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