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    • Day 19

      De Hoop & Cape Agulhas

      July 24, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Über die Mossel Bay, wo sich ein richtig cooles Café befindet, ging es weiter in den De Hoop Nationalpark. Hier gibt es eine wunderschöne Küste mit Sanddünen und bizzaren Felsformationen. Wir sahen einen Delfinschwarm und wieder mal Wale. Außerdem noch jede Menge Strauße und Antilopenarten. Einen Strauß konnten wir beim Paarungstanz zusehen, was eher danach aussah als hätte er kürzlich einen Schaden davongetragen. Ansonsten gab der Park nicht mehr viel her.
      Weiter ging es nach Cape Agulhas - der südlichste Punkt des afrikanischen Kontinents, wo der Südatlantik auf den indischen Ozean trifft. Hier findet man auch das "Maishu Maru Ship Wreck", welches 1982 bei einem Sturm sank. Für das Foto ist Lukas von einer Welle geküsst worden und war anschließend damit beschäftigt seine Schuhe zu föhnen.
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    • Day 11

      10. Tag

      February 10, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Aufgewacht heute bei strömenden Regen, der sich aber bis zum Frühstück verzogen hat. Das Frühstück in unserem Paradieshotel hat keine Wünsche offen gelassen. Jacky und Steven haben an alles gedacht und mit Liebe zum Detail alles zubereitet. Bis aufs Kleinste wurde die Tischdecko abgestimmt und Steven bereitet selbst die warmen Gerichte zu, besser geht's kaum noch. Danach Koffer einpacken und weiter geht's scheren Herzens nach De Hoop Nature Reserve. Fast 2 Stunden Anfahrt nur über Schotterpiste, allein das war schon ein Abenteuer. Auf halber Strecke mussten wir einen Fluss mit einer kleinen Fähre überqueren. Die Fähre wurde von 3 Männern per Hand zum anderen Ufer gezogen, ein einmaliges Erlebnis. Von weitem konnten wir dann die riesigen Sanddünen schon sehen, sahen aus wie schneebedeckte Berge, ein gigantischer Anblick. Angekommen kamen wir aus dem Staunen nicht heraus. Die Dünen schneeweiß und kilometerweit am türkisfarbenen Meer. Man kann sich einfach nicht sattsehen an soviel Schönheit. Auch die kleinen Sandbuchten einfach nur ein Traum. Danach noch einen Cappuccino und ein Bier im Restaurant und danach weiter zum Hotel in Arneston. Dort Sushi und Fisch gegessen, war nicht schlecht. War wieder ein sehr schöner Tag.Read more

    • Day 45

      Day 45 - Arniston/Waenhuiskrans

      April 29, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Not without a sad heart and a tear in the eye, we parted from Koos and Monique in Mosselbay this morning to top-up 'rats' for the days ahead. The morning was certainly chilly with a considerable wind pumping, so we loaded up and left for 'Witsand', just over 100km away.

      We drove the entire way, against the wind that never abated. A number of people had previously given 'Witsand' the nod. When we arrived at Witsand it looked like the opening scene of the movie I watched at school...'The Cruel Sea'! Beautiful waves with the crests being blown off, to several waves behind. We decided to abide by one of our objectives being, ‘to stay if it's good, and move on if its lousy' and that it was. If we pitched our caravan tent here, it would have served better as a 'spinnaker' and we may have been able to recover it on Marion Island!

      Soon after leaving, Karen called Waenhuiskrans Campsite, inquiring availability and weather conditions? “Nay Mevrou... hier is die wind al vreeslik los!!!" was the weather report from Arniston.

      So as to not waste any time, we moved on anyway, further south! Time on our side, we headed off the coast inland on the N2 toward Riversdale => Swellendam=> Heidelberg and Bredasdorp before Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. The views around every turn were photographic, with the Langeberg way off, as a backdrop.

      Agriculture here on thousands of hectares of wheat on such arable land, in comparison to the 'Little Karoo' is so contrasting. Though out of season, just to see so many hills being made ready for the new crop, would equally bring tears to Malema's eyes!😢 This is what's keeping the nation alive Julias… jou ‘Tonteldoos’!

      Like a parachute being tagged behind a dragster, we arrived in Arniston, checked into the campsite and pitched. The wind was substantially less and we were issued with campsite #28, directly adjacent to the only other campers…. a 21st Celebration of around as many youngsters! Those along with the usual seriously ‘kak’ music we battled to sleep until way after midnight. Now I sound so like my parents and as much as I try not to be like that and try to understand, why would you even buy such unadulterated crap? It can only be to fill in the background silence that did not exist and more reason to just shout louder and louder!

      After a 5km run through Arniston and the iconic ‘Fishermen’s Village’ to make up our Vitality Points deficit and to get away from the pending chaos next door, Karen and I drove to the Arniston Hotel (one of my most favourite places on earth, is this view out onto such a pale blue bay) the wind by now has dropped to zero knots! Here by chance and again out of the ‘pale blue’, I met an ‘old Woolworths Head Office colleague’ Terry Brewis from Cape Town, 100 years back! So great to catch up and we chatted before they went to dinner.

