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WWOOF SA – Part 1 in Plettenberg Bay

Stumbling upon WWOOF [World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms] was a stroke of good fortune. It has been a long-time dream to travel to Ireland, and I was looking at ways to work my way around, as obviously I am not in a position to just go on an expensive holiday abroad. WWOOF is an international organization and has an office in most countries. How it works is that you sign up as a member in w...
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A Wild Weekend in Wilderness

Early on a Friday morning, the HGTS Tours shuttle arrived at our gate to whisk us away on a roadtrip to join the rest of the Travelling Media team for a wild weekend in Wilderness. I always love a roadtrip, taking in the beautiful surrounds, and at this time of year, bright yellow canola fields as far as you can see. This time though, we were grateful for being able to get the week's work finished...
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Once a Year, Go Someplace You’ve Never Been

There is something to be said for going places you’ve never been. There is the anticipation of wondering what you will find, the curiosity in learning more about the differences between where you come from and where you’re going, and the joy in finding commonalities and that in some ways everything is connected. Exploring new places and experiencing different ways of life doesn’t need to involv...
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T’Niqua Stable Inn

Out where rugged coastline meets pristine fynbos forest, where the stars shine brighter and heaven meets earth, style and comfort abound at the hidden gem that is T’Niqua Stable Inn. Described by its guests as a ‘diamond in the rough’ this 4-star guesthouse is a nature lover’s haven offering horse riding or carriage trips to an exquisite viewpoint and hiking, cycling and bird-watching trails from ...
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Day 2 | Wild Spirits

As we had gone to sleep, so we woke up... to the sound of the ocean. We both had a wonderful and comfortable night's rest. Last night I wrote my name on the board for our breakfast order, the choice being omelettes or muesli and yoghurt. Breakfast was served at a table out on the lawn in the sun. A beautiful, sunny start to our day. For R35 I was very impressed with the breakfast, which Damian and...
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Naturesway Farm Stall, The Craggs

Tucked away on the Nature’s Valley Road at The Crags, heading out of Plettenberg Bay towards Stormsriver is a hidden gem – Naturesway Farm Stall. With a paddock of cows and calves welcoming you, you know you are in the country, and fresh farm milk is on sale in the store as well as cheese tasting of their own farm made cheese. Also in the shop are homemade frozen pies, a range of preserves, pestos...
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The Heads, Knysna

Heading out of Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, the signposts direct the way to The Heads viewpoint. From the parking lot it is a short walk through a tree-lined path to the viewpoints. One viewpoint gives a lovely view of the lagoon, and another viewpoint to the right a magnificent view of the heads and out to sea. Well worth a stop.
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Timberlake Organic Food Centre

Boasting three restaurants – The Windmill Café, Zucchini Restaurant and the Oyster Shack, Timberlake also hosts The Oak Barrel - a boutique wine store offering wine tastings, Milano’s chocolate and ice cream shop, the Cheese Head dairy shop, a variety of local arts and crafts, Mohair Mill Shop, fantasy fairy gift shop and, Snax where you can buy just that – snacks such as fudge, dried fruit and nu...
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Map of Africa

The Map of Africa is a densely treed ‘island’ in the shape of Africa outlined by two separate rivers which meet in a rocky river bed at the tip of ‘Africa’. The Silver river, which is fresh water, feeds down the right side of The Map from the Outeniqua mountains, while the Kaaiman’s river is salt water and meets with the sea further up. The dark colour of the water is due to tannins from the roots...
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Day 1 | A Day with the Faeries

We are on the road... I got up early and started my work at 6 am and was done by 8:45. By the time we were dressed and packed, and had filled the car, we were on the road at 10:30.  Today was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, everything was bright. We drove along Melkbos beach to say goodbye, and to our mountain as well. Going up Sir Lowry's a truck stalled in front of us and we, and others ...
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