Close to the popular holiday town of Plettenberg Bay on the southern Cape coast, Keurbooms nature reserve’s finest feature is the river of the same name. This protected waterway is best explored on the Whiskey Creek canoe trail, which leads 7 kilometres upstream to a secluded log cabin. The reserve is small (just 740 hectares), but intensely beautiful; the river’s gorge is thickly forested with indigenous hardwoods like beech, stinkwood and the ginormous Outeniqua yellowwood (South Africa’s tallest tree). Look out too for birds like Narina trogon, Knysna turaco, giant kingfisher, Cape batis and little grebe.
Keurbooms Nature Reserve
After my stay at Goukamma Nature Reserve, I headed to the town of Plettenberg Bay, one of the busiest holiday towns in the country. During school breaks it turns into a seriously congested place. Crowds from Sandton and Cape Town descend en masse to the beaches, mountains and rivers in one of the most scenic parts of the famed Garden Route.
I personally hate the place during school holidays, but if you're like me - a nature lover and wilderness fundi - there are two places that you MUST visit, regardless of the time of year.
The first is the Whiskey Creek canoe trail and cabin in the Read more »