A Quick Guide To South Africa’s National Parks

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South Africa has a lot of amazing national parks and places to visit. Although we try our best, its difficult to cover every single detail about these parks. In fact, you can likely write books about many of these places.  It is far from complete and the guide is still growing. 

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Addo Elephant National Park

Overview

Located 72 kilometers from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest park in South Africa. The Addo region surrounds the Sundays River, which has its entrance at the mouth of the Indian Ocean.

The park was established in 1931 to protect 11 Elephants on the brink of extinction. Today, the thick bushveld is the sanctuary of hundreds of elephants, as well as Cape buffalos, endangered black rhinos, Transvaal lions, spotted hyenas, a variety of antelope species, hundreds of bird species and the endangered flightless dung beetle.

Mile after mile of the Sundays River Valley is vegetated with evergreen citrus trees that bear fruit all winter and fragrance the air with their blossoms in spring. Interesting fauna and flora can also be found in the Zuurberg Mountains, which falls within the park, such as three rare cycad and two yellowwood species.

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Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park covers 120,000 hectares of land.

  • The average annual rainfall is 450 millimeter and is spread throughout the year, although peaks do often occur in February/March and October/November.

  • The Sundays River has its entrance at the mouth of the Indian Ocean and is tidal from the mouth for 17 kilometers.

  • The park is home to more than 350 elephants and 280 Cape Buffalo.

  • The Addo Elephant National Park encompasses a unique and complex bit of earth history covering about the last 500 million years.

  • Bird Island, which is included in the park, is home to the world's largest breeding colony of gannets – about 120,000 birds – and also hosts the second largest breeding colony of African penguins.

  • The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) is located within the park.

  • The park receives about 120,000 visitors annually. International visitors make up 54% of this number, with German, Dutch and British nationals in the majority.

Must See/To Do

Game Drives

Visitors can choose between guided game drives, hop-on guides and self-drive game viewing. Two-hour guided game drives take place in the morning, afternoon and night, as well as at sunrise and sunset. Visitors are also allowed to view wildlife from their own vehicles and local hop-on guides are available to accompany them.

Horse Trails

Visitors have the choice of two horse trails: the Addo Horse Trails (where large game can be viewed from horseback) and the Zuurberg Horse Trails (which does not provide encounters with wildlife but instead offers beautiful scenic views from the mountains.

4x4 Trails

The Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail provides breathtaking views and is rich in history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the Afrikaner and British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war. Rock art paintings can be viewed throughout the area. From the route a variety of the South African vegetation types can be observed, including riverine thicket, afromontane forest, fynbos and arid nama-karoo.

Hiking Trails

The park offers numerous hiking trails. The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 32 kilometer, two-day circular trail – with the first day covering a distance of 18.5 kilometers and the second day a distance of 13.5 kilometers. Shorter hiking trails are also available. One-hour and three-hour trails can be hiked in the Zuurberg Mountains, while the PPC Discovery Trail is a short walk in the main camp.

Marine Eco Tours

Visitors interested in seeing a great white shark and/or southern right whale might want to partake in a Marine Eco-tour.

Picnic

Day visitors can enjoy something to eat in the picnic area.

Sources:

The Addo Area, Woodall, Wikipedia, South African National Parks

Agulhas National Park

Overview

Situated at the southernmost tip of Africa in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, the Agulhas National Park stretches for 45 kilometers along the coastline, from east to west, and extends up to 25 kilometers inland. The cold Benguela current, of the South Atlantic Ocean, and warm Agulhas current, of the southwest Indian Ocean, meet at the edge of the Agulhas Bank.

Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was the first to discover the southernmost tip of Africa on 16 May 1488. In 1999 the Agulhas National Park was declared as a formal protected area not only because of its geographical location, but also to protect the lowland Fynbos, the unique wetland systems, the rich cultural heritage aspects and the diverse marine life of the area.

Cape Agulhas Coast is known as the Graveyard of Ships because numerous shipwrecks of early explorers – attempting to conquer the wild seas off the southern tip of Africa – dot the coastline. The navigators of the 1400’s to the 1700’s, who discovered the sea route around the southernmost tip, observed the sun at noon when it passed the meridian and found that the magnetic compass pointed to true north. Today it points some 25 degrees west of true north.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park expanded to 21,971.0161 hectares in 2014.

  • As of 3 July 2015, Agulhas National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The highest point in the park is 309 meters above sea level.

  • The region has a Mediterranean climate – hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

  • The mean annual air temperature is 15˚C, with the average temperature in summer at 21˚C and the average temperature in winter at 14˚C.

  • Sea temperature averages 21˚C in summer and 14˚C in winter.

  • Annual rainfall varies between 400 and 600 millimeters, with 60 to 75 percent of the precipitation occurring between May and October.

  • Prevailing winds are westerly in winter and south-easterly in summer. Cape Agulhas is the windiest area along the South African coast year-round, with the least number of calm days.

  • It is believed that the waves at the southernmost point are, after those at Cape Horn, the highest in the world.

  • The sea is shallow, with the 30 meter isobath situated between 3- and 8 kilometers offshore.

  • Agulhas National Park has approximately 2000 species of indigenous plants, including 100 which are endemic to the area, and over 110 which are Red Data Book species.

  • People have occupied the Agulhas area for well over a million years and the Agulhas Plain is an exceptionally rich archaeological region. Tools from the Middle Stone Age (200,000 to 20,000 years ago) and the Early Stone Age (2 million to 200,000 years ago) have been found. Stone hearths, pottery, shell middens and tidal fish traps from the Later Stone Age (20,000 years before pre-colonial history in southern Africa) have also been discovered.

  • In the 1700s the Europeans settled as stock farmers in the area and pioneered the merino wool farming industry in South Africa.

Must See/To Do

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse & Museum

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa, and the second-oldest still operating. It has been in operation since 1849. The design of the lighthouse was inspired by the Pharos of ancient Egypt. Attached to the lighthouse is the former keeper’s house, which currently houses a restaurant and museum.

The Southernmost Tip of Africa

A cairn marks the exact location of the tip where the Atlantic and Indian oceans officially meet.

