HAVE a glance AT THESE seven PLACES IN South Africa to visit, STRAIGHT OUT OF A FAIRY TALE:
1. The Wild Coast’s waterfall Bluff
one of only nineteen waterfalls world-wide to fall directly into the sea, falls Bluff is a spectacular double-lipped waterfall on the Wild Coast of South Africa reminiscent of another world. You’ll find this glorious fall between Port St Johns and Mkambathi Nature Reserve, however it’s not as simple as simply driving there.
One apparently will reach it only as part of a hike (although, if you lodge in Mkambathi the falls are easier to access). The exciting part of these near-vertical cliffs, simply south of the Msikaba stream, is that hikers can get right up close and personal with the falls, and even behind the falls.
2. Coffee Bay’s Hole in the Wall
Also on the Wild Coast is a brilliant coastal rock formation that appears sort of a bridge across forever. Or, at least, an entrance into another realm. The hole within the Wall is on the beach at coffee Bay. The towering offshore, detached cliff has through its centre a large gap, carved over years by wave action.
It doesn’t appear to matter how you approach the mythically proportioned structure, it pictures fantastically from above, the side, or directly ahead of it. In the right season, and at high tide, the waves clap the gap in such a way that you can hear the thwack for miles around.
3. Noetzie’s castles at sunset
the little secret beach of Noetzie was once referred to as Noetziekamma, or place of dark water. These days it’s a protected cove renowned by few not even 10 minutes’ from the favoured Garden Route town of Kenyans. And it’s a fairy kingdom of not one, but 3 castles.
They’re admittedly nothing just like the great European castles of times gone, but seen in a mild light, they hold an uncomplicated beauty that depends nearly entirely on the grace of their surrounds and renders a fairy-tale quality for guests and residents alike. Noetzie’s beach is accessed along a gravel road, followed by a steep climb down a slim path and Cliffside steps.
4. Tulbagh’s Church street at twilight
Head down Tulbagh’s Church Street at twilight, accompanied by the eerie call of peacocks, and also the romance of the Dutch gables, thatched roofs and sloping, lush lawns wealthy with late afternoon shadows and also the glitter of waning daylight because it filters through the leaves of the trees, and you can’t fail to be enthralled.
The town’s backdrop of the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Obiqua Mountains, and also the gurgling of the Klip watercourse down at the bottom of the slim properties’ gardens, makes this one amongst the foremost capricious places in South Africa to go to at sunset. Why not stay in Tulbagh overnight?
5. Hogback’s forests
the term ‘away with the faeries’ was created with Hogback in mind. This wee town in amongst the Amatole Mountains is South Africa’s Middle Earth, its forests the realm of Rivendell and elves, it’s mostly dirt roads effortless ways to nowhere.
The lush forests and the little town combine to make a misty-morning oasis up on an escarpment wealthy with yellowwoods, white stinkwoods and different indigenous plants and ferns. Various walks through the forest result in numerous waterfalls near town, and a path network takes you through forest undisturbed and richly characterful.
6. Spider Bridge, Sun City
Not only is Spider Bridge in Sun city one among the foremost distinctive and creative bridges in the world (and much photographed and shared on social media, as a result), it’s additionally completely otherworldly, its oval-shaped rope passageway like an avenue, or passageway, into the fairy realm.
7. The Cedarburg’s Wolfberg Arch
The gothic proportions of the red sandstone of the Cedarburg is a destination of its own close to Clan William, roughly three hundred kilometre from Cape Town. To reach these typically haunting rocks one must drive past groves of gnarled orange trees and a sea of rooibos to the range of mountains named for the endangered Clan William cedar tree.
The strange arch of the Wolfberg is a hike away (contact Dwarsrivier), however you may come across the rare snow protea found nowhere else in the world but here on the way.