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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
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News24 – October 2013 – Robberg Nature Reserve

This little reserve is on a peninsula at the end of Africa. Robberg Nature Reserve has always been popular with the beachbums...the strandlopers loved living here, and there are several archaeological sites that prove that Robberg was - even back then - a top chillout spot for stressed-out hunters and gatherers. These days, the reserve is as popular, but fortunately, it's protected from the
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News24 – October 2013 – Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

My article on News24 about this tiny reserve to the east of Plettenberg Bay. One of my favourites...because it's largely undeveloped, and you have to paddle up the river for seven kms to get to the log cabin at the top of the gorge. A unique and appropriate way to access this slice of serenity. Read my article here.

Days 56-58 – YITW 2013-14 – Whiskey Creek canoe trail

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
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