Stuff to do in the area

Go! Camp & Drive - - Weekend Break -

Plat­bos in­dige­nous for­est

Plat­bos has been de­scribed as a “for­est jewel” by botanist Prof Eu­gene Moll. The for­est lies at the foot of the Bavi­aans­poort hills, about 5 km north of Strandskloof Park. The world around here is known for its fyn­bos and canola fields, so this nat­u­ral for­est is there­fore an un­ex­pected anom­aly. Leave your car in the park­ing lot (S33.63861 E19.19646) and a do­na­tion at the vis­i­tor’s hut, pick up a route map, and go for it. There is a net­work of hik­ing trails in the for­est, and if you have the time, you can spend hours in the shade of an­cient white milk­wood, wild peach and stinkwood trees.

Meet a shark

Klein­baai, 12 km south of Strandskloof Park, is home to dozens of great white shark tour op­er­a­tors who will take you to Dyer Is­land by boat and drop a steel cage in the wa­ter so you can go and visit the sharks. There are roughly 50 000 seals on Dyer Is­land, which is why the wa­ters teem with these apex preda­tors. A shark prefers to catch its prey near the wa­ter’s sur­face, so there’s no need to get into the cage if you’re not up to it. But if you’re known as Brave Brad, you can watch the grisly de­tails of a shark de­vour­ing a seal, up close and per­sonal.

Strand­veld mu­seum

This quaint – and some­what strange – mu­seum is lo­cated next to the sea in Fran­skraal, about 7 km from Strandskloof Park. It is a pri­vate mu­seum owned by Jan and SD Fourie. It boasts an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of rem­nants of the HMS Birken­head, which ran aground at nearby Danger Point in 1852. Jan and SD have some fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries to share – from Da­lene Matthee’s last days while writ­ing Drift­wood, to the tale of the “phan­tom claw”, which Jan re­counts with rel­ish un­til the kids block their ears and hide be­hind mom.

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