A World in One. As a tourist destination, South Africa is renowned for a variety of attractions. With a diversity of landscapes, it contains a multitude of biodiversity hotspots with it’s floral and avian wealth drawing naturalists, birders and outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. South Africa is a popular destination for birding. For decades the country’s wildlife has been the backbone of tourism with … Continue reading Hiking Holidays in South Africa
In search of Eagles Two weeks ago, after guiding guests on a contour path hike on the lower slopes of Jonkersberg, I glimpsed a pair of eagles slope soaring along the ridge just before sunset. Back lit against the skyline, I instinctively identified them as Martial Eagles, but located approximately 3.5km away without a pair of binoculars, it was difficult to make a positive ID. … Continue reading Garden Route hiking – wild route to the peak of Jonkersberg.
The message on Saturday afternoon simple : I will be in the Garden Route on Monday and would like to photograph a Knysna Woodpecker and a Knysna Warbler. Can you help? August Birding in the Garden Route can be extremely fickle, very much dependent on which way the wind blows. A week of South westerly winds can drop the temperature and blast the birds into … Continue reading Birding for the namesake of Knysna
Recently I read a social media post where the account holder slated one of the trails in the Garden Route. Her complaint is that, just because a trail is established doesn’t make it worthwhile walking and that, for her, it was a boring trail. The trail she was slating was one of the Elephant Trail loops at Diepvalle. I was amazed. All three of the … Continue reading Overcoming ecological ignorance while travelling.
Perdekop Trail. Distance : 10km Altitude Range : 183m to 223m Habitat : Forest Duration : 3 to 3.5 hours. Management: SANParks Entrance fee : R40.00 for SA and R106.00 for international hikers. The Perdekop Trail is a gem of a forest trail in the Harkerville forest section of the Garden Route National Park east of Knysna. Towering Trees The route passes through sections of … Continue reading Perdekop Trail – Forest hike in the Garden Route