#97 SMULMONDJIE (GC3BE0G)
Gansbaai, South Africa
Once a year all the different Western Cape regions belonging to Brunette’s directorate within the Department of Health, gather to celebrate annual sports week – this year held at Uilenkraalsmond near Gansbaai. Unfortunately, this year’s celebrations coincided with widespread and violent labour protests throughout the Boland. As result, several of the regions were delayed, giving us enough time for a quick detour to Gansbaai and the Strandveld before joining in the fun.
The first cache was located within a small store in Gansbaai, so a quick grab and on to the next…
#98 GANSBAAI GATEWAY (GC20XBZ)
Gansbaai, South Africa
Number 2 was located within the Gansbaai tourism office.
Gansbaai was founded in 1881 after an 18-year-old fisherman walked there across the dunes from Stanford and discovered excellent fishing in the area. He settled there, and soon after other families followed suit.
Today it is considered the Great White Shark capital of the world, with shark cage diving drawing some of the highest tourist numbers to South Africa for any singular activity.
#99 SHARK ENCOUNTERS (GC1653Q)
Franskraal near Gansbaai, South Africa
This cache is located near a boardwalk along a path through a coastal milkwood forest and over a dune unto the beach in Franskraal.
The Strandveld Museum is situated in Franskraal. The Strandveld refers to the coastal region extending all the way from Hermanus towards the mouth of the Breede River.
The quaint building dates back to the 1860’s and houses a variety of local artefacts including the largest privately owned collection of artefacts from the HMS Birkenhead which sunk at Danger Point near Gansbaai in 1845.
This spot along the coast of Franskraal is named for the channel of sea water separating an small island of rocks from the main land.
Luckily there was no tourists around, so a quick grab and on to the next…
This was another quick park-and-grab along the coastal path in Kleinbaai. While looking for the cache, we spotted two contractors working close by on one of the houses. Trying to look blasé in our search, we were a bit dumbstruck when the elder of the two, wearing a neck brace, started up the ladder towards the roof…
Another tribute to Vorsprung durch Technik…
We took a drive along what looked like a dirt road, and ended up doing some serious off-tracking with the A4. After finding the cache, we considered it the opportune time to share a Windhoek Light, before Brunette tackled the return trip!
The last one for the day was quite a disappointing trip. What was expected to be a hike through a milkwood forest, ended up as a bundu-bashing along a poorly maintained trail, frequented by vagrants, to an uneventful cache containing the paper maché remains of a log book and some other rusted items.
Having found our eight for the day, including our 100th find, we decided to call it a day and join the colleagues at the sports day.