It’s no secret that 2016 has been a bit of a shocker of a year – for everyone. But, with only 10 days left of the year, and South African summer well upon us, it’s time to relocate the zen before diving head first into the New Year.
While Cape Town is certainly one of the most beautiful cities that I’m lucky enough to call home, come December, my family and I high tail it to the (mostly) peace and quiet of Plettenberg Bay before the hordes of holiday-makers descend on the Mother City. Granted, Plettenberg Bay is also a popular destination for a summer holiday by the sea, for local and international tourists alike. It’s not hard to imagine why this is so, considering the endless stretches of beaches, warmer oceans, hiking and cycling trails for days and a booming foodie culture. Even the party-scene in Plett is a-buzz, with local artists and DJs touring along the Garden Route for the summer season.
But, we stay on the Keurbooms River – well away from the crowds, but close enough to the town to not feel too isolated from the festive buzz. And this is exactly where I’ll be spending the next 5/6 weeks of the summer – with family, and friends that feel like family – lolling on the beach, catching a tan and letting go of the stresses of the past year. Besides for the usual beach-bummery, look out for posts from my adventures, featuring anything from secret swims in undiscovered rock pools to kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding on the river, hiking trails and soaking up the good life at local wineries, restaurants and my favourite ice-cream shop. Plett holds a very special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to share a slice of it with you.
For now, to give you a taste of summer spent in my version of paradise, here are 15 photos that will make you want to get out of the city and locate your chill in Plettenberg Bay RIGHT NOW.
Hope you enjoyed this post, and are feeling super zen. Until next time xx