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).
Flora and Fauna
There is a cape fur seal colony on the Robberg Peninsula and lots of dolphin pods.
Brenton on Sea
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.
1 hour queuing time to get to the trailhead at Robberg Peninsula. Lots of paperwork was required for a permit – 40R per adult.
In parts of the Garden Route along 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.
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.
Local gin – which tasted of fynbos.