Tag: Nature

The trail winds up steadily through the pines. You lean forward gently to ease your weight. Up here, on horseback there’s a great stillness and peace in the world. No thoughts disturb you now and the only sounds that you…

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric,…

In Grootvadersbos, the reward for distance, strength and stamina is heightened by a feeling of having travelled a million miles from where you came from. No dogs barking. No crowds chatting around the next corner. No hum from the city.…

Home to approximately 360 species of birds, Swellendam is the definition of a birdwatcher’s paradise. If you’re outdoors there is very strong possibility that a bird or two will be included in your field of vision. And on any given…

On mornings like these the winter sun shimmers on the surface of the calm sky surrounding you, as you slice into the mirrored mountain, like it was made only of watery gold. Diamonds dance inside your vision, as water droplets…

“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow”. – Sir Edmund Hillary Bright snow dusting the peaks of the Langeberg mountain range in Swellendam, after a…

It’s such a huge part of your life here, that it permeates into everything. It’s such a subtle thing to notice, that sometimes you can forget to be aware of it at all. It’s just a feeling. A background kind…

Wedged into the lush, forested folds that rise up to create 10 and 11 o’ clock peak, you will find a wooded, arched entryway. Behind this, the trees already lean heavily onto each other, creating a dappled tunnel that murmurs…

Buffeljags Umshanti Dam Cruise Canoe Boat Swellendam Sunset

Chuck on your slops, grab some beers and a pack of wors, we’re heading out onto the dam today! Kosie’s double-decker river boat loads up a bunch of friends, canoes in tow, and moors just inside a deep shaded kloof…

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Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the…

Family Dad Hiking Hike Child Swellendam Marloth Weekend Koloniesbos Dad

Sometimes a quick stroll is all you need for that afternoon “reset” in our nature reserve. Whether the legs are too young or the knees too old, the Koloniesbos trail offers you a gentle, circular meander through a cosy indigenous…