Get Your Feet Wet!
Words Olivia Wickstrom, Langebaan Lagoon pic Alessandro Bonora
Paddling in Tsitsikamma National Park
Imagine an adventure that begins on a kayak on the Indian Ocean and ends with jumping off a cliff into the Storms River. Untouched Adventure’s kayak and lilo trip is a three-hour outing that encompasses adrenaline-inducing activities, spectacular views and relaxation. Start with an ocean paddle under the suspension bridge at the Storms River mouth and up the river. Swap to a lilo and relax while you float along, then embrace the excitement when you jump into the pools of the river gorge if you dare.
Make it happen: Tsitsikamma National Park daily conservation fee is R45 an adult, free with a Wild Card. Lilo adventure R450 a person. 073-130-0689 www.untouchedadventures.com.
Water Lilo,Tsitsikamma. Photo: UntouchedAdventures
Surfing at Olifantsbos in Table Mountain National Park
A short drive from Cape Town, Olifantsbos is the perfect outing if you long to ride epic waves in beautiful surroundings. This secret surf spot is a rocky right pointbreak that delivers long waves suited to experienced surfers. Pack your board and enjoy the sunshine at this untouched beach on the Atlantic. If someone in the family doesn’t want to surf, there are plenty of hiking and walking trails that can be explored for the day. The beach even offers accommodation: Olifantsbos guest house sleeps up to 12 and offers expansive views over the sea.
Make it happen: Table Mountain National Park daily conservation fee is R125 an adult, free with a Wild Card. Olifantsbos guest house starts at R3 100 a night. 021-712-0527 www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain
Olifantsbos, Table Mountain National Park. Photo: Johan Wilke
Swimming at Robberg Nature Reserve
The sandy shores at Robberg are an idyllic place to spend a summer’s day swimming. While whales and dolphins can be seen at a distance, the seals stay closer to the beach, enjoying the water too. During a break from the water take a coastal stroll, the reserve includes a variety of walking trails filled with breathtaking ocean views and indigenous coastal flora and fauna.
Make it happen: Robberg Nature Reserve daily conservation fee is R40 an adult, free with a Wild Card. 044-533-2125/85 www.capenature.co.za
Robberg Nature Reserve, CapeNature. Photo: Scott Ramsay
Sailing on Langebaan Lagoon in West Coast National Park
When you glide over the water, the breeze in your hair, you’ll feel at one with nature. The central section of Langebaan Lagoon is set aside solely for sailboats and board sailing, so you don't have to dodge powerboats. If you’ve ever thought of taking up sailing, you can learn with Sail Due South, which runs courses on Langebaan Lagoon. There are plenty of photo opportunities, so don’t forget your windbreaker and camera!
Make it happen: West Coast National Park daily conservation fee is R45 an adult, free with a Wild Card. Park: 022-772-2144.
Sailing courses: 022 772 2168 www.langebaanlagoon.co.za/langebaan-skippers-course.html
WhiskeyCreek, Keurbooms River. Photo RonSwilling
Paddling on Whiskey Creek in Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
This multi-day canoe adventure is perfect for those wanting a holiday with a light eco-footprint. Kayak 7km up Whiskey Creek and stay over in the Whiskey Creek Cabin, a solar-powered lodge tucked away in the wilderness of Keurbooms. Paddles, lifejackets and helmets are provided for the trip. The trip takes four hours, so it’s recommended you arrive early and enjoy the various picnic and swimming sites along the way. Once you’ve at the cabin, enjoy a braai on the spacious deck kitchen and listen to the sounds of the wild all around.
Make it happen: Keurbooms River Nature Reserve daily conservation fee is R40 an adult, free with a Wild Card. Hire of double canoes to reach the cabin is R135 a day. The Whiskey Creek Cabin sleeps 10 and includes a fully equipped kitchen; guests need to bring food, bedding and firewood, which is available at the reserve gate. From R2 180 a night for six people.
Source: Wild Magazine