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Best Summer Trials in South Africa

Life comes back in full force during summer and South Africa is no exception. The majestic vistas and beauty, the mountain ranges and so on all help show off the natural wonder of the country. There is a reason the country and particular cities have won numerous awards; a mixture of this natural beauty, how it’s protected and how it is shown to tourists all combine to give South Africa the place in the world.

Yet, within this, there are specific places where you can get the most out of this natural beauty, that are often overlooked and therefore more likely to have spots open for visiting,

Rixile Bush to Beach Route

The self-descriptive name indicates what this whole route is about.  Starting at Phalaborwa, the trail takes you through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, through the small towns of Chókwe and Xai-Xai, heading north.

The route demonstrates a unique way of providing the best of the bush and the beach – this means you should prepare for differing conditions. Therefore you should pack appropriately and use the correct kind of vehicle. It’s recommended you dress warm – despite it being summer – and take plenty of water.

Karoo Highlands

Everyone knows the harsh beauty of the Karoo. All the wonder and difficulties of the desert can be experienced. The route itself winds through Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Williston, Carnarvon and Beaufort West. The area that covers 400 000km², however, is known as the Great Karoo. People have been living and surviving here for millennia: tourists can experience ancient caves paintings and habitats, as well as animals, like kestrels, baboons, ostriches and aardvarks.

Despite this enjoyment, this is still a famous, harsh desert. The route is long and hot. It is advisable to have a proper 4×4 vehicle, like a Jeep Wrangler or a Ford Bantam (and then a Bantam canopy to protect your belongings from the harsh conditions).

The Coastal Route

South Africa is so diverse that within the one country, you can go from grassland to desert and, as we noted, to the sea. If you want to maintain a close proximity to the coat, while still travelling, the Eastern Cape is the perfect way to do this. Beginning in Tstsikamma, the route takes tourists through famous attractions like Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, the Sunshine Coast, through the village of Hogsback before taking tourists to the beaches of the incredible Wild Coast.

You are advised to pack plenty of towels and beach gear.

If the amazing spaces in South Africa all had to be named, you’d never have enough time to visit any of them. Take advantage of the travel and sometimes overlooked parts, to gain all the benefits of the land without the irritations of hundreds of other people.

The Coastal Route

Of course, some prefer to use the summer as an opportunity to get as close to the sea as possible. A coastal drive, therefore, might be perfect. The Eastern Cape, with its expansive landscape, has a route which allows tourists to be right by the ocean. Starting at Tstsikamma, it will take you through famous attractions like Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, the Sunshine Coast, through the village of Hogsback before leading you to the beaches of the incredible Wild Coast. You are advised to pack plenty of towels and beach gear.

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