Although winter has limited the amount of beach time, there are still a few who have braved the weather to capture fantastic photos or even catch a wave.
We love this fantastic photo (below) taken at Gonubie Beach in East London in the Eastern Cape. There is a boardwalk at Gonubie that offers great views of the seas and its fantastic inhabitants, like dolphins and whales.
Also in the Eastern Cape is Cape Recife, with its working lighthouse. This photo is a great capture because it's normally quite misty here. The lighthouse was built in the 1800s and its purpose was to warn seamen of the dangerous Thunderbolt Reef – named after the HMS Thunderbolt, which crashed there before the lighthouse was built. The reserve in which the lighthouse and beach are found is a great spot for birders wishing to see freshwater and marine birdlife.
Jeffreys Bay, or J-Bay to locals, is a surfer's paradise. The waves here are internationally recognised. A 2013 CNN list of the ' World's 50 best surf spots' lists J-Bay's Supertubes at number two, second only to the Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii.
Though Gauteng is not a coastal province, Craig Coetzer was able to capture a fantastic photo over a man-made dam in Muldersdrift. Coetzer explains how still everything was when he took the photo: 'One of the things I enjoyed the most when I was out there was the absolute dead silence, no distraction at all; it was extraordinary.'
Another great Gauteng capture is this beautiful photo taken in the Magaliesberg at Thaba Manzi Guest Ranch – it's a short drive away from Johannesburg and offers game drives, mountain biking and more.
In the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal is Umhlanga, a popular beach destination. In Umhlanga you will find both local and international holidaymakers enjoying fantastic shopping at the massive Gateway Theatre of Shopping, or whale watching or taking in the sardine run – a time when sardines move from the colder shores of the Western Cape to the warmer Indian Ocean shores of KwaZulu-Natal. And they are followed by dolphins, sharks and whales. It's a great time to be in this part of South Africa.
You can also capture many great seascapes in the Western Cape. We especially love the photo below because of the vantage point and the simple title that seems to capture the mood of the photograph. Graham Bartholomew, the photographer, titles it 'Memories of summer.' In the distance you can see Green Point Stadium.
If you are planning on heading to South Africa for the summer months or if you are here now, why not share your photos with the Love South Africa Flickr group – we love to see your beautiful photos of your experiences in South Africa.