A penguin taking a stroll along Boulder’s Beach, near Cape Town in South Africa.
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.
I’m having a lazy Sunday today, but kind of wish I was back in South Africa so that I could go to the Blaauwklippen Market again! It’s held every Sunday at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate and is host to dozens of stalls with food, drinks, and local handicrafts. A great way to spend a Sunday with the family!
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.
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.
The road from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, just south of Cape Town in South Africa, twists and turns as it follows the coastline around it’s namesake, the mountain called Chapman’s Peak. Parts of the coastline are nearly vertical, and the mountainside has been cut away to build the road. It’s a spectacular drive, especially in the late afternoon when the golden afternoon sun rays light up the cliffs.
We hiked up and down Table Mountain with Lauren from Mother City Hikers recently on a very windy morning. We were hiking on the 12 Apostles side of the mountain, just above Camps Bay. After reaching the top we crossed to the next gap between Apostles to head back down. Just after starting the descent, we got to this viewpoint with the Lion’s Head in the distance and a great view of Camps Bay stretching out underneath us.