Death Of a Whale

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

Child’s play in the Garden Route

Sun filtered through the forest canopy and lit up the tannin stained river to a golden glow as the three boys were energetically boulder hopping upstream. ‘If you don’t give children a smartphone and play station nowadays, they are ostracised by their class mates’ Sabin, the boys mother, mentioned while they were out of hearing range. ‘I even bought a play station and pretended that … Continue reading Child’s play in the Garden Route

​Springtime Birding on the Garden Route. 

While the 2016/2017 drought in the Garden Route has affected birding resulting in uneventful forest birding, it has had twitchers adrenaline flowing with some exciting out of range and first in South Africa sightings. Now, mid way through September, some welcome rain having fallen and a green flush returning to the unusually autumn tone of the region, the song of a number of returning migrant … Continue reading ​Springtime Birding on the Garden Route. 

Garden Route Trail Run – Goukamma Traverse 2016

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

Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.

Each time we hike the Garden Route Trail, a five day coastal hike between Wilderness and Brenton on Sea, we discover a host of natural wonders. Continue reading Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.