Do your­self a favour and be­come a strand­loper

Getaway (South Africa) - - INBOX - – Tessa van der Merwe, Kim­ber­ley

I re­cently es­caped with some hik­ing friends to the sunny East­ern Cape to do the Strand­loper Hik­ing Trail. It’s a four-day hike [from Kei Mouth to Gonu­bie] where you get to ex­pe­ri­ence the soli­tude of the beau­ti­ful South African coast – our foot­prints were the first to be im­printed in the sand for the day. It was so spe­cial – we walked on kilo­me­tres of un­spoilt beaches, saw dol­phins play­ing in the waves, crossed rivers and en­joyed a pub lunch and beer with the lo­cals in one of the towns along the way. We walked over the high cliffs of Mor­gan’s Bay, heard the thun­der­ing of the waves be­low, and on the sandy beaches felt the wa­ter wash­ing over our feet as we pushed our toes into the sand. In the evenings we watched the sun­set and shared sto­ries around a bon­fire with waves break­ing in the dis­tance. This trail is a hid­den gem that shows off our beau­ti­ful coast­line where few peo­ple go.

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