South Africa | Boulders Beach Penguin

South Africa | Boulders Beach Penguin

A penguin taking a stroll along Boulder’s Beach, near Cape Town in South Africa.

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South Africa | Tsitsikamma NP Waterfall Trail Hike

South Africa | Tsitsikamma NP Waterfall Trail Hike

Tsitsikamma National Park lies just east of Plettenberg Bay, and is most famous for the Otter Trail, a multi-day trail 44km long which follows the coastline. We only had half a day, so did the Waterfall Trail, which is actually the first few km of the Otter Trail and leads to a waterfall (the name kind of gave that one away!) There wasn’t much water flowing when we got there, but it’s a beautiful hike (and relatively challenging) with stunning coastal views along the way.

South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

South Africa | Blyde River Canyon

Lots of people fly to Johannesburg and drive straight to Kruger National Park, several hours east of Joburg. In their rush, they miss the beauty that is Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the US and Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia.

This view is at the Three Rondavels viewpoint, where we stopped off on our way back to the airport in Joburg.

South Africa | Bottlenose Dolphin

South Africa | Bottlenose Dolphin

Boats… not exactly a love affair of mine. I have a few too many stories involving uncomfortable or dangerous ferries, large waves, and, well, vomiting! This one wasn’t all that different! I took a boat from Knysna on the coast of South Africa; the harbor is in a very calm lagoon, with only a narrow passage out to the open water (known as the Knysna Heads). As soon as we got out – big swell accompanied by the usual nausea!

But it was worth it – we saw seals, an African penguin, plenty of bird life, and a pod of bottlenose dolphins feeding in the waves just off the beach nearby. It was difficult to take pictures with the big waves, but I managed to get the timing and framing just right with this one.