We hiked the Robberg Peninsula today – a really lovely walk. The weather was overcast, which was a bit of a shame, but it was warm and dry at least.

There are a lot of lovely coastal and forest walks around Knysna – much nicer than the built up areas all around the coast from here to Plettenberg Bay (Plett). In parts of the Garden Route aalong the coast, there are townships on both sides of the road – not at all scenic. Lots of properties here have electric fences protecting them and most shops/hotels etc seem to have 24 hour armed respond security. A quarter of the back page of the Visit Knysna tourism flier has safety advice for tourists. All common sense stuff, but disconcerting nonetheless 


A bit further along the coast is Brenton on Sea – a nice little place with a lovely 9 km return walk along the shoreline. We hadn’t got time for that today, unfortunately.

Highlights – Robberg Peninsula – especially the cape fur seals and the dolphins. Meeting up with new friends Mick and Terry for a lovely meal at the Anchorage (11 Gray Road, Knysna) – great fun. They stayed in the Double Dutch B & B – I think that would have been a much better choice than the St James, which was rather staid.

Lowlights – 1 hour queuing time to get to the trailhead (lots of paperwork required for a permit – 40R per adult); townships

New experiences: 

Jungle Oats porridge for breakfast. Not particularly nice, as it turned out. I was advised to choose this rather than the alternative opinion – Malta Bella porridge, so that must have been even worse! I much preferred breakfasting on the fresh guavas at Shamwari.

Trying the local gin – which tasted of fynbos.

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