“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”
From Oudtshoorn, we travel towards the South-East and back to the Indian Ocean and Plettenberg Bay- 142 kms by road.
Plettenberg Bay! From my perspective I am happy to be back down by the water again. This beautiful bay (so called by the portuguese sailors, Bahia Formosa) has often been voted as the best place to begin a holiday along the garden route towards Cape Town.
Your accomodation doesn’t have to be at this 4 star hotel, Beacon Island Resort; there are so many other options. Although it has the most amazing views. You may be a back packer, a caravaneer, or a bed and breakfast lover.
It is your choice, but get there if you can!
Dolphins enjoying a surf close by. (more pics, if you follow the link)
So much to see and do down by the ocean, 8 kilometres from Plett. is the Robberg Nature reserve. It is a peninsula that juts out and here the Cape Fur Seals are protected game. But it wasn’t always like that.
(Read more on this link, which I thank for this picture below.)
Some of us go on holiday to take a dam good break away from city life, but then there are others who like to torture themselves walking about.
If you are one of those who like to get real close to nature, then hiking right here is for you. See excerpt:
(PUT ON YOUR HIKING SHOES
The Robberg has three circular hiking trails of increasing difficulty and distance. The longest goes as far as the end of the peninsula and takes about four hours. It is dangerous at high tide and not recommended for young children. Hiking shoes, hats and drinking water are essential.
The fisherman’s hut sleeps eight. To get there (by foot only) you need to be reasonably fit, but you can arrange to have your luggage carried for a fee.
Cape Nature Reservations 08612273628873
Not a walker? Maybe you would like to be out in the waves! Kayaking amongst the seals or Dolphins!
This post, like many others, covers the cape coast of South Africa; known to have had the first settlers from Europe (tourists?) on it’s shores during the 17th century. But Plettenberg Bay boasts caves where signs of Middle Stone Age man, dating back 100,000 years have been found.
Yes, it wouldn’t seem quite right if we didn’t have a history lesson attached!
The Portuguese, the Dutch and the British left there mark on Plettenberg Bay.
And even they had to eat and drink.
Restaurants overlooking the sea are always popular and there is no shortage of those.
After a busy day out hiking , kayaking, fishing and visiting the historic sights what better place could you wish to be, than relaxing over a lovely meal together.
Kurland Hotel: www.kurland.co.za
“Picture Perfect Plettenberg Bay”
This is part of Jenny’s Alphabe Thursday Challenge: Letter P