Hiking Blue Mountain Trail Elgin Valley South Africa

Captivating Elgin Valley is part of the Overberg‘s Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The valley is surrounded by three mountain ranges – Kogelberg, Groenberg, and Hottentot Hollands – that form a cool mountain plateau. It’s one of the most beautiful reserves I’ve experienced! A few weeks ago, I went ziplining in Grabouw and enjoyed eagle-eye views of the…

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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden South Africa

For the past few days, I’ve been preparing for a Garden Route drive beginning next week. Along the way, I’m excited to be joining a slackpacking group (total strangers) for a multi-day wilderness adventure exploring parts of the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail. It’s isolated new territory for me and I’m traveling solo, so there’s some apprehension. Recalling…

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Kleinmond Western Cape South Africa

Coastal weather in the Western Cape has been wild the past few days. Yesterday it was 90-degree beach weather, but today it’s back to a normal winter temperature in the 60s with dramatic skies and intense wind. A storm is brewing! Western Cape Biosphere There are many nature reserves and coastal areas to explore in…

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