Shipwrecks

The remains of the Meisho Maru 38 wreck can be seen on the shores of Cape Agulhas. Showpieces from other shipwrecks found along the Agulhas coastline are also on display at the Bredasdorp Shipwreck museum.

View Fynbos

The Agulhas National Park is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The Agulhas Plain has great diversity of indigenous flora and unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos. Most species bloom between May and September, but there are flowers to be enjoyed year-round.

Bird Watching

The Park has exceptional birdlife, including endangered avifauna, such as the African Black Oyster-catcher. A famous birding spot is the Springfield salt pan, which was exploited by the Springfield Salt and Farming Company (Pty) Ltd, from 1914 and 1950, and the remains are now part of the cultural heritage in the park.

Fishing

The Southern Tip is a preferred spot for rock- and deep sea fishing.

Whale Watching

Agulhas National Park provides wonderful vantage points from which to spot whales. Whale watching season is from June to September.

Hiking Trails

Agulhas National Park offers two hiking trails. The circular Two Oceans Hiking Trail covers a total distance of 10.5 kilometers, which takes four to five hours to complete. However, two alternative routes with shorter distances are offered on the trail. The circular Rasperpunt Hiking Trail covers a distance of 5.45 kilometers and takes three hours to complete.

Sources

Information supplied by the Agulhas National Park, Wikipedia, South African National Parks

Kruger National Park

Overview

In the heart of the Lowveld, nestled between South Africa’s northeastern provinces Limpopo and Mpumalanga and bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the iconic Kruger National Park is the largest national park in South Africa and one of the largest national parks in the world. The park is approximately 352 kilometers long and has an average width of 60 kilometers.

The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger, and later expanded into the Kruger National Park in 1926. The park was initially created to regulate hunting and protect the diminished number of animals in the park.

In 1927 the first three tourist cars entered the park. Today, hundreds of thousands of local and international tourists enter through the park’s nine gates each year – hoping to catch a glimpse of Africa’s Big Five (the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros).

Unique Facts and Figures

  • Approximately 950,000 people visit Kruger National Park annually, with South Africans accounting for 80 per cent of all visitors. According to the SANParks Annual Report, 1,659,793 people visited the park in the year ending on 31 March 2015.

  • The park covers a massive 1.9485 million hectares.

  • There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger National Park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.

  • More than 300 archaeological sites of Stone Age man have been found in the park, as well as cultural artifacts for the period 100,000 to 30,000 years ago.

  • The park provides a sanctuary for 147 mammal species, 500 species of birds, 116 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, 457 types of trees and shrubs, 1 500 smaller plants and countless insects.

  • A 2,600-kilometre network of all-weather roads allows visitors to explore the diverse habitats in the park in their own vehicle.

  • Income from tourism and trading activities generates more than R200-million per year, and the Kruger Park plays a major role in the Lowveld's economy.

Must See/To Do

The Big Five

Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino

The Little Five

Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle

Birding Big Six

Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork

Five Trees

Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula and Mopane

Natural/Cultural Features

Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini Ruins, Masorini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library and Thulamela

Park & Ride

Visitors eager to spot the Big Five can make use of the "Park and Ride Scheme."

Hiking Trails

The Kruger National Park offers several trails through its wilderness areas and has numerous rest camps. The duration of all the wilderness trails is two days and three nights. Longer backpacking trails, lasting four days and three nights, are also available.

Guided Walks

The park’s guests can take advantage of early morning and afternoon guided walks, where two armed field guides accompany a small group of guests to share their knowledge of the fauna and flora to explain natural wonders.

Game Drives

Morning-, sunset and night drives are available.

4x4 Trails

The park offers several self-drive 4x4 routes ranging in distance from 48 kilometers to 500 kilometers. A guided one-night, motorized adventure trail is also available.

Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain bikes are supplied to visitors, who can then cycle the unspoiled bush along with two armed field guides.

Golf

Surrounded by the rich wildlife sanctuary, the Skukuza Golf Course sits unfenced within the park – allowing for uninvited spectators to make their appearance during a round of Golf.

Bird Watching

The park has an abundance of avifauna viewing opportunities. Some of the bird species in the park cannot be found anywhere else in South Africa.

Bush Braais

A game drive takes visitors to an open area filled with burning lanterns and fires where, whilst listening to the sounds of the bushveld and the distant animals calling, the food is grilled on open fires.

Sources:

Wikipedia, South African National Parks, SANParks Annual Report 2014/2015, Kruger National Park

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Overview

Located at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State Province of South Africa, near the Lesotho border, Golden Gate Highlands National Park was officially proclaimed on the 13 September 1963. The park is more renowned for the beauty of its landscape, which offers panoramic views, than for its wildlife.

The grassland biome of the park is pierced by multi-hued, eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops. Golden Gate derives its name from the color of the setting sun on the west facing sandstone cliffs, especially the picturesque Brandwag Buttress cliff. The park also features the spectacular Cathedral Cave – a 250 meter long and 50 meter deep cavern carved into the sandstone over millions of years by water, wind and fluctuations in temperature.

During the 1800s the plains around Golden Gate was swarming with game – most of which were migratory in nature. Today, the highland habitat is the refuge of a variety of mammals (mostly antelope species), birds, snakes and fishes. The rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis can be found in the park.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park covers 11,630 hectares.

  • The park is situated in one of the most important Water Catchment Areas in South Africa and more than 50% of the water supply of South Africa comes from this area.

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park is currently the only proclaimed National Park that protects the grassland biome, which is the most neglected biome from the point of view of conservation.

  • There are more than 50 grass species in the park. Three of the most common species are the Tambookie grass (Miscanthidium erectum), Red grass (Themeda triandra) and Thatch grass (Hyparrhenia hirta).

  • The ouhout (Leucosidea sericea) is the most common tree in the park.

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park has 10 antelope species, which are the eland, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, springbok, mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck, grey duiker, steenbok and the endangered oribi.

  • Over 210 bird species have been observed in the park.

  • There are seven snake species in the park, including the puff adder, mountain adder and rinkhals.

  • At a height of 2829 meters above sea level, Ribbokkop is the highest loose standing peak in the park as well as in the Free State Province.

  • The first ever fossilized Triassic dinosaur eggs were found in the park at Rooi Draai in 1973. An array of examples of fossilized dinosaur bones, roots, ferns and footprints were also discovered in the Park.

  • Upon completion of the Golden Gates Tourist facilities, there would be a total of 526 beds available in the park.

Must See/To Do

Abseiling

Visitors can abseil the cliffs of the park under the guidance of certified guides.

Canoeing

Canoeing is offered on the Gladstone Dam, under the guidance of experienced guides, for groups of 4 to 20 guests.

Horseback Riding

Guided horseback riding is available.

Swimming

Visitors can swim in a natural rock pool is situated in the hills behind Glen Reenen.

Game Drives

The park offers two self-drive loops that are tarred and well maintained. The Oribi Loop covers a distance of 4.2 kilometers and includes the Vulture Feeding Project and magnificent views of the Drakensberg. The Blesbok Loop covers a distance of 6.7 kilometers and offers breathtaking scenery, including the Generaal's Kop viewing point.

Hiking Trails

The park offers six unguided, one-hour hiking trails; one guided, four-hour hiking trail; and one 28 kilometer, overnight, unguided hiking trail.

Basotho Cultural Village Activities

  • Visitors can take the Cultural Route, which traces the footsteps of the first occupants by visiting the historical sites of Qwa Qwa.

  • On the Herbal Trail visitors can learn about all the medicinal herbs on the trail from a village traditional healer, as well as view San rock art in the caves.

  • The Museum Tour displays a depiction of the architecture and life style of the Basotho people from as early as the 16th century to the present day.

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Games

The Golden Gate Highlands Hotel offers a tennis court, volleyball and mini soccer ball.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Overview

Situated west of the southern African subcontinent in the Kalahari Desert, the second largest desert in Africa, lies the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana, and borders Namibia to the west. Approximately three-quarters of the park lie in Botswana, called the Gemsbok National Park, and one-quarter lies in South Africa, called the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park.

The Park was proclaimed in 1931 to protect migrating animals from poaching. Kgalagadi means "land of the thirst." The park is characterized by red dunes, camel thorn trees and dry riverbeds. Two predominantly dry rivers run through the park – the Nossob and Auob Rivers, which are said to flow only once per century.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is especially renowned for watching predatory animals. Mammals, like Namibian cheetahs, leopards, brown- and spotted hyenas and the black-maned Kalahari lions, as well as birds of prey, like raptors, vultures, buzzards and secretary birds, are popular attractions. Seasonal migrating animals, such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest, can also be found in the park.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park covers 3.8 million hectares.

  • The semi-arid region has an average annual rainfall of 150 millimeters in the southwest to 350 millimeters in the northeast, mainly between January and April.

  • Temperatures vary greatly from -11°C on cold winter nights to 42°C in the shade on summer days.

  • Botswana quietly sold the rights to frack for shale gas in more than half of its portion of the park in September 2014.

  • The park has a list of approximately 280 bird species; of which 92 are resident species, 17 are nomadic species, 50 are migratory species and 121 are vagrant species.

  • There are an estimated 450 lions, 150 leopards, 200 cheetahs, 600 brown hyenas and 375 spotted hyenas in the park.

  • There are three traditional tourist lodges and six wilderness camps within the park.

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Must See/To Do

Game Drives

The park conducts morning and sunset drives.

4x4 Trails

The park has six 4x4 trails ranging in length from 85 kilometers to 257 kilometers.

Picnic

There are five picnic sites throughout the park with barbeque facilities.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia

Namaqua National Park

Overview

Namaqua National Park is situated in the western part of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, just south of the Namibian border. The park is part of the Namaqualand region, which falls within the semi-desert Succulent Karoo biome – a biodiversity hotspot with the largest concentration of succulent plants in the world.

The Namaqua National Park was proclaimed on 29 June 2002 for the purpose of conserving the rich diversity of succulent plants. However, people have long since been visiting the area to admire its renowned “carpets” of colorful wildflowers. The landscape, with its breathtaking beauty and contrasting colors, is also a photographer’s paradise.

After the winter rains, tourism peaks during springtime (August and September) when a burst of spring wildflowers appear. Most of the wildflower species are protected under law and visitors who decide to pick themselves a bouquet will face fines.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park covers 70,000 hectares.

  • An estimated 100,000 tourists visit Namaqualand every year; of which 65% are South African.

  • The area has a low but reliable winter rainfall pattern, with most precipitation occurring between May and August. The eastern part of the park receives more rainfall than the west.

  • Winter wind is usually from the east, which can turn to a cold north-westerly with the approach of a frontal system, and is predominantly from the south or east in summer.

  • The bedrock within the Namaqua NP largely comprises Quartzo-feldspathic Gneiss of the Kookfontein subgroup within the Namaqualand Metamorphic Complex.

  • The park covers an altitudinal range from sea level (western boundary) to 948 meters (at Wolfhoek se Berg) on the eastern boundary.

  • Fifteen bioregions are represented within the boundaries of the park.

  • Namaqualand has about 3,000 plant species (1,500 are endemic) made up of 648 genera and 107 families.

  • Seventeen percent of Namaqualand’s plant species are listed as Red Data species.

  • It is estimated that the Succulent Karoo bioregion has about 16% of the worlds approximately 10,000 succulent plant species.

Must See/To Do

Flower Season

The wildflowers during spring time (August and September) are an absolute must see. The Namaqua National Park has not yet been fully developed and the Skilpad area of the park can only be visited by tourists during the flower season. A circular drive with viewpoints is available during this time.

4x4 Trail

The Caracal Eco Route stretches from the mountains to the coastline to allow visitors to experience a wide range of Namaqua habitats. The distance of the route range from 176 kilometers to 200 kilometers, depending on which tracks are selected.

Mountain Biking

Even though there are no formal mountain biking trails in the park, there are a wide range of roads and terrains which visitors can cycle.

Hiking Trails

The park has two hiking trails (5 kilometers and 3 kilometers) from which visitors can view flowers, as well as a longer hiking trail (6 kilometers) along the coastline.

Bird Watching

Species to search for include Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Cape Long-billed Lark, Karoo Lark, Black-headed Canary and Cape Bulbul.

