Robberg Reserve – Unspoilt beauty in the Western Cape
As you tuck into your lunch, watching the seals glide through the waves, and the birds take part in their daily fishing, you know the hike has all been worth it. The guide for the hike is around 4 hours, but we took well over 6. We had to stop all the way for pictures, from the seals below the cliffs, the birdlife, and of course the incredible scenery as you walk over sand dunes, cliffs and on the Tombolo that has been formed on the Western side of the reserve.
Robberg Reserve is a national gem, and as you hike along the cliff face staring out into the Indian ocean, you get a sense of freedom that’s similar to staring into the heart of a braai (well nothing really beats that, but it’s close)
This incredible hike rests just outside the chilled out town of Plettenburg Bay in the Western Cape. We arrived in the off season and pitched our tent in the Keurbooms Caravan park. The estuary meanders right past your camp and sipping on a cup of coffee in the morning to that view was incredible. We visited out of season, but can imagine the park must be great when full.
Robberg is a short 8km drive from Plett, and when you arrive in car park you have no idea what to expect when heading out – well more the beauty than anything else. Robberg wasn’t on our plan to visit initially, however we were told at the local coffee shop that if there’s one thing we do in Plett – this is it!
We headed out for 9am, used our Wild card (a once off card that is value for money if you will be visiting various parks in South Africa) for the 100th time and headed to the Eastern side of the peninsula, here you get hit with the most magnificent view back on Plettenburg bay, and the flawless epic waves as they enter (they do say the weather can turn quickly, but we were lucky on this one).
The hike guides you across a cliff face that would give the Health and Safety officers in other countries nightmares (but common sense is always the winner) with the colony of seals below keeping you going. The challenge we had was not stopping and looking back constantly at that incredible view (“This is Africa” left my mouth far too many times for my wife to handle). Once at the of the peninsula, you hit wall of rocks, where most people found a quiet spot to stare out at the big blue, and grab a snack and something to drink. There are plenty of birds diving and seals fishing, so leaving is pretty hard! The walk back on the Western side, is just as magnificent, a few climbs, however it flattens out and you’re greeted near the end by the magnificent Tombolo, with a stretch of sand and the island that you can climb up to take a few pics. The tombolo is something incredible to witness, as you stroll out, with turquoise waves crashing to your left and right , you truly feel insignificant and realise the beauty and power of mother nature.
This was definitely our highlight through the day, as it’s not often that you get to experience a landscape like this, as the pictures will show you!
All in all, a fantastic day out and well worth the visit.
This is Africa.
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