Dear Kromme Enviro-Trust supporter
When did you last experience the Two Harbours’ Walk?
One of the projects undertaken by the Kromme Enviro-Trust under an agreement with Kouga Municipality, and relying on donations from Kromme Enviro-Trust members and the public at large, the walk provides access to the beautiful stretch of shoreline connecting the Heritage Centre at Granny’s Pool (the old NSRI boathouse and original ‘harbour’) and the parking area at Port St Francis, the only privately owned harbour in South Africa.
The Two Harbours’ Walk, which is sheltered from the offshore wind, is not difficult for anyone who is moderately fit. It lasts roughly an hour and offers much to delight the senses.
The views over the bay towards the mountains are spectacular.
You may see Humpback, Common and Bottlenose dolphins in the bay, African Black Oystercatchers, Cape Gannets, Cormorants and Kelp Gulls and other birds in the air and on the rocks, and you may even glimpse the Cape Clawless Otter, which sometimes ventures out at dusk.
Between May and October, you may be treated to a viewing of Humpback and Southern Right whales, as they make their annual migration between their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and the warmer waters off Mozambique where they feed and breed. Peak calving (and thus viewing) season is during July and August. Small fynbos flowers hide amongst the grasses and the sea and birds provide a soothing background sound. Although the big dune is no longer there, surfers still ride the waves at Bruce’s Beauties, the famous surfing spot featured in the 1960’s film ‘Endless Summer’, and you are likely to see chokka boats and other recreational craft along the way.
If you would prefer to walk only part of the trail, there are a number of places where you can join the path.
Ask a friend to drop you off at the car park between Erf 1298 and 1214 in ESMERALDA ROAD, or access the trail via the public walkway between Erf 1522 and 1523 on TOM BROWN BOULEVARD, and leave your car at your destination. You could also be dropped off or collected in AVERY CLOSE, where there is a public walkway between erf 1734 & 1735). Maps are available at any Estate Agency or the Tourist Office.
Dogs on leashes are welcome, but please dispose of any mess they deposit en route! The best method is a debatable issue, given the impact of plastic pollution on the environment. You can move dog poo off the pathway using a stick or stone or bury it in the shelly/sandy areas. If a bag is your preferred disposable method, please don’t throw it in the bushes.
Wear a hat and comfortable shoes, and don’t forget sunscreen and water. Remember to add some time to just sit and relax and take in the breathtaking views.
If you would like to support Kromme Enviro-Trust’s work, including maintenance and development of the walk, an SMS to 42646 with the message EARTH costs R30 per SMS.
Originally opened up in 2000, the walk is maintained by a dedicated group of Kromme Enviro-Trust volunteers. Steve Keightley-Smith (the founder of the volunteer group, who is sadly relocating to Plettenberg Bay), Richard Cammell, Frank Dobrowski and Neville Medley, supported by KET committee member Alex Gottë, focus on ongoing maintenance of the walk. Typically, this includes removal of flotsam and jetsam, bush clearing of walkways and clearing of drains to avoid washaways.
KET committee member Ken Mc Gregor focuses on the maintenance and development of the structural aspects of the walk. Other members of the ‘Structures’ team are Mickey Sadler, Willem Fick and Trevor Wright. Recent improvements to the walk include the upgrading of wooden staircases at the dune between Santareme and St Francis on Sea; the ongoing upgrading and maintenance of paving stairs and repairs to the boardwalk below the Esmeralda Rd parking area.
Future plans for the Two Harbours’ Walk include the positioning of informative notice boards, drawing the walker’s attention to various points of interest along the way. A longer term project, of which in a future newsletter, is an extension of the walk linking Granny’s Pool with Main Beach via a boardwalk.
If you would like to be actively involved in or have resources you can contribute to this aspect of the Kromme Enviro-Trust’s work, please contact Ken McGregor on firstname.lastname@example.org
An SMS to 42646 with the message EARTH costs R30 per SMS and will support this and other Kromme Enviro-Trust’s projects.