Picnic

Picnic sites are available throughout the park.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia

Table Mountain National Park

Overview

Situated in the city of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, Table Mountain National Park is a uniquely urban nature reserve – fragmented by urban development and privately owned land. Beaches, bays, valleys, forests the Cape of Good Hope and the famous Table Mountain are all incorporated into the park.

Table Mountain National Park was proclaimed on 29 May 1998 to protect the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain. In 2011, Table Mountain was declared as one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. The mountain and acclaimed landmark offers spectacular views of Cape Town as well as unique flora. Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site.

The other two sections of the park are the Silvermine-Tokai section and the Cape Point section. The Silvermine-Tokai section was formed from the Tokai State Forest and the Silvermine Nature Reserve. The Cape Point section covers the most southern area of the Cape Peninsula and includes Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park includes 25,000 hectares of the Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment, as well as 1,000 km² of the seas and coastline around the peninsula.

  • Because the park has open access, it is the most visited of all National Parks – with 4.2 million visitors annually.

  • The park has 8,200 plant species – of which around 80% are fynbos. Many of the plants found in the park are endemic.

  • The Cape Floral Kingdom is the only kingdom confined to one continent.

  • Table Mountain National Park is included as part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.

  • The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau, which is approximately 3 kilometers from side to side.

  • The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is 1,086 meters above sea level.

  • Table Mountain National Park and Cape Town have a Mediterranean climate – characterized by typically hot, dry summers and short, wet, yet mild winters.

Must See/To Do

The Cape of Good Hope

The top tourist destination is rich in cultural and natural heritage. Wildlife, including eland, red hartebeest, bontebok and zebra, are found in the area. Visitors can visit the two lighthouses situated at the most southwestern point in Africa. Cape of Good Hope also offers hiking, surfing, angling, picnicking, beaching and cycling opportunities. Free guided walks are also available at Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail is an overnight hiking trail.

Boulders Penguin Colony

A colony of endangered, land-based African penguins can be viewed at the Boulders section of the park, which is situated in Simons Town. There are also three beaches and three boardwalks in the area.

Table Mountain

The mountain offers a variety of hiking trails – ranging from light strolls to rigorous hikes. The summit of the mountain provides spectacular views of the city, while the ascent takes visitors through the ancient, indigenous Afromontane forest. A shortcut to the top of Table Mountain is also available via the Table Mountain Arial Cableway.

Lion’s Head

Lion's Head is the peak to the right of Table Mountain when facing it head on and offers a short but popular hike with 360 degree views of the Atlantic seaboard, the city and Table Mountain. It has become popular to hike Lion’s Head in groups during full moon.

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, the Northern-most tip of the terrestrial area of the park, is a popular viewpoint which offers excellent views of the city and harbor. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00 in Cape Town.

Silvermine

Silvermine offers some of the best hiking trails in the park, which passes by fynbos landscapes, a dam, a river and a waterfall. Bird spotting, picnics, dog walking and mountain biking are also favorite activities in the area.

Beaches

Table Mountain National Park has a variety of diverse beaches on offer.

Fishing/Extractive Diving

The Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area is a popular fishing area for shore and boat-based fisher people as well as extractive divers.

Scuba Diving

The Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area is a scuba diving haven. What makes the area popular among divers is the numerous wrecks that scatter the coastline as well as the six restricted areas ("no take" zones) that have been established as breeding and nursery areas for marine species. Popular dive sites include the Maori wreck off the Sentinel in Hout Bay, Oudekraal on the Atlantic Seaboard and Miller's Point and Smitswinkel in False Bay.

Surfing/Windsurfing/Kite Boarding

A plethora of rocky points, reefs, beaches and open ocean Atlantic swell provide numerous breaks that work in different conditions.

Rock Climbing

Table Mountain, with its rocky ledges and huge boulders, attract climbers from all over the world.

Picnic/Braai

The park has numerous picnic and braai (to grill on open flames) areas.

Hang/Paragliding

There are numerous designated launch areas in the park, including Lion's Head and Silvermine.

Horse Riding

Popular horse riding areas include Tokai, Noordhoek Beach and Black Hill.

Forest Walks

Apart from Table Mountain’s Afromontane Forest, the park also includes Newlands Forest, Orange Kloof in Hout Bay and Echo Valley and Spes Bona on the Muizenberg mountains.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia, Siyabona Africa

Seven Amazing Things to See in Yosemite

The Unending Beauty of Yosemite National Park


Imagine visiting a national park where over 95% of the close to 750,000 acres were designated as pure wilderness. Now imagine the fact that the vast majority of the four million people each year who visit only spend their time in the seven square miles that make up Yosemite Valley.


Despite being one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, much of Yosemite still remains an unexplored wilderness.


Yosemite National Park is filled with breathtaking mountain ranges, waterfalls, mountain lakes, glaciers, and towering redwood forests. There is truly something for everyone in this impressively picturesque World Heritage Site, and we´ll take you through seven of the most amazing things to see in Yosemite.




Hike Yosemite Falls


Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the United States dropping close to 2,500 feet from the top fall to the lower fall. For the more adventurous of people, you can take a strenuous several mile hike up to the top of waterfall enjoying gorgeous views along the way.


Spring is by far the best time to visit when the snow melt and extra rains bring the waterfall to a crashing roar. If you do hike to the top, you can even wade in the river only feet from where it eventually crashes over 1,000 feet downwards to the second fall.



Hike Half Dome


Half Dome is another daunting adventure for backpackers and hikers alike. The granite dome that juts up into the sky is rounded on three sides but a sheer granite face on one side, thus giving it its name.


An incredibly strenuous 8.5 mile hike will take you to the top of Half Dome via hundreds of stairs carved into the granite rock. Alternatively, for the truly adventurous, you can choose to mountain climb the sheer granite face on Half Dome´s northwest face.



Take Your Kids Gold Panning


California used to offer the promise of striking it rich during the hay days of the California Gold Rush. Today you can still find a number of rivers where gold can be found if you bring the right patience and skills.


The Main Fork of the Merced River is one of the best places in the park to search for gold. You will need to bring your own panning equipment, though there are several nearby stores that will sell you what you needed to try and strike it rich.


Climb the Nose of “El Capitan”


For adrenaline junkies, what could be better than trying to climb up a 7,500-foot granite monolith that offers more than 3,000 feet of free fall to the valley floor below? El Capitan is a massive rock formation located in the northern part of Yosemite Valley.


