Cows, goats, donkeys, chickens and dogs…the villagers of the Transkei have dubbed these five animals their very own Big Five (fun fact). The difference between this Big Five and South Africa’s so-called Big Five? These animals roam freely – no fences restricting them, they are accustom to traffic, spotted frequently during your travels and definitely don’t require a booking at an expensive safari lodge. There are not many places in the Transkei that you won’t get to without an adventure down a bumpy dusty road, each one curling and zigzagging around hundreds of magical hills. Brightly coloured thatched huts are sprinkled all over the grassy terrain, it’s the type of landscape an artist or photographer would dream of capturing and to see these landscapes first hand was a wonderful experience.
If toes could smile, mine would have been grinning broadly while twirling in the glassy water of Jubilee Creek. A short drive through what the Knysna locals call the ‘Rheendal ramble’, led us to The Forest Edge nature reserve where we stumbled upon a little gem of a place, Jubilee Creek. Continue reading
As the long weekend approached us, the nagging feeling of exploration grew strong. A last minute decision on Thursday morning landed us a booking at the Diepwalle nature reserve, deep in the heart of the Knysna forest. We opted to spend the night camping in the deck tents. What a fulfilling experience it was.
Travelling along the N2 from Jeffreys Bay to one’s destination, the Tsitsikamma Lodge passes in a blink of an eye. Next time you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a right when you see the lined logs welcoming you to the lodge, as there is a beautiful trail awaiting at the edge of the forest. Continue reading
Do you see that small white dot on the edge of a shrubby cliff, overlooking the incredibly massive Indian ocean? Well that is a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the privilege of staying at. It is near impossible to take in the beauty that this place has to offer. Continue reading
The Lookout. My favourite Plettenberg bay restaurant for sure. With its rustic wooden deck overlooking the sea and its laid-back vibe it is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Situated a step away from the beach and hidden at the bottom of one of Plett’s residential suburbs, it is not your typical restaurant. Continue reading
Earlier this year we discovered magical haven hidden in the middle of the Knysna forest. While browsing the Internet for various hikes and trails in the Harkerville area, I stumbled across the Drupkelders trail. It was fairly nearby and after a morning of markets and good food we decided to get our hearts pumping and head to the forest for some exercise. After buying permits and receiving some tips about the difficulty of the trail, we made our way to the starting point. Continue reading