South Africa’s first nude beach is officially open months after approval.
Hundreds of people have been flocking to disrobe at South Africa’s first official nudist beach.
KwaZulu-Natal’s secluded Mpenjati beach, located outside the town of Margate on the southern coast of the country, was first given approval to be recognized as the country’s first nude beach in November of 2014. But it took months to become ratified after a series of objections of concerned locals, reports the Times Live.
In April, police were even called in to arrest a group of nude beachgoers—at the request of the community group Concerned Citizens Group, the members of which had traveled from all over the nation to protest the beach’s opening.
But Serge Pavlovic, chairman of the South African National Naturist Association, spoke up for his fellow nudists.
“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,” Pavlovic told the Times Live.
The local Hibiscus Coast Municipality stepped in in defense of nudist beachgoers and no arrests were made.
“We are the only naturist beach in the world with a code of conduct, so we are very proud. It’s an absolutely fantastic beach and we are looking forward to promote and bring naturists all over the world to this wonderful part of the world,” Pavlovlic told the South African.
Mpenjati beach is now open to naturists from around the world.