Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg is a dramatic peninsula extending off the coastline near the town of Plettenberg Bay, with superb coastal scenery, high cliffs and wild, windswept beaches. Look out for southern-right whales and great white sharks in the oceans below the cliffs; the marine protected area extends for one kilometre from the high water mark and protects the highly threatened Red Roman, once abundant but now severely restricted in distribution. If you’re lucky, you’ll see South Africa’s smallest antelope – the furtive blue duiker – in the coastal forests, while on the rocky shores you’re assured of seeing hundreds of Cape fur seals, one of the larger colonies in the region.

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Days 59-61 – YITW 2013-14 – Peninsula of paradise

I'm all alone, sleeping in a little cabin situated on the edge of a stormy coast. The doors and windows are wide open, and my ears are filled with the soothing boom of crashing waves. The air is heavy with ocean spray. I can see the stars, bursting through the southern night sky.

This is Fountain Shack in Robberg Nature Reserve, with no electricity, no cell phone reception and certainly no TV or radio. And I'm as close to heaven as I can get. Which is remarkable, given that I'm just down the road from one of South Africa's busiest holiday towns.

Now, I'm not a big fan of Plettenberg Bay, as you may know from my previous blog on Keurbooms River Nature Reserve. Plett - as the Read more »

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