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Getting our Kicks on Route 62 (Photo Diary)

Getting our Kicks on Route 62 (Photo Diary)

We finally left, as ready as we would ever be, on May the 23rd with only two weeks to get to Lesotho and renew our visas! Following the infamous Route 62, we stayed in quirky Montagu, had a drink at the incongruous Ronnie’s Sex Shop, attempted to ride an ostrich and squeezed through a labyrinth of tiny gaps deep underground at the Cango Caves.


Return of the Quagga

Return of the Quagga

We were fortunate enough to join Hamish Currie, the director of Back to Africa (and a German film crew!), in the capture and relocation of two Quaggas, a zebra-like animal that was hunted to extinction. They were distinguishable by their stripes which were on the front half of their bodies only and they had a basic brownish colour at the rear. These incredible creatures are being brought back from extinction through a careful re-breeding programme.


African Beats at the Waterfront, Cape Town

African Beats at the Waterfront, Cape Town

Reflecting Mirrors in Woodstock, Cape Town

Reflecting Mirrors in Woodstock, Cape Town

Balancing Act, Camps Bay

Balancing Act, Camps Bay

Plettenberg Bay Perspectives

Plettenberg Bay Perspectives

Fishing for Compliments, Otter Trail

Fishing for Compliments, Otter Trail

Bambi Visits, Otter Trail

Bambi Visits, Otter Trail

Sea Chasing the Light, Otter Trail

Sea Chasing the Light, Otter Trail

Heaven on Earth, Otter Trail

Heaven on Earth, Otter Trail

Painted Sky Final Night, Otter Trail

Painted Sky Final Night, Otter Trail

Best Seat in the House, Otter Trail

Best Seat in the House, Otter Trail

Shelly Beach, Otter Trail

Shelly Beach, Otter Trail

Powdered Almond Pebbles, Otter Trail

Powdered Almond Pebbles, Otter Trail

Coastal Frame, Otter Trail

Coastal Frame, Otter Trail

Wild Coastal Flower, Otter Trail

Wild Coastal Flower, Otter Trail

Rock Textures, Otter Trail

Rock Textures, Otter Trail

Angular Coast & Clouds, Otter Trail

Angular Coast & Clouds, Otter Trail

Contemplating in the Morning Light, Otter Trail

Contemplating in the Morning Light, Otter Trail

Otter Trail Reflections

Otter Trail Reflections

Sky Gazing on Jagged Rocks, Otter Trail

Sky Gazing on Jagged Rocks, Otter Trail

Sun Down Rock Corridor, Otter Trail

Sun Down Rock Corridor, Otter Trail

Lachlan’s Biltong Broth

Lachlan's Biltong Broth

Lachlan came up with this surprisingly delicious concoction one cold night while we were on the Otter Trail. As you carry everything that you need for five days (your sleeping bag, clothes, cooking paraphernalia and food) you have to pack light and this means living off a schoolboys dream diet of powdered food stuffs and noodles! I am not sure if we will indulge in Lachlan’s Biltong Broth in the near future, but I can tell you that after a challenging day, wading waist deep through fast flowing rivers and hiking up and down the Tsitsikamma Forest’s coastal valleys, this well and truly hits the spot!


The Otter Trail

The Otter Trail

The Otter Trail is a five day, 42km hike in the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest by a breathtaking untouched coastline. You sleep in wooden huts with no electricity or mobile phone reception and for five days all you hear is the sound of the ocean and the incessant insect hum of the bush. Hailed as one of the World’s most beautiful hikes, this was the opportunity of a lifetime.


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