Few places offer as much diversity of surroundings and experiences as the 
Southern Cape. We went scratching in our archives for some of the best 
adventures we’ve had.  The complete stories are available on our website southmagazine.co.za until December 2017.

 

SURFING THE ROUTE, WINTER 2011

Stoked to be among kindred spirits, Gareth Pretorius explored surfing culture for Winter 2011 and met a surfboard designer, ocean-inspired artist, world junior champion, charity surf school owners and a legendary old-timer who remembers when surfers scaled their boards wearing rugby jerseys.

photograph Adrian Skelton

 

FLY HEAVEN, SPRING 2010

Pieter Naudé revealed a well-kept secret: The Garden Route’s lakes and rivers are prime 
fly fishing territory and relatively unexplored.

photograph PIETER Naudé

 

BACK IN TIME, WINTER 2015

Clare van Rensburg took the Point of Human Origins Experience at Pinnacle Point, a unique and intimate tour led by one of its discoverers, archaeologist Dr Peter Nilssen.

humanorigin.co.za   photograph Shaen Adey

 

ICON AT A CROSSROAD, SUMMER 2010

The iconic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train was attracting 115 000 passengers per year, 70% of them foreign tourists, when significant and repeated flood damage to the George-Knysna track forced its closure in 2006. A George-Mossel Bay tourism steam route operated until September 2010, when the train’s licence to carry passengers expired. 
In Summer 2010, Athane Scholtz reported on local efforts to repurpose or restore the picturesque route, which incidentally continue to this day. friendsofthechoo-tjoe.co.za  
photograph Desmond Scholtz

 

WHALE TRIPPIN’, AUTUMN 2015

Athane Scholtz got up close and personal with humpback whales on a whale watching trip in open waters with Ocean Odyssey, the first Blue Flag nature-based boat excursion in the Greater Knysna area. oceanodyssey.co.za

photograph Lisa Leslie for Ocean Odyssey

 

WHAT LIES BENEATH, AUTUMN 2013

Large ladies, tight spaces and the villainous ‘Tunnel of Love’ featured in Dale Morris’ funny account and dramatic photographs of the adventure route in the Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn. cango-caves.co.za

 

WALKING IN WORDS

Inspired by the work of well-known author Dalene Matthee the Circles in a Forest tour, led by Meagan Vermaas, enchanted Gareth Pretorius and photographer Lisa Leslie.
forestguidedtours.co.za

 

SAVOURING A SLOW PACE

In October 2010 Sedgefield became the first Cittaslow Town in Africa. Locals Desmond and Athane Scholtz shared the town’s commitment to remain mellow and care for its people, visitors and the environment. slowtown.co.za

 

GHOSTS OF PRINCE ALBERT

Gareth Pretorius and photographer Adrian Skelton took Ailsa Tudhope’s Ghost Walk in Prince Albert, which included a repertoire of spooky stories and a treasure trove of historical facts and fables of the area. storyweaver.co.za

 

WALK WITH BIG CATS

Timothy Twidle recommended the Cat Walk at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve outside Little Brak River as one of several new activities on the Garden Route. Desmond Scholtz took the photograph. botlierskop.co.za

 

SLACK PACKIN’ ON THE DONKEY TRAIL, SPRING 2011

 Matthew Covarr did the walking (and the words and the photographs), the donkeys did the carrying and the trail guides did the rest on the Donkey Trail slack packing route outside 
Calitzdorp. donkeytrail.com

 

MOONLIGHT MEANDER, SUMMER 2012

 A mystical moonlight walk to the tidal pools at Gericke’s Point outside Sedgefield revealed an underwater wonderland to Colleen Blaine and photographer Colin Stephenson. 
044 883 1015

 

TAMING THE DRAGON, sUMMER 2010

Sandboarding on the 320m Dragon Dune, South Africa’s longest sandboarding dune, outside Mossel Bay came highly recommended by Gareth Pretorius – who was shown the ropes by champion snowboarder Karin Weich.

billeon.com  photograph Desmond Scholtz

 

WINGING IT, SUMMER 2015/16

Gareth Pretorius and Desmond Scholtz joined ex-SAA Captain Stewart Lithgow to experience Plettenberg Bay upside down, with the controls of an aerobatics plane in their hands. 
gardenroutegliding.co.za