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The Ubuntu Spirit

(Nelson Mandela explained Ubuntu as follows:[4]
A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?)

Wikipedia has possessed me and my husband, and we helped a fellow traveller on a bycicle in his journey from Belgium to South Africa. 11 countries and a journey of self discovery.

So, this is why I decided to give you a little description of the cycling route in our village, if you decide to test your endurance in a little journey. May this be the beginning of a path to change your life.

Plaatbos Nature Walk and cycle route
The Plaatbos is situated in the Storms River Village, amid Indigenous Forest in the Eastern Cape. There are actually 3 routes for hiking/walking: Yellow (8.09km), Red (7.78km) and Green (5.09km). In the first one, you can have a picnic and swim (in summertime, as the water now is freezing) in the Storms river. The brown coloration of the water is due to the tannins of the leaves and is drinkable. Very refreshing!

The cycling route covers 22 km (round trip) and can be completed in 3 to 4 hours. Maps are available in the Forestry office. Changes in weather conditions and damage route by other users may result in increased difficulties. Be prepared to carry your bycicle over sections. The visitors hours are from 6:00 until 16:00 and self -issue permits are available at gate.

Goesa Nature Walk
This is my favorite walk! Lovely ferns, tree ferns and hard pear trees, among other beautiful trees. It’s 2 kms….easy peasy! Just issue yourself a permit, carry it with you and enjoy! You might be able to see the Knysna Loerie! but there are also other pretty birds to enjoy…