Hot sunny days are best spent in the sunshine with fresh ocean vibes to cool down sunkissed bodies.
There are plenty of unique beaches within our national parks that might be less crowded. Pack your picnic goodies, slip on the comfy shoes and dig your toes into the soft white sand for a perfect day. We rounded up some of the best choices to complete your summer.
Words and Images by René de Klerk. Originally published in SANParks Times.
Platboom Beach – Table Mountain National Park
This Cape Point beach is popular amongst experienced surfers and not without reason. Apart from great wave action, wildlife often roams near this unspoilt beach. It is a great option for wetting your toes, exploring the rock pools at low tide and sandboarding the white dunes.
Views: Dunes, crystal waters and Cape Point in the distance
Remember: Large waves and strong tides, no facilities and no lifeguards.
Diaz Beach – Table Mountain National Park
You can’t miss this beautiful beach to the west of the Cape Point Lighthouse. Take a break from the crowds by spending some time here. The walk to get there and back prevents crowds from accessing this beach.
Views: giant cliffs surround this picturesque beach
Remember: South-easterly winds can be a problem, strong currents, no facilities or lifeguards.
Woody Cape Beach – Addo Elephant National Park
Situated in the Woody Cape section of the park near Alexandria, this beach with its magnificent dunes in the background will leave you breathless. You can access the beach via the Woody Cape Nature Lodge, following the short pathway on foot down to the beach.
Views: The largest and least degraded coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere
Remember: Steep climb to return from the beach and no cell phone reception or facilities.
Nature’s Valley Beach – Garden Route National Park
This Blue Flag beach stretches between the Groot and Salt River mouths, surrounded by indigenous vegetation, crystal clear lagoons and chirping birds. Also, the village of Nature’s Valley offers a restaurant nearby, making this the perfect outing for the day.
Views: No explanations needed – one of the most beautiful beaches in the country
Remember: Life guards are only on duty in season
Kwass se Baai – Namaqua National Park
This park is not only famous for its flower displays. Just 18km north of the Groenriver, Kwass se Baai is one of the most beautiful beaches in the coastal section of the park. It is popular during low tide, but can be used all day long.
Views: You will be surrounded by the azure blue waters of this little bay
Remember: No facilities available and you need a 4×4 to get there. Go for real isolation!
Lagoon – Agulhas National Park
Getting to this breath-taking stretch of water is not a long walk for anyone staying inside the rest camp. The beaches in the area are very rock, which makes the lagoon the perfect choice for water lovers.
Views: A rocky bank separates the lagoon and ocean, but at high tide fresh water enters the lagoon.
Remember: No facilities, but if you stay in the rest camp it is just a short walk.