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Platbos Forest

NB Platbos Forest Admin have advised, April 2018, that they are no longer pet friendly

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March saw us tootling off along the R43 again to visit Platbos Forest. Platbos forest is the southern most indigenous forest in Africa and had been on my list to visit for a long time. Situated between Stanford and Gansbaai, it’s also the perfect distance for a weekend break. There’s a once off payment for pets of R100 which, I think you’ll agree, is very reasonable.

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We booked the Old Olive Cabin as it was secluded and away from the rest of the cabins and the camp site. In fact, you need to park your vehicle and cart your things down to the cabin in a wheel barrow. This, of course, added to the appeal. If you take you doggy with do be careful though as the nursery is close to Old Olive Cabin and when we were there it was littered with broken glass and bones. Having a foody dog I had to watch Daks like a hawk as the bones were calling him, not too difficult if he’d had a good walk and was snoozing.

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The forest itself is lovely but smaller than I anticipated so we did end up walking the same route fairly often. Daks didn’t mind this but I was looking for a bit more variety so we also visited Flower Valley across the way which was breath taking. More about this in a later post.

Be warned, the mosquitoes and biting flies at Platbos are tough! I took Tabbard and Tabbard candles to burn plus camp spray insect repellent and they had a good chomp anyway. Be sure to back lightweight long sleeves and pants to protect you. Lucky for us it was cool and we had quite a bit of rain. In fact, there were some lovely downpours at night which made snuggling down in bed very inviting. Do be aware that the loo is a long drop and the shower is heated by a donkey boiler. Both these facilities are a little away from the cabin itself.

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