Shorelines: A Journey Along the South African Coast

By Chris Marais, Julienne du Toit

Award successful shuttle writers Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit pack their trusty bakkie and force the total size of South Africa's beaches, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east, assembly the bizarre and the glorious, the legal and the loopy parts of seashore South Africa en route.

This well known writer duo pack their trusty bakkie and force the total size of South Africa's shorelines, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east. On their 10-week trip, they meet the bizarre and the fantastic, the felony and the loopy components of seashore South Africa. the problems, the drama, the historical past, the journey and the comedian humour one unearths each day at the coast of this state make for a captivating armchair commute learn. shores is all approximately diamond divers, surfers, skippers domestic from the ocean, fishermen, shrewdpermanent baboons, dodgy builders, Rastafarians, Cadillac creditors, wooded area adventurers, Transkei nannies, sushi cooks, Zulu-shield makers, abalone poachers and a modern day Robinson Crusoe. It's a beneficiant slice of South African existence, with its foibles, squabbles and the occasional homicidal oyster. are available in, the water's fine—for now...

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit - authors of A Drink of Dry Land and Namibia area - are go back and forth writers who've received various awards for his or her journal paintings through the years. They traverse Southern Africa looking for stable tales and engaging humans. beaches is their most recent journey and, by way of encounters and concerns, their greatest - and such a lot worthwhile - problem up to now.

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By Chris Marais, Julienne du Toit

Award successful shuttle writers Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit pack their trusty bakkie and force the total size of South Africa's beaches, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east, assembly the bizarre and the glorious, the legal and the loopy parts of seashore South Africa en route.

This well known writer duo pack their trusty bakkie and force the total size of South Africa's shorelines, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east. On their 10-week trip, they meet the bizarre and the fantastic, the felony and the loopy components of seashore South Africa. the problems, the drama, the historical past, the journey and the comedian humour one unearths each day at the coast of this state make for a captivating armchair commute learn. shores is all approximately diamond divers, surfers, skippers domestic from the ocean, fishermen, shrewdpermanent baboons, dodgy builders, Rastafarians, Cadillac creditors, wooded area adventurers, Transkei nannies, sushi cooks, Zulu-shield makers, abalone poachers and a modern day Robinson Crusoe. It's a beneficiant slice of South African existence, with its foibles, squabbles and the occasional homicidal oyster. are available in, the water's fine—for now...

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit - authors of A Drink of Dry Land and Namibia area - are go back and forth writers who've received various awards for his or her journal paintings through the years. They traverse Southern Africa looking for stable tales and engaging humans. beaches is their most recent journey and, by way of encounters and concerns, their greatest - and such a lot worthwhile - problem up to now.

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The costume code stated “no overalls”, yet you'll scent the wealth because the moguls puttered in on skiffs from their ocean-going palaces to come back and mingle with the typical people. Feeling beautiful Greekish, we drank beer and ate a medley of snoek, hake, calamari and garlic mussels whereas Abba sang ‘Mamma Mia’. We dozed off within the sunlight as beady-eyed gulls saved an eye fixed over us. Then there has been a moderate commotion within. a pair of their seventies lurched out of the eating place as pissed as fowls. Their desk heaved with empty wine bottles.

No longer too a long way out at sea, a southern correct whale breached, like a major dancing large, flinging itself above the horizon time and again. a personal express for us – simply because not anyone else used to be having a look … bankruptcy 6: Elands Bay Broke and consuming Bait Autumn, 1997. The West Coast hamlet of Elands Bay wakes as much as a foul-smelling invasion from the ocean. it really is D-Day for the West Coast rock lobster (some fools like me mistakenly name it crayfish) and millions of them emerge from the depths, gasping in a crustaceous demeanour.

I warned each person – together with the media – to not painting us as individuals with loads of weapons and large quantities of cash – yet they did. after which the chancers began arriving right here – plenty of them. ” We advised him approximately our foray with the DEAT patrol boat from Kalk Bay. John laughed. “Let me let you know. while a patrol boat approached, we'd SMS the divers. they'd their cell phones down there in water-resistant plastic baggage. those boats are giant and clumsy, you spot them coming from distant. So what occurs? The poachers throw their perlemoen overboard so there’s no evidence.

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Yet, as in all of Africa’s fishing waters, the conventional tools have been giving strategy to the hi-tech ships and boats of first-world vendors. “The quickly ski boats with their digital fish finders are massacring every thing here,” he stated. “And as for the lengthy liners – there's rather a lot wastage that many people make a small residing by means of simply following them and hauling out the useless fish of their wake. ” Jules and that i walked all the way down to the sting of the water, the place raggedy males have been placing gutted, headless snoek out to dry.

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