I started hiking along the coast of Hermanus for fun in June 2016. After noticing so much marine debris along certain parts of my hiking trails, I became more and more disturbed at the amount of plastic washed out along our shores, that I made contact with our local conservation office: Whale Coast Conservation.
Suddenly, my hiking became a passion and soon I was finding myself hiking from Hermanus to Gansbaai in one direction and then the next month from Hermanus to Gordons Bay in the other direction.
And in between the hiking, I started organising coastal cleanups with friends and volunteers.
By the 19th of November 2016, I had covered Cape point to Cape Agulhas, all the while taking photogrphs and mapping marine Debris hot spots.
Over the next 5 months, one weekend of each month, I would cover an average of 55km per month, hiking further up the east coast of South Africa. By the 29th April 2017, I reached Mossel Bay – a total distance of 573.26km
On 19 July 2017, I embarked on the next fase: Mossel Bay to Sedgefield. I covered a distance of 92.75km all along the coast. By Saturday, 22 July, I added this to my distance covered thus far, making it 665.75km in total.
On Friday, 25 August, I drove up to Sedgefield and with help from a local, I was dropped off at the Parking lot on Sedgefield beach, near Gericke’s Point to start on the next leg of my journey: Sedgefield to Plettenberg Bay.
This time, I had survival hiker; Kosie Gericke from Mossel Bay, with me. We covered 25km in 5 hours – all along the beach. We had a late start due to vehicle trouble and only left at 12 noon, arriving at Brenton on Sea, Knysna at 5pm.
On Saturday we walked 7.2km to Knysna Heads from the town and started our hike high above the sea – on the Heads. The whole coast was burnt to a cinder by the recent fires and some of our route was easy going all along the cliff’s edge.
We walked all day, covering only 20km in 10.5 hours. The terrain was difficult with burnt trees and branches. After camping in the forest overnight, we continued to Hakerville and reached the end of our energy at 4pm. Visit the blog report to see images and the story.
Total distance covered along the coast at this point: 716km
My aim is to continue hiking up the east coast as far as I can go – all in an attempt to make more people aware of the reality of Marine Debris being washed out along the shores of our coast. I want people to wake up and start getting involved by participating in coastal and beach cleanups.
Marine Debris is classified as any man–made item that is discarded on purpose or by accident into the sea.
Everybody should know by now what plastic is doing to our marine and bird life.
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Completed 92.75km of the planned 160km. This one will have to be continued…