Imagine walking through a forest where the trees surrounding you are around 500 years old. A place preserved in time where a tree’s canopy can stretch to over a kilometer. I was lucky enough to take a rare walk through the pristine Hawaan Forest in a private restricted property somewhere in Umhlanga. The Hawaan Forest is a climax dry coastal dune forest, one of the only remaining in such areas. A dedicated team has been working furiously in the forest to ensure this magical place remains a national treasure. As I walked on lightly trodden paths I could only imagine the stories the trees could tell.
- Megan Pilditch