South Africa Photos: Outdoor Scenes

 
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The southernmost point of Africa may be several hundred miles to the east of Cape Point, but the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Nature Reserve will fulfill every expectation for animal-spotting, hiking, cycling and rugged coastal perfection.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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South Africa's geographical diversity can be seen as a mixed blessing, as likely to overwhelm as to inspire. Let GORP's expertise of the outdoor realm ease anxiety and guide you to the best beaches, bushvelds, mountains, game reserves, and national parks.  
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The estimated 50,000 Cape fur seals that call Dyer Island and neighboring Geyser Rock home assure that the region's massive shark population stays well-fed, and the huge number of great whites assures adventurous divers an experience impossible to forget.  
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Once an infamous prison and now a World Heritage site honoring the hardship endured by South Africa in its struggle toward freedom, today Robben Island offers a window into a world best left behind, but never forgotten.  
Credit: Roger de la Harpe/Courtesy, South African Tourism 
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Zulu for 'Dragon Mountain,' the Drakensberg range provides access to 600,000 acres of untapped wilderness with hiking trails, rock art, climbing, and plenty other reasons to extend your stay indefinitely.  
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A few miles from the bustling metropolis of Cape Town hides the nearly silent and utterly serene cove of Hout Bay. Cruise through azure waters to Seal Island and discover the paddle-perfect face of South African sea kayaking.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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The massive plateau known as Table Mountain rises 3,490 feet from Cape Town, affording unbeatable views of the surrounding region and offering an implicit challenge to the daring: hike up, repel 330 feet down, then cycle back to the base.  
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If you want your wildlife experience to feel like a zoo on wheels, private game parks will do. But in Imfolozi National Park, you trek with armed Zulu guides in a land where the Big Five outnumber the humans and you are definitely encroaching on their territory.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Hit the beach near sunrise and watch the mist lift off a gloriously deserted three-mile beach where surfers ride the waves' right breaks and horseback riders cantor through the sand.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
 
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