Garden Route Coastal day walk – Arch Rock and the Matjes Rivier shell midden.

The Garden Route coastline between Witsand and Nature’s Valley has a rich history of early hominids with records extending an estimated 164,000 years back. Within these incredible archeological records are the earliest recognised art in the world using ochre dating back from 72,000 years in the Blombos Cave, as well as three sets of hominid footprints dating from approximately 90,000 years ago. Keurbooms Strand east … Continue reading Garden Route Coastal day walk – Arch Rock and the Matjes Rivier shell midden.

The Guardians of Elliot

When we first drove into Elliot, it was at the end of the second stage of a long dashed trip from the Garden Route for an initial bird survey on a proposed wind farm. As we past the ‘Welcome to Elliot’ sign, the shadow of a Cape Vulture darkend our dashboard. I screeched to a halt, jumped out the car and focused my binoculars on … Continue reading The Guardians of Elliot

Rock road ahead.

As the road seemingly disappears into the mountain, you feel a true sense of primal exploration. Here in the Seweweekspoort, a gravel road meandering through a canyon between Laingsburg and Calitzdorp in the Southern Cape of South Africa exposes any adventurous traveller to the dichotomy of encapsulated remoteness. Surrounded by sedimentary rock pitched vertical and contorted by plate tectonics, you can experience the full geological … Continue reading Rock road ahead.

Geophytes of the Karoo

To most travellers that traverse the Karoo ensconced in an air conditioned vehicle, the vast landscape receding to the horizon leaves a lasting impression of primordial existence long after they have returned home. For the those with even a fleeting interest in geology, negotiating the meandering incision of Meiringspoort through the Cape Fold Mountains or scaling the towering heights of Swartberg Pass north of the … Continue reading Geophytes of the Karoo

Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

“Do you realise that it is going to be freezing during your stay here?” was the opening question from Erna when she phoned a day before our planned arrival at her establishment in the Roggeveld. “Yes, we have seen the weather report and are packed for extreme weather” I replied. Amanda and I were preparing for our winter visit, the first of four 14 day … Continue reading Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

Karoo sunrise

Autumn in the Karoo always is a perfect time for sunset photography. A short drive from the Garden Route, the Little Karoo and Greater Karoo offer a geological fusion of mountain ranges, wide open plains and canyons with a unique botanical composition that has evolved to survive this semi desert environment, with succulents adding a dash of colour to this stark terrain. Also carpeting the … Continue reading Karoo sunrise