The road to get naked - waterfalls for skinny dippers

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Cape Town - Traveller24 understands that South Africans love water sports; surfing, body boarding, diving, swimming, and a good skinny dip.  

READ: 7 Tips for travellers to survive South Africa's water restrictions

We also understand what South Africans hate most during the summer… clothes. They end up sticking to your body when you're sweating and make things  uncomfortable.

The perfect way to end a good road trip is to strip down and cool off in one of these beautiful waterfalls.

Weather you bare it all or just dip your feet in the water, this skinny dippers route will create some special memories for your summer break.

Treat yourself, your family and your loved ones to a road trip to these great spots.

Waterfalls for skinny dippers

1. Mac Mac Pools

Check out these pools for a fun picnic and a plunge in the clear rock pool. Visitors are not allowed to swim at the base of this waterfall but can enter one of the many pools nearby (just 2km away from the main fall). 

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2. Maalgat rock pool - Cederberg

A secluded rock pool tucked into the mountains is a sweet release for any zen-seeker. Cool off in the Hippo Pool - it's the best reward after a hike in the Cederberg mountains. 

3. Meiringspoort Waterfall De Rust

An hour’s drive from both George (60km) and Oudtshoorn (40km) and four hours from Port Elizabeth. It's a 10km walk to the Meeringspoort Waterfall, nestled in the Swartberg Mountains. The water is freezing but utterly refreshing. 

4. CapeNature Groot Winterhoek - Porterville

Clear waters, rugged rock formations and abundant wildlife make this stop off a road-trippers paradise. Travel along the N7 from Cape Town for one and a half hours and take the Cardouw turn off. Entry into the park is R60 for adults and R35 for children. Among the many things to do in the reserve, a stop at the crystal pools is a must. 

5. 22 Waterfalls - Waterval Farms

This 'Waterval' is located in a private nature reserve situated at the foot of the Olifantsrivier Mountians, 4km from Porterville. It is one and a half hours from Cape Town on the N7 towards Namibia. 

6. The Horseshoe Falls 

4kms off the Old Lydenburg Road in Sabie, Mpumalanga, the falls are in the shape of a horseshoe. The small waterfall’s unique shape has made it one of South Africa’s national monuments. 

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7. Battery Creek Falls

A three hour drive from Johannesburg, stop off at this natural wonder near Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga. Kaapsehoop is an area known for its wild horses. You can access the waterfall with a permit from "Koek-en-Pan" along the village main street. Make your way to the waterfall for a few hundred metres down into the gorge, to the bottom of the falls. Be careful of slippery rocks when wet. After your swim, warm up in the sun on the pebble beach.