Even experienced mountain climbers often need a minimum of five days to complete the climb, so make sure you plan accordingly.



Drive Through Tioga Pass


For people who aren’t up for climbing up steep mountain faces, Yosemite still offers access to beautiful, breathtaking panoramic views. The Tioga Pass is a mountain pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains that approaches 10,000 feet.


Route 120 drives right through the pass and is the eastern entrance way into the park. Leave early in the day to get the best views.



Walk Through a Grove of Sequoias


The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will help you put your size in perspective. During a leisurely walk through the old growth forest you can even walk through a massive tunnel carved out of a dead sequoia.


For a more secluded experience the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias is just up the road.



Watch a Sunset from Olmsted Point


One of the best places to watch a sunset in Yosemite National Park is at Olmsted Point which is an overlook off of the Tioga Road that offers a wonderful view into the canyon with views of Half Dome and other lakes. Olmsted Point offers some of the best views of the park for those who aren’t willing or able to scale mountain faces.



Final Thoughts


Yosemite National Park is without a doubt one of the most beautiful national areas of the United States. Whether you are looking for the adrenaline of free climbing El Capitan or want to drive to Tioga Pass to enjoy the views, Yosemite has adventures waiting for everyone.

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Care – Wild Photos

One of the most unfortunate aspects of our global civilization is that we have forgotten that the earth needs our care. The comforts and affluence that we all take for granted have led us away from any sort of proximity to the natural world.

For most of us, the natural world is nothing more than an endless mine that we expect to provide us with the natural resources our consumer driven lives need. We also see the natural world as an limitless sink that we assume will continue to dutifully absorb the enormous amounts of waste that comes with our Industrial way of living.

Hundreds of years ago, the indigenous leader Chief Seattle prophetically reminded us that “the earth doesn’t belong to us; we belong to the earth.” Belonging to the earth, of course requires us to do our part to care for the earth. Instead of misguidedly supposing that the earth exists to fulfill our every desire, developing an attitude of caring for the earth will entail accepting certain limits and boundaries to how we are to interact with the natural world.

While caring for the earth is a necessary and worthwhile task in itself, we should also understand that caring for the earth is also caring for ourselves. The same Chief Seattle also revealed that “whatever befalls the earth, befalls the children of the earth.”

By caring for the earth then, we are also making sure that the conditions will be right so that our own species can continue to flourish as part of the community of life. Caring for the natural world is a responsibility of everyone, whether you live in a New York high rise apartment or a rural Kentucky farm.

Us adrenaline junkies and outdoors enthusiasts, of course, have a special reason to care for the earth as well: without caring for the natural world, we might soon find our planet overrun by urban sprawl and suburbs, and there is not much outdoors fun to be had in those places!

About the Photographer 

Keoni Cabral is a part-Hawaiian photographer, digital artist, and abstract painter. Born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Keoni now resides in San Diego, California. Creating images and living near the ocean are two things he considers nearly as essential to his life as food and shelter.

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Water – Wild Photos

While some fad diets might urge you to fast for several days as a way to renovate your digestive system, trying to go more than a day or two without water and you will soon understand the depth of our dependence on the most vital aspect of life.

Our human bodies are made up of between 70 and 73% water. As a perhaps symbolic comparison, over 70% of the earth’s surface is also made up of water. Just as our bodies would soon cease to exist if we lost even a small portion of water in our bodies, so too does all life on our blue planet depend on the continued existence of water.

Despite the existence of massive amounts of water in our world, the vast majority of that water is the unpotable salt water of the oceans. Only 2.5% of the water reserves of our world is fresh water and much of that is up in inaccessible ice caps. Only 1% of our freshwater reserves is easily accessible through lakes, rivers, springs, and aquifers.

Despite that relatively small amount of accessible water, our modern-day civilization has been doing everything it can to waste, contaminate and squander the most precious and crucial element for life.

We are pulling water up from our aquifers faster than they can replenish. Our fresh water streams are contaminated with toxic runoff from power plants and municipal garbage dumps. Many of our rivers no longer flow to the sea because of our overconsumption of water for such trivial purposes such as watering golf courses in a desert.

The truth is simple and undeniable: without water, we cannot live. If we don’t find way to change our firmly ingrained habits and care for the water resources that make life possible, we may very well find ourselves in the paradoxical situation of living on a blue planet without water to sustain life.

About The Photographer

Keoni Cabral is a part-Hawaiian photographer, digital artist, and abstract painter. Born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Keoni now resides in San Diego, California. Creating images and living near the ocean are two things he considers nearly as essential to his life as food and shelter.

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Global Perspective – Wild Photos

The world has grown smaller in recent years; not physically of course, but in metaphorical sense our access to the wider world in today’s society is unparalleled. Our great grandparent’s generation couldn’t imagine talking on a device that could instantly connect you to the voice of another person miles away.

Our grandparent´s generation would have though it heresy to think that we could fly around the world in only a couple of hours’ time. Even our parents, only one generation removed couldn’t have predicted the instant access to events and realities around the world that has come with the age of the internet.

Despite being ever more connected, mobile, and globally-informed, our current society is unfortunately mired in a selfish, individualistic, and claustrophobic mindset. Though we may read about the plight of refugees around the world, we find ourselves unable to feel empathy. Though we hear the statistics on global warming and coming climate change, very few of us actually do anything to actually change our ingrained habits and way of life that contribute to this phenomenon.

Our ability to travel the world and see new sights is a unique privilege of our generation, but despite our travels very few of us ever experience the particularities of a different culture. At the same time, our mobility has pulled us away from any sort of connection to a real and tangible place.

While we might feel that reading the “world” section of our local newspaper is equivalent to developing a global perspective, truly understanding the distinctiveness of our great world takes effort and determination.

Understanding the complexities of our world and how our lives and livelihoods fit in to and effect this complexity is undoubtedly important. Developing empathy for the plight of others and learning how to “think globally and act locally” are more difficult, but are also essential tenets of truly developing a global perspective.

