Namaqua West Coast Day #2: Take Me to the Water

Namaqualand is made for early morning missions. Die son gooi oranje en rooi van vroegdag af, en die lig vir fotografie skop gat terwyl daai #magichour hou. Ek en Peter Kirk is dus reeds vroeg voor sonop by Maskam Guest Farm na #gifberg toe op soek na nog foto’s wat die natuur prag van Namaqua West Coast kan vasvang.

From the crevacces and crags of these rugged mountains, we set course for #Papendorp – via an emergency caffeine stop at Thi Art Coffee in Vredendal – to meet up with Oubaas. Hier’s nou vir jou ‘n properse #NamakwaKarakter! One of a handful remaining traditional fishermen, Oubaas and his crew set off on most mornings to net harders on the Olifants River estuary.

Dis waar bokkoms – een van die #Weskus se mees tradisionele kossoorte – vandaan kom, and you can see bundles of these little dried fish hanging outside most of the dwellings in the tiny coastal dorps dotting the Atlantic shoreline. Daar word groot stories vertel op die vis bakkies, onder andere oor die robbe wat so groot probleem is om Papendorp.

We send up the drones to grab a few SUP shots, and then mission off to what must surely be one of the most unique wineries, not only on the West Coast, but anywhere in South Africa. Fryers Cove Winery is set inside the old traditional fishing harbour at #DoringBaai, and you enjoy their exceptional sauvignons and pinot noirs on the old pier jutting into the tempestuous bay. The wines are paired with curried fish, calamari, olives, cheese and other delectable seafood dishes, en een ding is verseker, dit is sommer donners lekker.

Terwyl ons wyn drink, raak die branders rof. Surfing photos were still on the cards, though, so I headed into a few 8ft #Wekus rollers off the rocky #Bamboesbaai shore line. This proved pretty rough going, and #DieOom got seriously pretzelled, maar nou ja. We pitched tents for a few more shots, the kids explored the rock pools, en toe kom daar nog wyn uit … soos ek reeds genoem het; die Namakwalanders en mense soos Monika De Jager het nie einde nie!

Huge thanks to Maskam Guest Farm Fryers Cove WineryStrandfontein Community en al die ander Weskus legendes 

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