It's not really a "nature reserve"...we would almost call it a nature resort!
It's a large chunk of property that borders the ocean. And most of that property really is a nature reserve. But part of the coast is a series of 70 private beach homes. Our couchsurfing host Leoni had her home built here about six years ago. Some residents live here, but given the location only 70 kms (44 miles) north of Cape Town, many residents only use these homes as weekend or holiday properties.
Each home is different, but they have to comply with certain standards.
There is a community clubhouse and swimming pool. And tennis courts.
You can walk for miles in either direction and not see a soul.
Inland, there are walking trails and lots of paths that are suitable for biking. It's actually 4 kms (2.4 miles) back to the main road, so that in itself makes for a nice short bike ride. There's a small farm shop up on the main highway in case you need any last minute items.
We spotted this little tortoise on one of our walks.
And some pretty wildflowers.
On Saturday night, Leoni and her friend Netty took off to Cape Town to watch a soccer match. Ruth and I had bought some ostrich steaks for dinner! We cooked them up on the braai (bbq) and they were delicious! You would expect it to be like chicken, but it tastes more like red meat.
Ostrich steaks low in fat, high in protein!
And, they only cost R52 ($5.50) for five small steaks. We ate two and a half of them for dinner, and then used the other two and a half cut up on a salad for lunch. Delicious again. Bet you've never had ostrich salad before!
We had a gorgeous sunset Saturday evening!
Now for something completely different.
We're going shark cage diving. Yep. With the great white sharks. Tuesday morning, we head out on a boat to an area that is a famous feeding grounds for great white sharks. And we go in the water with them.
Despite the fact that you are safe in a cage, I'm actually a little nervous (and excited) about this. Call us crazy, but it's going to make for an interesting blog post on Wednesday!
Photo courtesy of White Shark Diving Company.