We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a photo of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).

May 2017 – Stellenbosch (Western Cape Province, South Africa)

We think it is time to look at some hiking throwback photos again, don’t you?

After coming back from our first Camino trip in Spain in 2017, we just wanted to get back into nature. On a sunny autumn day, we drove to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve outside the beautiful town of Stellenbosch.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve:

This reserve is about 9km (5.5 miles) from Stellenbosch and home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains and parts of the Jonkershoek valley.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

There are several hiking trails of varying difficulty and length that lead off a circular drive. On this day however, we decided to just take it easy and enjoy the 10km (6.2 miles) circular gravel road to the valley. Cars can also drive on this road – so, if you don’t feel like walking, you can drive leisurely through the reserve.

Fynbos bushes along the route

It is a winter rainfall area and since it was late May that we hiked this route, it was not yet as wet and lush as it usually is during the winter. The reserve sits within the fynbos biome and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Over 1,100 species of plants have been recorded here so far. We enjoyed seeing lovely flowers, plants and flowing streams.

Surrounded by fynbos bushes that are unique to this area

Jonkershoek Mountains

We found a few streams and rivers on our way – crossing a low water bridge

When we left the reserve, we walked to a seating area on the green grass and ordered coffee from the restaurant, The End Café (they also serve toasties, delicious cakes and muffins). A day out in nature is always a good day!

Relaxing with a coffee after our hike at The End Café


40 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #21

      1. Agreed – Stellenbosch is a magical spot, especially with a glass of wine in hand! 🙂 Yes, all systems go for Spain. I have starting throwing my gear into a big, messy pile for sifting through a bit later. I am determined to pack light this trip! Start walking from Madrid on Friday 19 May….. ooooo – excited! 🙂

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  1. Dis so pragtig daar! Ons het al op die pad gery en ek het my weereens verkyk aan die pragtige natuurlike plantegroei daar. Toe ek baie jare gelede op skool was , was ek ook daar saam met ons skool se Landsdiens groep. Ons moes help brandpaaie kap!

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    1. Ek kan dink hoe lekker ‘n Landsdiens kamp daar moet wees … weet nie hoe lekker dit was om brandpaaie te kap nie 🙂 (maar welgedaan, julle het julle deel vir die natuur gedoen)! Jy’s reg, dis die natuurlike plantegroei wat my ook altyd opval en dan natuurlik daardie mooi berge wat so uittroon.

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    1. Thanks Tricia – it’s usually those early mornings in the valley between the high mountains that are the most beautiful. And it’s not just the sight of the different plants, but also the smell of them that is so wonderful … we just love this place!

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    1. Thanks Marion. Yes, I think autumn is actually the best season here in SA for hiking. The End Cafe – I remember on a previous occasion we had carrot cake which was absolutely divine. So, you can either go there for hiking or just to enjoy a peaceful day under the trees with a sweet treat 🙂.

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  2. These are such wonderful throwback photos, Corna 🙂 Hiking is a fantastic excuse to get outside and explore! Whether you are hiking around a nature trail or a historic area, there are always fun things to see and do. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Haha, yes this was just a “walk in the park” … it was over before we really started walking! But then again, you don’t realise you’re walking 10km when you’re surrounded by so much beauty.


    1. Fynbos is very unique to the Western Cape Province in South Africa. If you googled it, you probably saw that the name comes from an Old Dutch word: ‘fine bush’ and usually occurs in small heather-like trees and shrubs. It’s really a joy to see them in their natural habitat. Our national flower, the Protea, is also family of the fynbos biome.

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    1. I love it that you use the words “fynbos” and “SA toasties” in one sentence 🙂. There’s a lovely farm stall near where we currently live that makes amazing toasties … I think we’ll have to pop in again this weekend!

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    1. I knew you would understand that urge to get back into your hiking gear after completing a Camino 🙂. I was absolutely amazed with your travel memory! What a wonderful adventure and I can fully understand why it must have been a once in a lifetime experience – it’s just wow!

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    1. The Stellenbosch area is very popular for hiking and mountain biking. We just never got tired of going to Jonkershoek again and again. There were a few times we didn’t even go for a walk in the beautiful reserve, but just enjoyed coffee and cake at the cafe … that’s how nice it is there!

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  3. I love the name “jonkershoek”. Another lovely SA hike Corna with such vibrant plant life. Not sure I’ve ever seen a fynbos bush in the flesh. The peaceful shot from the water bridge is the very picture of serenity. We are currently on a ferry from Naxos Island to Athens, and your mention of The End Cafe has inspired me to get a coffee and a toastie. Cheers.

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    1. “Jonkershoek” – so called by the Dutchman Jan de Jonkheer in the 17th century … yeah, I like that name too! Fynbos is very unique to South Africa – I have never encountered it in any other country on our travels. I wish one could provide scent through the internet, because it smells amazing. Hope you guys enjoy the last few days in Athens (and that it was a great coffee and toastie).

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