Walking the Nahoon boardwalk
The Nahoon Point Nature Reserve are home to more than 2km of unspoilt coastline, as well as a series of boardwalks that are perched above the fragile dune vegetation – this allow the visitors to be part of the splendor without damaging the plants or habitat under their feet.
We have read that the Nahoon Point wooden boardwalk was recently repaired and improved … it was time for us to have a closer look. After we found parking in the car park area, it was only a few steps on the white sand before we reached the boardwalk.
A new addition to the boardwalk, is a platform from where one can watch the ocean (and the whales). We hope to see the whales at some point during our stay here in East London.
From the platform the boardwalk continues with a few bends and steps until we reached the beach.
At first glance, it’s a rocky beach and we found a narrow pathway between the rocks and dune until we got to another car park and a small sandy beach.
Here, some people enjoyed the beach and water. Youngsters were playing in the water and a couple were sun bathing on the beach … and here I thought it’s supposed to be winter right now!
At the end of this beach, we saw another boardwalk winding its way to the top of a dune and decided to follow this one to see where it was heading.
To our surprise, a much bigger sandy beach was waiting on the other side of the dune! The boardwalk is taking you down all the way to the beautiful Nahoon beach … and once again, lots of people enjoyed the beach here. If it looks like this on a winter’s day, I would love to see this beach in December during summer time!
We decided not to go further down to the beach … we just remembered that we will have to take the boardwalk all the way back to our car! We will visit the beach on another hot day.
Sometimes, during this walk, the boardwalk would end, which meant we had to follow a narrow pathway through bushes to get back to the boardwalk again. Ah, don’t you just love a bit of adventure on an otherwise easy hike!
On our way back, we came across a guy and his two dogs. The one dog was very persistent in following Berto. We had to stop a couple of times to show him back to his owner … eventually he reluctantly decided to let us go.
The views back to the small beach were beautiful. It was now downhill (and hard on the knees) … but at least we could enjoy the ocean beneath us.
Back on the small beach, we noticed the well-known yellow frames from where you can take photo’s … unfortunately the sun was right behind the frame, which meant our angle of taking a picture was not perfect.
From here onwards, we had to climb the boardwalk all the way back up to get to the car park area. A hike that was intended to be a slow and comfortable one, gave us a good workout in the end!
At the start of our walk, we noticed that there was a restaurant at the car park. We needed no encouragement to go straight to the Reef Café for lunch!
We ordered two big glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice to quench our thirst. After the juice, I was fortunate to order a glass of wine (Berto was driving). For lunch, I enjoyed the Fish Bite Basket (filled with fish bites & scampi prawns) served with onion rings and chips, while Berto could not resist a Sleezy Cheesy burger with chips and a side salad … all really delicious.
Oh, and the Reef Café have a clever idea of making sure the beach is clean. When you come back from your walk with a bag of trash, you can hand it in at the café and get a free coffee … we will do our bit next time!
It was a great walk on a beautiful boardwalk … although, I must admit, my legs were quite sore the next day … it’s time that we get on more hiking trails!