Author: Cheryl King

Sani Lodge Backpackers – Come Chill and Explore

What on earth would a 60+ birder be doing at a backpackers?  You may ask. Added to that, I had never backpacked in my life.  Now I find myself looking forward to spending another weekend at Sani Pass Lodge Backpackers – my third visit. Before I ‘met’ this peaceful, welcoming piece of heaven so close to Sani Pass, Backpackers was not for me! In my mind they were  low cost accommodation for young travelers living on the smell of an oil rag.  I imagined dormitories filled with students partying all hours of the night, dirty kitchens and shared untidy...

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Tackle Sani Pass Now – Before it’s too Late!!

The notorious Sani Pass is a firm favourite among many 4x4 enthusiasts, and is considered one of the most dangerous passes in South Africa. It’s also my favourite. The problem is that it is in the process of being tarred. Once this is happens, the allure of this adrenalin packed challenge will be lost. So, if you want to experience driving this grueling pass, do it now, before it’s too late. We decided to spend the weekend at Sani Pass Backpackers which is right on the border of the pass so that we could drive up the next day....

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A Visit to Lamberts Bay

Lamberts Bay was not on our itinerary, however our booked pelagic boat trip off Simonstown was cancelled due to high winds. This gave us an extra day on the wonderful West Coast of South Africa. We decided to spend it in this quaint tiny fishing village and visit the roosting Cape Gannets at the same time. Lamberts Bay attracts many tourists and locals from Cape Town. It’s a perfect ‘weekend away town’ offering much. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful – long and white with the lake-like azure sea lapping on the shore. We didn’t have time to swim and...

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Cape Gannet Colony on Bird Island – A Spectacle not to be Missed

There is a lot to do in Lamberts Bay, but the highlight is a visit to the Cape Gannet Colony on Bird Island. Not only will birders and nature lovers be spellbound, every visitor will be, including children At the entrance introduce yourself to Driftwood Harry. This huge statue of a seaman made from driftwood and regarded as the Guardian of the Sea and all its creatures was interesting and amusing. I couldn’t resist having a photo taken of myself holding his hand. The path to the hide is covered in seashells and it is here you have your...

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St Lucia – One Day is not Enough

While sitting at Sunset Jetty admiring a resplendent sunset we met a young Spanish couple. We started  chatting and they asked what there was to do in St Lucia – they only had one day. “One day!” (I thought). “How crazy is that, you need a minimum of 3 days”. Oops, then I remembered I was only in St Lucia (part of Isimangaliso Wetland Park) for a day.   This was our itinerary: Our first stop was the beach.  A scenic boardwalk takes you to the beach along the estuary.   To get to the beach we followed the scenic boardwalk...

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