About The Photographer

Keoni Cabral is a part-Hawaiian photographer, digital artist, and abstract painter. Born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Keoni now resides in San Diego, California. Creating images and living near the ocean are two things he considers nearly as essential to his life as food and shelter.

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Best Wheeled Backpack with Removable Daypack

The best way to enjoy travelling is to pack light – this means you have to bring a bag and your belongings that are not heavy so that you can walk around and commute to your destination with ease. When talking about packing light things, you do not have to compromise the capabilities of the bag you will use. You have the option of wearing a backpack or better yet, try a wheeled backpack with removable daypack. It does not only help you pack light for your travels, but it also helps organize your belongings for maximum efficiency while you’re out.

Here are some of the best wheeled backpacks with removable daypack to consider:

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

Note: The links above & below will take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey's Ozone Convertible 50L/22" is made with 210D Nylon Shadow Bow with ultra light 6001 aluminum frame, making this a travelling chameleon. It can be converted with ease from a wheeled bag to a backpack without losing the full suspension system. On top of that, it is still carry-on compatible. The Osprey's Highroad LT Chassis integrates the robust ABS plastic back plate. It has a lightweight aluminum frame to ride on sealed and huge bearing wheels for simple rolling even on bumpy roads. It also comes with a huge front zippered panel pocket and a back pocket that has drain port for damp storage. Likewise, there’s a detachable Ozone Convertible Daypack with the main compartment having secured storage for a laptop or other gadgets. It has a front panel pocket and a zippered pocket that can efficiently hold and secure small items.


Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

The Load Warrior from Eagle Creek is designed to help users by offering maximum durability while being lightweight to carry. It is a great wheeled backpack for all sorts of adventures. It features an “Equipment Keeper” where you can strap the gear to the top of the bag, expandability and lash points for gear attachment. It also has the “Porter Key bottle opener”. It is built with a very durable Exo-Skeleton (450D Geo Ripstop, 210D Exo Skeleton, and 450D Helix Poly) that is seamlessly fabricated with the backpack. It has strategic reinforcement of wear points and this assures you that it was made to last for long time. These bags are covered by the Eagle Creek warranty, which they labeled as “No Matter What Warranty”. This covers the Lifetime Warranty as well as replacement or repair because of product failure during the product lifetime, regardless of the cause.


Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack

Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack

This Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack can be wheeled around with four spinner wheels. This backpack is designed to be sturdy and of course, functional with easy and convenient maneuverability. This model can be considered a grab-and-go wheeled backpack that can withstand the pressures of travel. It is constructed using nylon and Ripstop polyester making it strong and lightweight that can resist wear and tear. Aside from durability, this wheeled backpack features several compartments that you can utilize for your organization. It has a checkpoint friendly laptop padded compartment with separate side opening just for the laptop. Its main zippered compartment is secure, spacious and organized.


High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

This wheeled backpack has a large design with multiple compartments. It has a fully-padded sleeve that you can use for laptops or tablets, integrated “Tech Spot” tablet computer sleeve, huge side pockets that can hold a beverage or other gear, has recessed and telescoping handle that comes with amazing locking mechanism. This backpack has padded straps that are stowed behind the zippered back panel of the main compartment. It features the “Sure-Grip” top handle that is tucked down flat when not in use. It has reflective piping giving additional safety. It also has custom unibody which offers the bag maximum stability and durability.


Conclusion

Whether travelling to new uncharted regions or to your regular secluded spots, you have to bring your essentials in your luggage. You can bring them using a backpack but make sure that you pack lightly. It is best to enjoy your trip without having to worry about the things you bring along. You have the option of using a backpack or try the wheeled backpack. These wheeled backpacks offer ease of organization similar to regular backpacks but make carrying the bag easy and comfortable as you walk around or commute. There are no one-size-fits all wheeled backpacks, but you can find the right one for your needs based on your budget and the various features you desire. Keep looking online and you’re sure to find the right one!

Best Wheeled Backpack with Laptop Compartment

Back then, it was only businessmen who needed to carry mobile phones and gadgets whenever they travelled. Nowadays, bringing your laptop and your gadgets while you travel is a necessity. This is why travel backpacks now have a padded compartment for laptops of varying sizes. In fact, even the wheeled backpacks were designed to have such compartments. This simply means you do not have to bring an additional laptop bag to keep your laptop and precious digital files and data. Since most backpacks are designed to be carry-on bags during flight transport, you can have your laptop with you during the flight and/or bring it anywhere you go.

Here are some of the best wheeled backpacks with laptop compartment that you can consider for your next trip.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

Note: The links above & below will take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.

High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

The High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack is affordable, and offers value for money for computer backpacks. It is large multi-compartmented and capable of keeping a laptop and a tablet in separate compartments. It has a dedicated “Tech Spot” sleeve for tablets, as well as large side pockets for beverages and other gears. The recessed handle telescopes to full length with a proprietary locking mechanism. As a backpack, it has padded straps hidden in a zippered panel at the back of the main compartment. The “Sure Grip” handle is on top of the compartment and is flush to the body when not in use. Added stability and durability is provided by the unique unibody designed wheel housing. You can carry this backpack for extended periods and not feel any discomfort.


Samsonite Luggage Mvs Spinner Backpack

Samsonite Luggage Mvs Spinner Backpack

The Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack is equipped with four spinner wheels, allowing it to be more maneuverable than most luggage bags. Designed for functionality, ease of use, and convenience, this backpack can also withstand the pressures of commercial travel where you would expect the bags to be handled roughly. Made of nylon and Ripstop polyester also makes this strong, lightweight, durable as well as highly resistant to travel’s wear and tear. Inside are various compartments to organize your clothes and things, including a padded laptop compartment with additional side openings. The main compartment is secure and spacious. This is a great backpack to invest in, especially if you’re a serious traveller.


Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

The Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22-inch Carry-on Luggage is designed to be lightweight while maintaining maximum durability. It is a wheeled backpack which works well for traveling adventures. It has an “Equipment Keeper” to strap your gear on top of the bag, with lash points for expandability. Another unique feature is the “Porter Key bottle opener”. The bag is built with an Exo-Skeleton and 450D Geo Ripstop, as well as 450D Helix Poly materials. The wear points are reinforced for additional durability. The bag comes with the Eagle Creek “No Matter What Warranty”, which is both a lifetime warranty but also a full replacement coverage and repair if the bag does not live up to expectations. The bag is an all-around performer with the safety of your laptop assured. Lug it with you on business trips or even the wildest travel adventures. This bag can take a beating!


Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey's Unisex Sojourn 22"/45L is the best companion to travel and pack light. It is a great stroller as well as stowaway AG inspired backpack style with its suspension expanding the trips horizons. It is constructed to fit most carry-on size requirements. This wheeled backpack can also be converted as a regular backpack. The Sojourn’s quick deploy AG inspired ventilated backpack suspension lets you to carry this bag with ease and comfortably. In the rolling mode of this wheeled backpack, it features the dual-tube extended handle which gives control to you in unwieldy loads and you have a smooth control even when the going gets rough. It has multiple padded and molded handles allows easy to maneuverability. Its padded laptop compartment makes your gadget safe even if you travel on rough roads.


Conclusion

Traveling with a wheeled backpack that has a padded laptop compartment makes it is easy for business people as well as the serious adventurer because they are ensured that their digital files are safe. Most of the available wheeled backpacks today are designed with padded compartments for the laptop. Take note however, that this compartment will not take up much space at all. Depending on your budget, you can find the right and the best wheeled backpack with laptop compartment out in the market. Just check out online reviews and keep your eyes peeled for special discount offers.

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The Lightest Ultra Light Backpacks (Ladies Only!!)

Active women who love to hit the road and explore different places need a backpack that’s designed with their size in mind. Aside from the right dimensions, it also pays to go for a lightweight pack that lets you stay comfortable for the rest of the trip. After checking out several packs in the market, we are listing down the list of the lightest ultra light backpacks for women to help you choose easily.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

Note: The links above & below will take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.

HEXIN Rated 20L/33L Lightweight Foldable Backpack

HEXIN Rated 20L/33L Lightweight Foldable Backpack

This budget-friendly backpack is also light on your shoulders as it weighs only 0.46 pounds. It is a foldable bag that can fit in your suitcase when not in use. Perfect for day-to-day use and seasonal travel, it makes a great companion for it is light and durable. You can be certain it endures rugged adventures and last a long time for it is made of waterproof, tear resistant nylon. The zippers are also durable YKK metals while the rough points are reinforced with bar tacking.

The pack offers multiple pockets for organized storage. There are two small pockets on the straps for small items such as pens, keys or small phone models. It is made of breathable mesh straps for your comfort.


Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack

Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack

ecifically designed for women, this bag comes in two versions, the 28 and 32-liter pack. It is a good option if you want to invest on a mid-price range bag that can last for years. At only 2 pounds, the ACT Trail is a good pick for backpackers and hikers. It features sleek yet functional design that hugs the body. It is highly versatile as it can do well on the trail or town. The brand is characterized by quality and innovation, so it’s certain you get a quality pack that’s worth your money.

The ACT Trail features exceptional fit, even load distribution and innovative ventilation. It lightens heavy loads and stabilizes the pack so even if you have heavy gear, it won’t be uncomfortable to carry. The ventilation system reduces perspiration by up to 25%. The ergonomics ensures precise fit and excellent load transfer.


Gregory Mountain Amber 44 Backpack

Gregory Mountain Amber 44 Backpack

This women’s specific backpack offers good value for your money. It is built for every weekend camper or travel enthusiast who needs an ideal bag for one or two-day stay in the countryside or week-long surf. An alternative bottom zip loading access makes packing a breeze while other important features make it ready for the trail. It comes with a rain cover kept in the external pocket for easy access. This also serves as extra storage when weather is fine.

The top loading design has a front U-zip panel that unfastens from bottom to top to access main contents. The pack is also compatible to a hydration pack and is built with a removable daypack. The sides are equipped with water bottle and accessory pockets that compress when not in use. For your snacks or electronic devices, there are dual hipbelt pockets. The bottom has compression straps that can secure your sleeping bag.


Homdox 35L Ultra Lightweight Hiking Daypack

Homdox 35L Ultra Lightweight Hiking Daypack

This pack is ultra light, durable and a true space saver. You can fold in on its own and keep it just in case you’ll need an additional storage for a lengthy trip. This way, you can avoid overweight charges. For day trips, unfold it and use to hold your travel essentials. At a very affordable price, you get a high quality bag for day-to-day use or occasional travel.

It’s made of water and rip proof nylon, SBS metal zipper and reinforced bar tacks to make it last for years. It is lightweight, so it warrants comfortable carry that makes it suitable for school, camping or day hike. The roomy 35-liter volume space is made organized by multiple compartments that make it the perfect travel companion.


Osprey Packs Women’s Sirrus 24 Backpack

Osprey Packs Women’s Sirrus 24 Backpack

This back is designed with women’s day hiking needs in mind. It makes carrying on your back a breeze, and its ventilation features are created with a female body’s specific fit. It loads on top via zippered slash pocket. It has a panel storage and vertical center zippered compartment in front.

The incredibly comfortable mesh backpanel and adjustability options provide optimum customisation for hikers. It comes with a raincover and hipbelt.


Conclusion

The best choice for an ultra light women’s daypack boils down to your needs. Determine the features that matter to you, how much you are willing to spend and how you would want your pack to be considering the size, weight and organization options. Don’t forget to read reviews and comparison guides to make an informed decision.

Best Water Proof (or Rain Cover) Ultra-Light Backpacks

Having a waterproof backpack is a good idea to avoid the hassle of getting stuck in an unexpected rain shower. It can also protect your valuables inside from getting wet. When looking for the best waterproof backpack, the things to consider aside from a budget-friendly price tag are durability and flexibility. You would also want one that is light, easy to use and cover your things completely. Take a look at the top-rated waterproof backpacks that you can use without worrying about any weather conditions.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

Note: The links above & below will take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.

