South African Country Life - - In This Issue -

Take heart those who baulk at ar­du­ous hikes. The Bavi­aans Camino has ar­rived. Sure, it’s four days and 75 kilo­me­tres over some pretty rough East­ern Cape wilder­ness, but fear not at be­com­ing foot­sore. Along with you comes a pack of trusty Bo­er­perde, al­low­ing you to put your feet up and ab­sorb this hand­some land­scape from the sad­dle. It’s the ul­ti­mate in slack­pack­ing. Talk­ing of slack­pack­ing, in the Elgin Val­ley we come across quite the op­po­site. About 100 years ago, an in­trepid lass ar­rived on Palmiet River farm to be­come one of the pi­o­neer ap­ple farm­ers in the area and, as a pas­time, cre­ated gar­dens on the farm that to this day are glo­ri­ously nur­tured by her fam­ily. Still in the Over­berg, this time at Ar­niston on the coast, more her­itage awaits in the de­light­fully re­stored Kassies­baai, South Africa’s last au­then­tic, Coloured fish­ing vil­lage. You can even stay over in a white­washed cot­tage, and sit on the stoep, wait­ing for the chucky boats to bring in the catch.

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