The top rivers to kayak in the Garden Route

Incising the Garden Route coastal belt from the ridge line to the ocean are a number of rivers perfect for kayaking. Tannin stained from Fynbos and Afromontane forest, the rivers flowing from the southern slopes of the Outeniqua and Tsistsikamma mountain range are short. Yet, their brief journey to the ocean holds some incredible sections ideal for kayaking, an opportunity to immerse yourself in pristine … Continue reading The top rivers to kayak in the Garden Route

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing, a Japanese concept, is the broad reference to taking in the through your full spectrum of senses. Extending beyond the simple activity of walking through a forest, it is the process of absorbing the entire experience of the forest through your sight, touch and smell. Preparing for Forest Bathing Switch digital devices off Slow down and observe nature Breathe in an extended cyclical … Continue reading Forest Bathing

Hiking Trails in the Outeniqua Mountains

While most backpackers know the epic 7 day Outeniqua Trail from Beervlei to Harkerville, the other day hikes are relatively unknown except to the local hiking and trail running community. Indeed, the hub of trails in the Outeniqua Mountains can be found just north of the coastal town of George, approximately 450km east of Cape Town. In terms of activities in the Garden Route, the … Continue reading Hiking Trails in the Outeniqua Mountains

The deception of colour.

Ever since I read ‘Seven deadly colours’ I have been fascinated by colour presentation of the multitude of fauna that exists. Often, the colour of an animal is not actually a pigment, but a sophisticated means of tricking the viewers brain into registering something very different to reality, a means of disguise. Then there are species with elaborate structural colours (one of the 7 colour … Continue reading The deception of colour.

Nature Talks : Honey Badgers dig up a subterranean swarm of bees.

The past five days have been a hive of excitement on the farm. On a morning walk I discovered that a subterranean swarm of bees in a termite mound had been excavated by what appeared to be a Honey Badger. Keen to check if it would return for a second night of feeding, I set up some trap cameras around the termite mound.I got lucky … Continue reading Nature Talks : Honey Badgers dig up a subterranean swarm of bees.