NATURIST SOUTH AFRICA
Although public nudity is still technically illegal in South Africa, the country still boasts some great naturist getaways, says the Times newspaper.
Cape Town’s Sandy Bay. The renowned rocky coastal hotspot has attracted naturists for many years and is recognised as the, “heritage of South Africa’s naturist movement.”
Kiepersolkloof Private Nature Reserve is South Africa’s oldest private naturist facility, situated in the North West Province. It is a naturist-only facility that has caravan and camping sites as well self-catering cottages. It is family orientated and does not permit single persons. Their rates range from R200 to R600 (approx €13-€39) per couple per night depending on the type of lodging chosen.
Harmony Nature Farm lies near the Magaliesburg Mountains and is a family-focused facility. A stay in one of their basic self-catering chalets will set a couple back R500 per night, but all bookings are quoted individually depending on what patrons request. While singles and same-sex couples are not permitted to join the resort’s naturist weekend stays, exceptions are allowed at the discretion of management.
Sun Eden Naturist Resort is one of Gauteng’s most visited naturist destinations, and is located in the bushveld between Johannesburg and Pretoria. This resort offers naturists a scenic retreat and is registered with the Gauteng Naturist Association. Rates start at R600 per couple and no singles are allowed.
Bare Necessities Backpackers is located on a dairy farm near the village of Suurbraak in Western Cape. The facility is a member of the regional naturist association (WCNA) and operates on a first-come first-served basis where naturism is observed if naturists book first. Rates start at R75 per person for a night on their camp site and rise to R400 for a private room per night.
Umhlanga Lagoon Beach in KwaZulu-Natal operates under a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ and has gained popularity as the province’s prime nudist beach. Nudism at Umhlanga is accepted among naturists and they are unlikely to be prosecuted, with the law being difficult to enforce.