First Nudist Beach opens in South Africa

The KwaZulu-Natal Naturist Association has hailed the official opening of South Africa’s first nudist beach as a complete success.

Naturists defied the threat of arrest and a confrontation with angry residents at KwaZulu-Natal’s first nudist beach as they let everything hang loose at the unofficial opening last weekend.

Dozens of people turned up to use the 250m (820ft) stretch of beach, which lies within the eastern Mpenjati Nature Reserve.

While the beach was approved in 2014, its formal unveiling has been delayed because of on-going objections, the council says. Officials had to intervene on the naturists’ behalf over the Easter weekend, after the Concerned Citizens Group – which opposes the beach – called the police. The group argues that local bylaws allowing it haven’t yet passed, but the council says it’s merely a technicality.

“We are here legally. There is a lot of emotion around this, people don’t understand that naturists want to be one with nature. There is nothing sexual about this,” Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African National Naturist Association said.

He added that his group was “very proud” to have created a code of conduct for the beach, which outlines unacceptable behaviour.

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