Ramsgate has a quaint village atmosphere and beach front holiday
cottages nestling amongst the indigenous coastal bush, which is
so typical of this subtropical region. The beaches, lagoons and
glorious walks along the sandy shore are enjoyed by visitors that
prefer a quieter place. You will also find a modern apartment
block here and there, which bear testimony to Ramsgate's increasing
development potential and popularity.
Restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, ethnic crafts, homemade
jams and preserves are all to be found in Ramsgate. The fishing
is good - the birdlife fantastic - and the living is easy. Ramsgate
is a wonderful part of the world to live in - or visit for a while.
During winter, starting in June, more often than not there is
a spectacular display of large migrating pilchard and sardine
shoals. They appear close to the shore between Port Edward and
Umkomaas. They are usually accompanied by many predators, including
dolphins, birds, large game-fish and a variety of sharks.
Sometimes millions of these small fish are beached by the incoming
tides and that is when the "sardine fever" grips the
local fisherman and visitors alike, as they scramble to catch
a bucketful of sardines. Shad-fishing off the rocks and piers
is extremely active during the sardine run and for those who love
the taste of ``fresh from the sea", shad has no equal.
Nature puts on a wonderful display - with birds diving into the
ocean from lofty heights - dolphins wave-jumping and surfing in
the translucent waves - and you may enven spot a whale basking
off-shore. Generally the safe-bathing nets are lifted to avoid
the unnecessary capture of dolphins - but are reinstated the moment
the shoals have passed.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm
Home to more than 200 Nile crocodiles, ranging in size from hatchlings
to 50-year old monsters.
The top spot in the region for boardsailers, and the tidal pool
is refreshed every morning at the morning tide. Ski boats are
launched from Ski Boat Bay and charters are available at the various
Barn Owl Arts and Crafts centre
Offers traditional Zulu dancing on Sundays.