying of hips is allowed, but pole dancing wouldn’t be, if you get our point.

4. Always take a towel and make sure you sit on it when on other people’s furniture.

5. “Unpredictable erections” must be covered up.

6. Rude comments are forbidden, as are obscene or offensive language, racism, sexism, homophobia or sexual or erotic material.

Warning sign for those entering nude beaches

Tradition by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr

Now that you found a place to get a completely even tan, will you be visiting a clothing optional beach anytime soon? Let us know in the comment section below!

Our Readers Comments

  1. Pity there are not more facilities and places in South Africa for naturists to enjoy. If only the large number of South Africa’s home skinny dippers and closet naturists will get the courage to get out there and enjoy. It is a most enjoyable family outing!

  2. I love the fact that we have atleast 1 official nude venue,more wud b amazing and visited regularly.yes Buks we have huge number of closet nudist, im 1 of them bcoz i dont have a Naturist family which makes it alot harder 2b a Naturist. I always am nude at home wen no1 is around but cover up wen theres people at home its sad that theres no1 i have met with the same interest as i have.i really wanna visit this nude beach but im afraid coz im alone and it mayb dangerous or ‘families only’ nude beach,wish i could b a Naturist all the time.

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