Date : Sat 1st September Location : Swartvlei Beach Sperm Whale washed ashore. By Mark Dixon It is remarkable that in the past two months no less than two whales have washed up on Swartvlei Beach east of Sedgefield. Even more remarkable is the fact that both whales washed up a few hundred meters apart, testimony to the consistency of currents along the shoreline. The … Continue reading Rare incidence of a Sperm Whale washing up on Swartvlei Beach beach in the Garden Route.
By Mark Dixon Friday 29th June 2018 Today, in the Garden Route, we witnessed the indifference of natural selection. Yet for those present, there was an empathy for one of the giants of the ocean. One year ago I swam with Humpback Whales during the Sardine run in the Eastern Cape. Today I watched one die. The scientist in me took notes. The bloodshot eyes … Continue reading Death Of a Whale
The Garden Route is often perceived as being synonymous with forest and coastal thicket, but once you move up the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains you emerge into the vivid landscape of the Fynbos with it’s diversity of floral display. From the coastal towns of Wilderness and Sedgefield the northern skyline is broken by the towering Craddock, George and Tierkop peaks. While Tierkop is not … Continue reading Garden Route Day Walks – Hiking to George Dam via Tierkop.
This Easter weekend, if you are looking for a medium distance trail run through pristine wilderness in the Garden Route, the Goukamma Traverse Trail Run near Sedgefield should be your first option. Continue reading Garden Route Trail Run – Goukamma Traverse 2016
In the central Garden Route, the Bushpig Trail is a medium distance day walk which traverses diverse fossil dune vegetation. Continue reading Garden Route nature walks – Bushpig Trail
The Garden Route is the perfect hikers destination in South Africa. Goukamma Nature Reserve, in the heart of the Garden Route, offers a bouquet of day hikes, of which the Porcupine Trail is perfect for panoramic views and ecological diversity. Continue reading Porcupine Trail – Traversing the Goukamma Nature Reserve
So often locals and visitors neglect to enjoy the natural highlights at sunrise.The view over Lake Pleasant from the Blombos Trail in the Goukamma Nature Reserve is well worth the early start. Continue reading Sunrise landscape – Lake Pleasant.