Victoria Bay, South Africa

by Johanna
(Nevada)

I haven't been there in a long time, but this beach was very special and it doesn't look like it's changed much from a Google Earth view.


It was actually just a small beach, more of a wide cove, but it had some of the best surfing to be had along the South African coast. It was also great for body surfing because the waves were so even and predictable.

There was a retaining wall that separated the beach from the ground above it - this is where people could park. Further back from that was a caravan park. It was a very laid back kind of place.

Down a little road that went even further inland, was a small green valley called Carmel where they used to have a kids summer camp. Since the railroad went along the hillside through this valley, we would arrive by steam train and the train would stop there and let us campers off, even though there wasn't a proper station.

There was a tide pool off to one side of the bay, and a short bit of road that took you past the restroom/showers, followed by a few houses along to a point.

From there you used to be able to take a path along the cliffs to the right above the ocean to a small cove, known as Ballot's Bay.

For those of you who have been to the Big Sur area in California, the vegetation was exactly the same, and the coastline very similar to that along Highway 1, but the water was quite a bit warmer.

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