Time  6 hours 8 minutes

Coordinates 893

Uploaded August 27, 2013

Recorded August 2013

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near Vyekraal, Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)

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March held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
There is no doubt that if you come to this coastal area of ​​South Africa, the Robberg Peninsula should be one of the must-see sites. The circular march that we made of the whole peninsula seemed insurmountable, due to the layout of the terrain and orography, for its beauty and views along the entire route, but above all for the sensation of being in one of those sites still intact, where any of its corners exudes a preciousness and virtuosity that comes from the totally wild and natural state in which it is found. We are one of those jewels, of which we had good references, but which, although it does not happen very often, this time the reality far exceeded the expectations we had. Like the day before, we were leaving from Knysna with overcast skies, drizzle and quite cool, if not cold. At ten we were already in control of access to a park, which on this occasion has the range of: biosphere reserve, marine reserve and the maximum protection range. When we start walking from the small parking lot, we understand all the categories that have a practically intact place, with an enraged Indian Ocean, which increases the inhospitable trait of this arm of land that gets into the sea. We come with the intention of making the complete circular route, in a clockwise direction. On this occasion we have more than enough time, and for that reason we want to enjoy to the fullest every corner and impressive view that the Robberg Peninsula offers us. As well as of its most illustrious settlers "the sea lions" that are noticed along the route, especially along the northern coast, which is where they have all their colonies, protected from the open sea. And I say that they are noted for two fundamental reasons: they are very scandalous and active, but above all "how they smell" the rocky ledges in which they are found. No wonder that its most fervent followers, white sharks, abound throughout the area and detect them before breakfast. The way to the same point heading east is quite aerial, although without problems of vertigo or security, which is quite careful with some sections that have been enabled with grips to minimize the risks. To the tip of the peninsula a little less than five kilometers that are done without realizing it, with the immense surprise that when you reach the point the path drops sharply until you get very close, I would say too much, if the sea is as angry as on this day. Well the surprise we took it, when believing that we had left behind the sea lions, we met a small group of seven or eight lions that played with some waves, that from where we were "overwhelmed", for not using a term more vulgar. Well, they did a kind of surfing, with roundtrip and continuous games, which showed us once again, that people are the worst adapted animals to face the difficult circumstances, which nature sometimes gives us. Here we had a good time, shocked by the waves of more than seven or eight meters and their playful dwellers who seemed to use them, as if giant slides were treated. It starts to sparkle, and that reminds us that we have to continue a march, of which we have more than half left, for a less airy area, but much more rocky and close to the surf. Note that in this southern part of the Robberg Peninsula, on the map given in the Information Center, there are two areas of the route marked with skulls. This circumstance had us a little overwhelmed, not to say acoj ..., especially because we were getting closer, and we did not want to retrace our steps. When we arrived at the refuge marked with its corresponding waypoint and Die Eiland, which thanks to the low tide, we could kick, it is assumed that we had passed one of those "dangerous" areas and yet we never had a dangerous passing sensation, not even delicate. And this is to be welcomed, since the wind has returned to make an appearance, with quite strong gusts, which seem not to want to give respite to an increasingly stronger swell. However the previous drizzle has stopped and that helps us to face some stretches of rock a little less wet. After touring, on a wooden footbridge, the small peninsula-island Die Eiland, we return to the road, which very close to the coast and in less than a mile and a half will take us to the information panel of the start and first lookout. We are supposed to have passed the second skull or dangerous area, and yet it has happened to us as with the first, or we have not realized or the lion was not so fierce, as they painted it. From the lookout to the car, a little less than half a kilometer with a steep climb, which requires in some section to use the front limbs. In the end, and as we said at the beginning of the description, about ten kilometers of a route, which together with the Kalalau trail we did on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, we thought it was the most beautiful and inhospitable.
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3 comments

  • ARRIBAYABAJO Aug 29, 2013

    Tremenda la ruta, sextante, y muy buenas las fotos. Como dijo Jorge Juan, qué envidia que das.
    Un saludo

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    sextante Aug 29, 2013

    Prometo, que esa no es mi intención. Mi única intención es compartir con los que me siguen el mayor número posible de rincones y sitios que hay y que merecen mucho la pena.
    Saludos

  • MIGOSANGO Jan 5, 2018

    Lugar al que pensábamos ir, pero tú sextante nos has metido el gusanillo en el cuerpo.
    Un saludo

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