Today’s posts from our featured Port Elizabeth Blogger:
There is an Afrikaans folk song that goes, Dis heerlike Lente, die Winter’s verby… (It’s time for Spring now that Winter has passed – doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same in English though) which means Summer is fast approaching. Longer days, better weather and spending more time outdoors over weekends. Plus the holiday season is coming up quicker than my sausage dogs when I open the fridge. With an eye on said better weather and upcoming holiday season, I was invited to participate in the “Things to do in Port Elizabeth this Summer” Blogathon. There really is a lot to do in and around Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Daily Photo is evidence of that – and rather than writing a blog post featuring all the usual suspects of Addo Elephant National Park, Route 67 and the Donkin Reserve, SAMREC, Kragga Kamma Game Park, The Boardwalk, Bayworld, restaurants in Richmond Hill, history, township tours and more, I decided to focus on my nine favorite nature trails (in no real particular order) around the Bay. Yes you read correct, 9 trails, because I like to walk. The ideal outdoor activity for the upcoming summer. And it’s normally free or just about.
Before I start though, remember to always take out what you take in, only leave footprints behind, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen, make sure somebody knows where you are walking (in case you get lost and don’t return when you were supposed to) and always keep in mind that it is safer and recommended to walk in groups. So here we go.
1 – The Humpback Dolphin Trail – Beachfront Boardwalk
If Port Elizabeth’s hiking trails had to choose a head boy then the Sacramento Trail would probably have been it. The popular kid, a good all rounder, sporty, slightly academic and not bad looking to boot. The Sacramento Trail is an 8 km return hike from Schoenmakerskop to Sardinia Bay and back. Probably PE’s favorite trail, the Sacramento offers some of the best coastal views around and is also a photographer and any nature lover’s dream. Rugged coastline, sandy beaches, hidden coves, fynbos, wetlands, flowers and as an added extra, Khoi middens hidden among the dunes. And have I mentioned the awesome views?
3 – Coastal Fynbos Trail
Not quite the Sacramento Trail but a very good alternative if you have done the former before and looking for something different in the area
4 – Cape Recife Nature Reserve – Roseate Tern Trail
Make sure you don’t forget your binocs and bird book in the car as the variety of birds along this trail is amazing.
Roseate Tern Trail map
5 – NMMU Nature Reserve – Grysbok Trail
6 – Baakens Valley – Lower Guinea Fowl Trail
The Island has some really neat and well maintained picnic and braai spots where the non-hikers in the group can hang around while you are out enjoying nature.
8 – Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve
9 – Sleepy Hollow
That, I know, was a mouthful and like any good infomercial I can say, “But it’s not all…” There are a number of other nature trails I haven’t even mentioned. The Maitland Nature Reserve Trail, Aloe Trail, Flamingo Trail, Lady Slipper, Groendal, Van der Kemps Kloof and others. Add to that the heritage trails of Route 67, the Donkin Heritage Trail and the South End Heritage Trail and there is no reason for you not to want to strap on your boots, grab a backpack, fill your water bottle and pack a few sarmies. What are you still waiting for?
Source: Firefly The Travel Guy.
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