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Visit the Wild Side

Text by Joan Berning. Photographs by Christy Strever

Visit the Wild Side; Visit Kranshoek; Visit the Aartmoeders

Where conservation, community and land art meet

Activities to choose from when visiting Kranshoek:

  1. Historical walk or drive to the Griqua National Head Office; Oom Sammy Jansen will give a talk on the history of the Griquas, their origins, traditions, and culture.
  2. Visit the Griqua monument: the guide will share the history of what the monument symbolises with you.
  3. Visit the school, crèche and the church built with funds raised by the Griquas
  4. Walk or drive to Eden to Addo’s Aartmoeders, a stone landart piece symbolising three elephants placed on a viewpoint overlooking the pristine fynbos and rocky coast of the Robberg Coastal Corridor.
  5. Hike from the Aartmoeders, through the fynbos down to the rugged coast. Spend time on the coast exploring or fishing ( permits are required for fishing.) Make sure to bring hiking boots, a hat, water, and suntan lotion.
  6. Drive or walk to Ietsie Bietsie Craft Shop and see the crafts and leatherwork made by the ladies of the community.
  7. Enjoy a light meal or coffee at Chill Out Café. Booking with your guide is essential.
  8. End your tour with a beer or two, even something stronger from the local tavern, Abes

Guiding is charged by the hour and it’s your choice how many hours are spent with the guide and which activities appeal to you. Telephone Phillip (083 532 5138) to make an appointment. Meet your guide at the Kranshoek Entrepreneurs building.

The people of the mist, the Griquas, were led by their visionary pathfinder Andrew Abraham Stockenstrom Le Fleur I to the wild side of Plettenberg Bay, Kranshoek. Here too are three stone elephants, the Aartmoeders, pathfinders symbolising the start of the Eden to Addo Corridor. Symbols of movement and freedom, they focus the attention on the beauty of Eden to Addo’s Robberg Coastal Corridor, its fynbos and rocky shore, and the freedom found by the Khoi descendants, the Griquas.

The Aartmoeders were created by artist Simon Max Bannister. It is the initial artwork of many along the Eden to Addo Corridor creating what will be South Africa’s first Land Art Route. As a conservation initiative, Eden to Addo aims to establish a living corridor along old elephant migratory paths linking the Garden Route National Park to the Addo Elephant National Park 350km to the east.

Source: Eden to Addo

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