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On the coast of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal, Margate is a resort town close to Port Shepstone. It was named by Englishman Henry Richardson after the UK resort in Kent. This resort is most accessible to visitors with a hire car. It remains quiet in the off-season, though tourist numbers have picked during December and January.
Of course, the most popular attraction is the coastal area, with its sandy beaches and lush, tropical flora. Tourist numbers peak during the summer (November to May) when the waters of the Indian Ocean are warm and inviting. With car hire in Margate it is easy to escape the resort and explore the coves and secluded beaches in the countryside.
Parking can be limited during the summer, so the best time to arrange cheap car hire in Margate is on the shoulder seasons, especially October to November or again from April to May. A short drive out of town brings you to beaches with ample parking, the nearest being a short drive south along the coast in Ramsgate.
The main coastal highway is R620 (Marine Drive), which is backed by the more prominent R61. These roads connect north to Umlazi, Chatsworth and Durban, where the M13 cuts west to Pietermaritzburg. The numerous and quiet coastal communities in between are best seen with car rental in Margate.
There are no railways in the immediate area, a fact that makes car hire in Margate all the more attractive. The local airport is in Margate town a few blocks east of the R61 and is mainly serviced by charter flights.