      We returned to our digs, to find the festivities lifting off. A combination of ‘Black Label’, smouldering wet ‘Rooikrantz’ firewood, already shreaking chicks and numerous more ‘CY Number Plates’ that had in the meantime arrived, we were set for an epic “2022 Western Cape style ’Woodstock’ festival”🥹😳😫 Earlier Karen was telling me to “just chill, they are young kids having a good time” by Saturday morning side of midnight, I was telling Karen to “just chill they are young kids, having a good time!”

      That was, the Friday that was!

      Love, Peace and Light,

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    • Day 46

      Day 46 - Waenhuiskrans/Arniston

      April 30, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      This morning I woke up humming and Karen had to stop me singing over and over whilst we ran, that dreadful, ..."Wys my jou lemoene, wys my jou boer pampoene..."!!! etc, etc but that is all, thankfully I know! Last night listening to our neighbour's was hectic.

      Still battling with 'lactic acid' overdose from the excercises in Moniques studio yesterday morning, we managed a slow 6km just to get a head start on the weeks Vitality Score.

      This place ''Arniston' is my Happy Place! To stand on the highest rocks and look down on the emerald bay, with its thousand hue's of turquoise and white, is just mesmerizing to the soul. The Cape Fishermans village, Waenhuiskrans is so honestly original in culture, though much has been done to upgrade the infrastructure, since I was here many years ago. The quaint white and thatched cottages now have roads following the original layout, a maize of disorderly cobbled paths, streets and intersections. Backyards and even front yards mostly have at least one wrecked car skeleton, held together by rust, and dogs, dogs that would all appear to have the same paternal and maternal bloodline! They all look the same, as do all the people! Most of the cottages have been renovated but the original enchanting culture has been maintained. A home not anything more than, right here in Waenhuiskrans is all I desire, to make this 'Nomad' the most content Hippy there is! Nothing to do with those 'oddball' shaped leaves growing profusely, even in the front garden. Anything to make the harsh burden of fishing 10+ nautical miles off the coastline, vanish behind the blue haze and into the distant mist!

      After a delicious 'brekky' Karen cooked post-run and after a shower, we went down to the beach. The 'modus operandi" to blatantly and openly get to drink alchohol on the beach is simple! Clearly not local peeps, but 'brothers' enter stage left, with glasses of 'Cola', fully dressed in long pants, ANC Golf Shirts, Caps and other related regalia, shouting and screaming and posing for 'selfies' in all sorts of positions, but clearly not drinking neat Coke, nor swimming the Seven Seas! Seven Seas Vodka maybe, but that is all!

      We spent the better part of the rest of the morning and afternoon, on the sun baked beach. Back at the ranch just short of 17:00 we put a Woolies Whole Bird to rest in the Cobb Oven and 1hr30min later Karen and I scalped that bird!

      The early evening at dusk the 21st, now has become the 21st+1, and the writing is on the wall.... Karaoke kicked off with added tempo and volume!

      Good night!

      Love, Peace and Light,
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    • Day 14

      Mossel Bay-Cape Agulhas-Arniston

      November 16, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ 16 °C

      Kurzer Spaziergang zur nachgebauten Caravelle von Bartolomeu Dias, der als erster Europäer die südliche Spitze Afrikas umsegelte. Ein Nachbau segelte 1998, 500 Jahre später, von Portugal nach Mossel Bay. Im Park des Museums befindet sich ein steinerner Stiefel, der an den weltweit ersten Postkasten der Weltumsegler erinnert. Wir werfen Ansichtskarten ein und sind gespannt wann sie zu Hause ankommen werden. Weiter nach Swellendam, eine der ältesten Städte Südafrikas - Möglichkeit zur Besichtigung der alten Landvogtei, eines der schönsten Beispiele kapholländischer Architektur. Wir besichtigen diese „Drosdy" im Eiltempo in einer Stunde. Am Weg zum Bus beginnt es zu regnen. Naß, aber mit Bier kommen wir zum Bus. Am Nachmittag Fahrt zum Cape Agulhas, dem südlichsten Punkt Afrikas, wo Atlantischer und Indischer Ozean aufeinandertreffen. Wir sehen auf den abgeernteten Feldern viele Paradieskraniche, den Nationalvogel Südafrikas. Am Kap ist es stürmisch und ich bekomme ein Geburtstagsständchen am Stein mit der Trennlinie der Ozeane. Rundblick vom Leuchtturm. Den Tag beenden wir in Arniston, einem der beliebtesten Ferienorte Südafrikas. Im Hotel kabarettreife Begrüßung von „Schatzi" Brigitte.
      Entfernung: 320 km
      Temperatur: 21°
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    • Day 19

      Waenhuiskrans Cave

      November 23 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Morgenwanderung zu den Höhlen am Meer. Leider war der Wasserstand zu hoch, um die Hauptgrotte zu erreichen.

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