Walking in the southern Cape

We spent a week at The Dunes near Keurbooms River.  This allowed us to explore some of the walks in the region and we commenced with the hike across the Storms River on the suspension bridge and then up to the lookout point and back.  It as only 2 km all told, but the climb on the other side was pretty step and we appreciated the effort!

Next day saw us completing the very taxing Robberg Trail at Plettenberg Bay.  This is around 10 km and includes easy, well kept sections, especially on the north side, but when one gets to the open sea side, the trail becomes much more challenging and we once again felt the pain of some stiff climbs and descents.  Fortunately the path is being remade over some of the more dangerous sections, where we felt quite vulnerable scrambling up very steep and slippery rock faces.  It is a beautiful walk and we saw many seals, both on land and in the sea as well as whales and Great White Sharks!.  We were also treated to excellent geological exposures and impressive rock formations.

Robberg left our legs stiff and we needed to stretch then again, so took on the 9 km easy walk  to the end of Robberg Beach and back.  The sea was flat and there were many other walkers on this beach.

On our way to Knysna we stopped at Kranshoek and walked a couple of short trails, along the cliffs and in the forest.  Unfortunately it was bitterly cold so we avoided being out too long.

Onrus/Vermont coastal path

After yesterday’s strong winds, we wondered if the conditions would be suitable for walking, but we needn’t have worried.  The weather was warm and balmy and we had a wonderful 9 km hike along the coastal path from the Onrus River to beyond Brekvisbaai and back..  It was good to note a turn out of 17 walkers.

As usual there were plenty of birds and I noted Kelp Gull, Hartlaub’s Gull, White Breasted Cormorant, Cape Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Black headed Heron, White Fronted Plover, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Black Oystercatcher, Swift Tern, Hadeda Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Goose, Laughing Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, Common Starling, Cape Robin Chat, Cape Wagtail, Karoo Prinia, Speckled Mousebird, Southern Double Collared Sunbird, Cape Bulbul, Pied Kingfisher, Southern Boubou and Bokmakerie.

Inter-Provincial Hockey

In the last few days we had the pleasure of watching Travis representing SWD in the U16c team playing Field hockey.  His team did not do too well but he was awarded man on the tournament for his team, so we are well proud of him.

Then Keagan represented WP in the U12a Indoor hockey event and we were thrilled that his team, the Seals, won Silver.  Well done!!