A rather cloudy start weather wise when I woke in Hermanus today but still fantastic views from the top of the hills just out of town.
I took a wander around the local curios market before fuelling up the KLR and heading out of town to the East towards Stanford. Stopped just inside the village to don the waterproofs just in time for the heaven to open. Some very soggy miles up to Gaansbai then the sun was back.
Managed to find myself over 100kms of gravel roads taking in the tiny village of Elim which is one of South Africa’s coolest and newest wine regions. If you are new to gravel then this is the perfect place to learn.
Another great advantage to being out away from the tar is the sudden increase in wildlife. Admittedly I was woken by a Collared Sunbird this morning but in the space of one hour I saw more that 12 Blue Cranes ( National bird of South Africa ) mongoose, Har de Dar ibis, Black Headed Ibis and this very cute tortoise . All this seemed to coinside with my arrival into the Agulhas Nation Park area.
Agulhas NP is one of the many National Parks which is managed by SANParks in South Africa.
Tonight I am staying in one of their cabins right down on the coast with views from the widow of the beach and the sound of massive waves crashing along the shoreline.
Its not everyday you get a view like this in your back garden…. The pilots of this Japanese fishing boat rather last their bearings and thought they had landed in Cape Town back on 16 November 1982. Unfortunately for them they were several hundred km’s off and their boat along with its cargo of tuna was lost. This is just one of the 13 wrecks that line this part of the coastline.
If like me you imagined that accommodation in this environment was going to be basic then I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised when I turned up to a beautiful thatched cabin out in the fynbos with log burner inside for those winter months as well as dstv to keep the kids happy. A fully Equipt kitchen means that that Agulhas Rest Camp is the perfect self catering location for either a week or weekend. This is definitely on my list to bring the family!!
So now to relax with a rather nice pinotage purchased from the village close by and listen to the sound of the waves crashing. Stay warm