A Journey along the coastline of South Africa: narrative travel.
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Doring Bay, Western Cape

In South Africa, life on the coast is particularly dramatic – in many ways. Over the centuries, more than 3 000 ships have come to grief on its rocky shores.

‘First Intelligence’ wandered about here, leaving footprints and eating limpets and abalone. Later on, the children of Strandlopers picked beautiful river-rubbed diamonds from its north-western beaches and kept them as baubles.


Camps Bay, Western Cape

In the early summer of 2005, lifestyle authors Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit set out on an extended trip that would span the 3 200 km coastline from Alexander Bay on the southern edge of Namibia to Kosi Bay on the Mozambican border.

On their three-month journey, they met the weird and the wonderful, the criminal and the crazy elements of seaside South Africa.

Gansbaai, Western Cape

Gansbaai, Western Cape

Shorelines is all about diamond divers, surfers, skippers home from the sea, fishermen, smart baboons, dodgy developers, Rastafarians, Cadillac collectors, forest adventurers, Xhosa nannies, sushi chefs, Zulu shield-makers, abalone poachers and a modern-day Robinson Crusoe.

It’s a generous slice of South African life, with all its foibles, squabbles and the occasional homicidal oyster. Come in, the water’s fine – for now…


Alexander Bay, Northern Cape

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