Hiking down to a historic cave, shark waters and a perfect sunset from Grootbos

Yesterday, along South Africa’s Overberg Coast, living a Travelife, we decided to hike down to the beach with a guide and explore some 40,000 year old caves.

The Overberg Coast is not as famous or as accessible as the shorelines nearer Cape Town.

But I’m happily discovering that this area is very beautiful.

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It’s about a two-hour drive from Cape Town, up and through lovely mountains — and then you’ll find yourself in the Overberg Coast, which is full of pretty towns, deserted beaches and boutique wineries.

In fact, today, we’re off to have lunch at one of these boutique wineries, where the owners have created a very unique and interesting pairing of food and wine.


I’m quite excited for this, even if every meal on this trip so far has been excellent in terms of food and wine.

We did book some of South Africa’s best restaurants — basically the last of the Top 10 restaurants for 2013 that I still hadn’t tried on previous trips.


The beach we went to yesterday was just stunning.

And next to it was an amazing stretch of white sand that went on for miles.

Unfortunately, most of the white sand beaches here are just for strolling rather than swimming, as this area is known for being one of the most shark-infested waters in the world — even near the shore.

Our guide said: “Just last week, some people from Cape Town didn’t follow the advice and they went swimming just over there. One of them got bitten by a shark, although fortunately it wasn’t a fatal bite.”

So no swimming for us, even if there are some designated safe places like coves with lots of seaweed.

Apparently sharks dislike getting entangled in seaweed.


The cave was very interesting, however, and it only entailed a short hike up through the rocks.

When we finally clambered over the rocks, we found ourselves in a cavernous space that some members of the Khoi Khoi tribe reportedly called home about 20,000 years ago.

It was a very nice way to spend the afternoon.

But we made sure we were back on top of the hill by sunset for a wonderful last sundowner at the lovely Grootbos Private Reserve, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.