More Than a Hike: Robberg Nature Reserve

As with any year, each comes with its own human experience that seems to take the world by storm – otherwise known as a trend.
It could be any and everything, from fashion to food and even sport.

 
It seems 2018 has seen the growing popularity of the hiking phenomenon.
Now I call it a phenomenon because I could never fully understand the “let’s walk up a cliff till we can’t feel our legs” craze.

 
I mean, I’ve been on other hikes before namely Hogsback, Settler’s Park and Tsitsikamma which were nothing short of breath-taking (in more ways than one), yet it was not until embarking on an eye-opening journey through the Robberg Nature Reserve, that it all seemed to make sense.

Located just 8km south of Plettenberg Bay, Robberg Nature Reserve is a picturesque national monument that has locals and tourist folk gushing at the stunning sea views and awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Upon arrival at the reserve, I truly did not imagine the impact that which seemed like a mere hike would have on my mental and spiritual well-being.

Let me tell you 3 lessons learnt whilst hiking through the Robberg Nature Reserve.

PATIENCE
A tough one to swallow, but a vital lesson to both learn and exercise.
As I took my time with each step, I was reminded that much like life’s obstacles each are to be overcome with grace through God’s mercy.
Be mindful and respectful of the timing – although reason may not be known at the time, it is there and is to be honoured.

Joyce Meyer says,

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.

 

APPRECIATION
Gazing long and admirably as the waters collide below, I was overcome by the one that goes hand in hand with gratitude.
As my feet create light crevasses within the ground beneath them, God’s well curated masterpiece, both the earth and the body beautifully became one.
Nature has a way of making one feel at home as we momentarily forget all that awaits us in reality to revel in all the beauty of life.
Be thankful for all that was, is and shall be.

 

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PRAISE + THANKS GIVING
A song that was on my heart throughout the entire experience was Hillsong United’s Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).
The irony of it all, as the waves danced below.
A song that resonates an unwavering love and immense joy that stirs within.
In a moment of almost letting the aches in my body win, I sat only to be overcome with an intense need to give thanks.
I surrendered all as I gently sang “my soul will rest in your embrace, for I am yours and you are mine

 

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These lessons learnt on my hike are one’s that sum up the year that has passed and shape the year that is to come.

 

Here are the lessons in simpler terms:

Be present in each given moment that life gifts you.
Celebrate each day’s victories, big or small.
Love.

 

Next time you go on vacation, let your heart and soul wander – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by all you take in.

 

Robberg Nature Reserve GPS Co-ordinates: 34 06 15.30 S 23 23 31.56 E

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Yellow Orchid Child is proudly driven by Nissan Eastern Cape

 

Stay beautiful, stay blessed

-Amanda Klaas

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