Sleepy eyes and the starry Skei

I had no idea what to expect on this recent trip to the Transkei.  The last time I went there was with my parents, and I was about three years old, so it was too long ago to remember clearly.  It’s always exciting to be going somewhere totally foreign to you, even if it is only a few hours away from home. So off we went, on a four day adventure.  What I discovered is that this place is very much unlike any other part of South Africa I have visited. It is pure undiluted rural Africa. Curious children’s faces peek over the doors of their huts, while the braver ones chase after your car, shouting “sweets” with hands outstretched. For all the poverty and absence of any first world comforts, smiles and laughter are not lacking on their faces. Donkeys and piglets, who are so delightfully cute, make their way up and down the dirt roads. There is something quite unique and enchanting about seeing cows on the beach for the first time.  The Transkei is not lacking in beautiful landscapes, steep cliffs that drop into huge crashing ocean waves, snaking rivers and breathtaking views from up high on the hills.  Here are some of the images I captured during the trip. 

“There is another alphabet, whispering from every leaf, singing from every river, shimmering from every sky.”

Accomodation: The Kraal

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