Margate is a seaside resort town about 20 kilometres southwest of Port Shepstone. The river which flows into the sea at Margate is called “Nkhongweni” (place of entreaty) because the original inhabitants were reputed to be so mean that travelers had to beg for hospitality.
In 1908, Henry Richardson, an English surveyor laid out the town. He named it Margate after another seaside resort on the northern coast of the county of Kent, in the United Kingdom.
Margate features Blue Flag Beaches for swimming, snorkelling, and surfing. Many apartment buildings offer accommodation for visitors. It also contains a shopping street and many restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs.
Margate hit the world headlines in 1922 when an enormous, white, furry creature (dubbed “Trunko” due to it having an elephantine trunk) was washed up on the beach. The “Margate monster” was too decomposed to be identified accurately.
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