At the Indian Ocean
It is loud! A constant roar that never stops! It stays like this: day and night. That is the sound that a stay on Beach of wilderness in South Africa so impressive. The waves roll continuously from the vastness of the Indian Ocean. They build up, sometimes more, sometimes less. But they always exist. They are wild. Even on the calmest days of the year!
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Like an endless ribbon, they first break at the kilometer-long sandy beach, which stretches from the mouth of the Touwsrivier to the mouth of the Kaaimansrivier - where Highway 2 branches off inland at Dolphin's Point. Farther to the east, the spectacle becomes more dramatic. There, the waves encounter rocky resistance and clamor against it with all their strength and power. They roll along the beach. Incessantly. Without break. The waves of the Indian Ocean are the trademark of the beach of Wilderness.
Dangerous: the waves on the beach of Wilderness
They are dangerous. Time and again, they pull inadvertent tourists who do not believe in the warnings, who everywhere on signs advise against swimming on this beach. Unpredictable currents create them. An underwater sink that inexorably tugs into the depths that it offers. Year after year, victims fall victim to him who want to prove that this is not the case. That they know better. Alone, here you should on the Tips for South Africa hear. The sea and the waves of Wilderness know no mercy. This gives the beach of Wilderness something threatening, but also a wild beauty that inspires the cautious viewer a great humility before the irrepressible nature.
That's why no one in the water can be seen on this miles of sandy beach, except a few unteachable, the hesitant to stretch their toes in the spray, which foaming flows to the shore. At most to the knees, most dare to sea. Anyone who goes further plays with his life.
Perfect for long walks on the beach - Wilderness Beach
Most visitors to the beach in Wilderness are content with a beach walk for hours instead. Those who prefer the easy way turn west from the mouth of the Touwsrivier towards Dolphin's Point. It is beautiful here. The beach is so long that the summer guests lose themselves on the expanses of the coast. I prefer the wilder, the more varied side of the beach and go east. I am almost alone. Only in the distance do I see a few locals balancing on the rocks and hopefully casting their fishing rods. I wonder if they are actually catching fish in the surf. Here the fine sand soon stops. More and more rocks push in from the sea in through the sand. Farther outside, the wild waves break and perform an impressive spectacle on the last meters of their being.
Interesting: looking for clams on Wilderness Beach
Spray whips up! Water splashes in all directions. It leaves puddles in the sand and in rock formations, which were created by centuries of editing by the waves. In it I find whole mussel beds. On the edge of the rocks, barnacles cling tightly, filtering out of the tidewater their food. Seagulls and herons go about it, always in search of something edible. They can be driven in the wind through the air, which blows here constantly.
The beach of Wilderness is not a beach for beach lovers. However, if you, like me, the nature experience, is on this beach just right. It is easy to reach via the coastal Highway 2, which leads south along the Garden Route. Above the cliffs of Wilderness and in the village there are several hotels and guest houses where you can spend the night overlooking the beach and the incessant roar of the waves. If you like it quiet, choose an accommodation away from the beach. There, the ocean becomes a background noise, and the view is limited to Fynbos vegetation or the lagoon of the Touwsrivier.
More travel tips for South Africa:
Lufthansa, Condor or South African Airways fly to South Africa. Wilderness can be reached via Highway 2.
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Guided tours along the Garden Route:
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline