Across Africa are only a handful of sheltered, remote pockets of Afromontane forest; all that remains of huge tracts of the ancient forest that covered large parts of the continent. On the Garden Route is one such forest. Knysna Forest, in some places so dense it borders on impenetrable, is a marvelous mix of ancient trees, both local and exotic. Tree ferns, creepers, flowers, and the elusive Knysna lourie, its call heard more often than it is seen, are also part of the forest.
This fun-for-all picnic spot is 13 km from Sabie on the Graskop (R532) road. A nominal fee is payable at the access control gate. This is a series of pools at the Mac Mac falls – great for swimming – with a braai and picnic area, so timing your visit for lunchtime and an afternoon swim is not a bad idea. A 3km Secretary Bird Trail takes you through the bush in which, if you are lucky and quiet, you will hear the calls of the robin, thrush, cuckoo, greenbul, and even the odd Secretary bird.
Cape Town definitely has no shortage of amazing beaches, but Boulders Beach in False Bay offers something extra special – a colony of African Penguins in all their smart dresses, waddling glory, right under your nose. In fact, it’s the only place in the world where you can get close to African Penguins.
Info sourced from https://www.capetown.travel/headline-boulders-beach/
Photo capture date & Location: 2014-10 The Peninsula