Christ­mas on the trail

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In De­cem­ber 2017, my hus­band and I, along with my par­ents and older sis­ter, hiked the Whale Trail in the De Hoop Na­ture Re­serve. We started on Christ­mas Day! What more could you want from a Christ­mas than to be in a beau­ti­ful place with your clos­est fam­ily? The first two days of the trail are in­land near Pot­berg, its slopes cov­ered in fyn­bos. On the third day you walk about 8 km with fab­u­lous views of the sea – we saw lots of pods of dol­phins. The route on day four and five is mostly along the beach. You’ll soon for­get about your aching feet and stiff calves when you see all the rock for­ma­tions and nat­u­ral tidal pools. The overnight units have cut­lery, a gas stove and gas gey­sers so you can en­joy a hot shower. Al­most all the units have four bunk beds. Re­mem­ber your ear plugs if some­one in your group snores. You can have your lug­gage trans­ported be­tween overnight spots for an ex­tra fee – this worked well for my par­ents as they only had to carry a day­pack. The Whale Trail was the best Christ­mas gift ever! MIEMPIE MEIR­ING, Pre­to­ria

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