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Unique and distinct - the seaside town of Ramsgate

Life in this coastal town just south themselves, European settlement was EDITOR’S
of Margate is a tropical dream, slow – the many rolling hills, rivers, gorges EXPERIENCE
combining pale blue skies, white- and ravines made the going difficult for
sand beaches, lush vegetation and the traditional pioneer ox wagons. 1895 Having recently enjoyed a week-
an assortment of mixed characters living marked a significant year in the town’s end in Ramsgate, I must say this
in this upbeat town. Ramsgate truly has it development – a ship carrying sugar, the seaside town is a real treat. Every-
all. Beaches and golf courses; fine hotels, Fascadale, was wrecked off the shore of one I met was extremely friendly
music clubs and concerts; and, around the current town’s location. This same and very generous with sharing
town, countless restaurants. year, the railway from Durban to Rams- information about the area. I was
This is an area blessed with beautiful gate was completed, opening up the way particularly impressed with the
scenery – from indigenous coastal and riv- for a stream of new migrants to the town, largest bottles of Tabasco I have
erine forest, golden beaches and the blue including Captain Crompton, who started ever seen and with what must be
Indian Ocean to the rolling hills cultivated up a trading store on the newly named the largest selection of Tabasco
with sugar cane and bananas. The many Fascadale Road. The Fascadale also lent flavours at almost every restaurant
gorges, lagoons and rivers add to the scen- her name to the local post office, and to I went to!
ery. Bird life is abundant and larger game the now burgeoning small community on
can be seen in the surrounding nature the north bank of the lagoon which was
reserves. Then there’s the rich marine life soon to grow into a true town – Ramsgate.
found off the coast – including plenty of The famous Ramsgate Waffle House
shark species, whales and dolphins. is situated literally right on the beach with
Ramsgate’s history begins with origi- great views of the lagoon and a wooden
nal inhabitants of the area who were the walkway connecting you to the magnif-
hunter-gatherer San people; they were lat- icent beach. A pleasure to share with a
er pushed out of the area with the arrival group of friends, a magnificent sunset,
of the Zulu and then European and Indi- good times and great memories!
an peoples. While Zulu clans established

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