Hexin Lightweight Packable Durable Waterproof Travel Backing Daypack for Men and Women

Hexin Lightweight Packable Durable Waterproof Travel Backing Daypack for Men and Women

This multipurpose bag has a chic look and is made from high-quality water and tear resistant Nylon material. It has durable two-way SBS metal zippers across the backpack that you can zip from either side for accessibility and convenience. Its wide and deep main compartment has 2 divider layers inside so you can organize your things well. Aside from its big front bottom and top front pockets, it also has 2 deep side mesh pockets where you can put your water bottles and other small things. The strap of this backpack has 2 small elastic mesh pockets where you can easily keep your cash or keys. It has reflective strips and emergency whistle on the buckle for safety purposes. This bag is truly a space saver; you can fold it up to the front pocket when not in use.


HIKPRO #1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack for Men and Women

HIKPRO #1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack for Men and Women

This 20 Liter and 6.5 Oz backpack is roomy, handy and ultralight. This bag is definitely perfect for hiking, camping, outdoor travel and everyday use. It is made from high-standard tear and water resistant nylon and SBS metal zippers that are able to resist abrasion. The main pocket has an ample space to carry what you need. The outer pocket is tailored for quick access; an inner pocket is a safe place for your valuables; and the two big side mesh pockets are perfect for water bottles. It was designed with wide breathable mesh shoulder straps so you have no more aching shoulders when you travel. It can be folded up to a sandwich size so it is really an excellent choice for those who like to travel light


Gowiss Backpack

Gowiss Backpack

A superb choice for day trips, day hikes, travel, camping, bicycling, shopping and more. This 20L/33L Nylon backpack is durable, waterproof and unfolds from pocket to backpack. To save space, you can fold it into a zippered inner pocket. Its high-quality 2-way YKK metal zippers can withstand abrasion. This lightweight (0.46 pounds/0.5 pounds) and spacious backpack is very comfortable to use. It is classically shaped with lots of pockets where you can store and organize your things. With this backpack, you will definitely avoid excess baggage and overweight charges.


Stoon 20L Ultralight Travel Backpack

Stoon 20L Ultralight Travel Backpack

This super awesome, light and durable packable backpack is very convenient to use for any outdoor and day-to-day activities. It is made up of water resistant and highly rip polyester fabric that supports strength and long-term functionality. It has a 20 liter storage space so you can keep your items neatly organized. It also folds into a zippered inner pocket so it would fit anywhere and unfold it from pocket to backpack in seconds!


Bekahizar Foldable Backpack

Bekahizar Foldable Backpack

If reputation will be the basis for purchasing the top tent brands today, REI will definitely be in the discussion about that. The outdoor gear of this brands has, in general, a pretty solid reputation including the tents. Most of the tents from REI comes with great height superb floor space with storage option and some comes with dividers creating private rooms. Some of the tents comes with customizable rainfly, which can be rolled up on the side for more ventilation during the warmer conditions.


Conclusion

Water resilient backpacks provide a number of advantages during your journey. Aside from keeping your things dry, there is no need for you to put on a rain cover or take an umbrella. There are many options available so choosing the right waterproof backpack that will best suit your travel style really comes with a challenge. It is better to do a quick research about the product features, warranty and reputation first so you can figure out exactly which backpack to pick at a price that is right for you.

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Best Wheeled Backpack with Waist Strap

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Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

This wheeled backpack from Osprey is constructed with 210D Nylon Shadow Box. It is designed with easy access zippered top pocket. You can use this to place your bottled water or even other things such as toiletry kit or other small items, giving you quick access. It has low profile handles located on three sides making the backpack easy to grab as well as in pulling and carrying. Its convertible harness, suspension and hip belt (which are part of the main luggage) can be deployed to carry the backpack where wheels cannot go. This model also comes with detachable daypack. It is constructed using the High Road Chassis that features a lightweight aluminum frame, a high-clearance curved molded base and large wheels with sealed bearings. This Osprey Ozone Convertible can make your travel versatile, flexible and comfortable.


Victorinox Luggage Ch 97 2.0 20

Victorinox Luggage Ch 97 2.0 20

This Victorinox wheeled backpack is made with 100% of 1500 Tedeolon material. It has adjustable exterior with compression straps working to stabilize the heavy loads. It comes with secure buckle a closure that works to attach the outrider docking day bag, which is sold separately, to the front of the backpack if you want more capacity. It has a waist strap that can be adjusted, remove, and comes with secure buckle closure. This works to evenly distribute the weight. It also features a zip-away wheel cover that works to protect the wearer’s clothing from debris and dirt when the bag is worn as a backpack. It has a travel sentry-approved luggage appearance that secures the belongings. Moreover, it lets the US airport security screeners/TSA open the lock without having to resort to destroying it. It is easy to relock after inspection. This wheeled backpack is a great companion for any trip.


Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack

Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack

You have the option of packing and using this on your back or by rolling it like a suitcase. The Aviator Wheeled Pack from Timbuk2 is truly a bag that you can use whenever and wherever. It boasts of high capacity, this skillfully organized pack with urban styling is great to have wherever you go. It features a panel loading that gives you easy access to the bag. It can be expanded to through its top flap. The lightweight frame and grab handles make it easy to control and the strategically located external zipper pockets simplify last-minute grabs. It comes with skateboard wheels and bike-grip inspired handle system giving this bag an easy, urban roll. You can untuck the strap and then easily clip it in place for secure carry.


Touchdog Wuffle Duffle Wheeled Backpack/Pet Carrier

Touchdog Wuffle Duffle Wheeled Backpack/Pet Carrier

The Touch dog waffle duffle wheeled backpack is made with waterproof material for its outer shell while having very durable nylon Backpack sleeves. It comes with mesh on the flip side that mildly hugs the back while lessening back pressure. This backpack comes with wheels that give you full wheeling control and it has a height adjusted wheeled handlebar. This carrier distinctively features a side zippered entry with extra tough safeguarding buckle attachments. Both sides and the top can be totally zipped opened. In addition, the backpack features a mesh peak hole. All in all, this model is constructed well and built to last. Aside from being a backpack, it can also be a pet carrier so you can bring your beloved pet comfortably and safely.


Conclusion

There are only few wheeled backpacks that feature a waist strap. This strap is important to ease the weight and pressure as you carry your backpack (just like the regular hiking bags). The above models are designed to have such features so that you can also carry the bags for a long time. There is no one size fits all when it comes to these products. The best way to go about it is to choose the one that suits your budget and need. Have a look at the models so you’re sure that you’re getting the best wheeled backpack with waist strap.

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