Tidal Pools

The earliest swimming pools in southern Africa were tidal pools, formed on the rocks from rough cement walls. Today at least one of those pools is a full size Olympic pools - the Sea Point pools, and one achieved such notoriety that it was demolished. The colonial British built these tidal pools along the Cape peninsula, and their resort towns along Natal south coast. Besides the few fishing and commercial towns, settlements along the coast developed mainly as resorts, developed by farmers from the interior, and wealthy city dwellers, who liked to enjoy their Christmas holidays at the beach. Few of these have tidal pools, as can clearly be seen on the map.

Along the cold Atlantic coast there are very few tidal pools, as the holidaymakers came mainly to fish, while Natal has numerous resort towns along the coast, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and each has a tidal swimming pool. Aside from Natal towns, the resort towns in the Cape were often remote and largely without permanent inhabitants. Changes in recent years have prompted many people to escape the cities and occupy the resorts on a permanent basis.


There are only three existing tidal pools along the atlantic coast north of Cape Town. 

Langstrand, Walvisbaai

Ganzekraal Resort

Siverstroom resort


Click here to see the tidal pools of the Atlantic coast of the Cape peninsula, and Graaf's Pool in Sea Point. Click here to see tidal pools in False Bay

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