Certainly anyone who has slept by the sea will know that despite the sound of the waves crashing down on the beach it must be one of the best sleeps you can get. It was almost as if the sounds had hypnotised me and I was off.
I woke around 6am and found myself up and packing the kit back on the bike. Coffee out on the decking of the cabin in Agulhas National Park and some breakfast and it was soon 08.30 so I thought about moving on. Around 09.30 I hit the road again (what’s the rush??).
Leaving the stunning coastline behind as I headed out of Struisbaai and north on the long tar road that which me to Bredasdorp where is was time for a mooch around. I have been through this town many many times whilst on tour with clients but only ever stopping for fuel and drinks. Today I saw a sign that caught my eye and I found myself minutes later looking aroud the Industria Lifestyle Centre which is run by Isabel Uys. This centre has everything from coffee and koeksisters to goose down duvets all made on the premises.
Once out of Bredasdorp I took a dirt road heading east towards one of my favourite places to visit in the Western Cape. Aside from the fantastic gravel roads leading to this place once at Malagas you are able to experience what is said to be the only hand pulled raft for vehicles that want to cross the Breede River left in the Southern Hemisphere . If you get the chance you must do it and whilst you are waiting for the crossing maybe ask the guys who do the hard work about some of the mishaps they have witnessed over the years…..
Across the river and more gravel riding until I reach my target destination for the evening Bontebok National Park. Situated just outside the historic town of Swellendam it is the smallest of all South African National Parks and sits beneath the awesome Langsberg Mountain Range. The Park takes it name from the once threatened Bontebok antelope of which now number some 200 in the park along with Cape Mountain Zebra and numerous other buck including Red Hartebeest. Anyone who knows me is fully aware of my love for wildlife and on arriving at my cabin next to the Breede River for the evening I was treated to one of my favourite sounds….. the African Fish Eagle.
This park has an abundance of bird life and in spring the veld is covered in wild flowers. There are self drive game drive trails plus several walking trails around the rest camp. I have just watched the sunset over the hill above the river and now I am settling down to the sounds of the veld. Hear that?? A Night Jar!!
Bring on the morning.
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