Choose one of these scenic waterside destinations for your summer escape.

Bontebok National Park

Watch the sky erupt in beautiful colours from banks of the Breede River in the Bontebok National Park. Relax on the riverbank with a blanket or welcome in the evening with a braai from the comfort of your campsite.

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The calm waters of the Breede River in the Bontebok National Park. Picture by Kate Collins

Albert Falls Dam

The Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu-Natal is a haven for watersport lovers and ideal for family outings. Set up along the dam’s edge and enjoy the setting sun in the company of good friends, family and food.

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A golden sunset at Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Get comfortable in Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area at the popular Hippo Haunt restaurant. Look onto a picturesque pool teeming with birdlife while you watch the sun go down.

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This is the view from the Hippo Haunt Restaurant in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Picture courtesy of Big Game Parks of Swaziland

Augrabies Falls National Park

Bring a blanket and refreshments and watch the sunset at Echo Point. The stillness of this spot is interrupted only by birdcalls and the sound of the Orange River flowing below.

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The sun sets over the Augrabies Falls National Park. Picture by Kate Collins

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

Tucked in the forest, the Whiskey Creek Cabin is only accessible by canoe. Relax on the open deck and admire the lush vegetation and gentle flowing river. Bring your guidebook along to identify forest and river birds.

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The Whiskey Creek Cabin is the only accomodation in the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve. The cabin is reserved for groups that paddle the 7km Whiskey Creek Trail and can be booked by only one group at a time. Picture by Scott Ramsay

Olifants Camp, Kruger National Park

Survey your surrounds from lookout platforms situated several hundred feet above the Olifants River. From here, scan for signs of wildlife while a red sun sets over Africa’s magical bushveld.

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Elephant crossing along the Olifants River. Picture by Mandi Cramer