By: Matt Hart
June 2014: I hadn’t been back to South Africa for 5 months, homesick and working hard in Saudi Arabia since January, allot of factors had to come together in order for myself and Taryn to return to SA for a short holiday! It wasn’t an easy feat, but with the help of our amazing friends back home we could make the trip a reality.
We hit the road for 2 weeks, a general outline of where we were headed but no real plan…I reiterate that ‘no plan’ is the best plan. No expectations and little complications thanks to an amazing bunch of friends who helped make this the most memorable trip I’ve been on.
Venturing through the Klein Karoo and spending some time out in the quiet desert town of Barrydale with my brother Scott and the Magpie family, also happens to be where I asked my amazing girlfriend Taryn to marry me whilst watching the sun rise from the top of a koppie in the Klein Karoo.
This with the best group of friends I could have asked for, to be present in that special moment.
Tripping along, out the Desert and down to the Sea where our next stop was in the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park with our good friends Taryn ‘n Jaco.
They were kind enough to take us in for the night as well as on a day hike along the Tsitsikamma coast line through forests, rocky cliffs and eventually to the most epic waterfall that pours down right beside the ocean.
From here on we spent the rest of endless days and nights surfing and relaxing! Waves were never scarce and each day was an absolute blessing!
Ive been busy with the short film the past 8 weeks whilst offshore, I tried capturing the beauty and the most memorable moments we had the pleasure of experiencing in South Africa!
Thanks to Trish and Stella Inggs for the use of their amazing family holiday house in St Francis.
Geoff Hart and Donoven Neale-May for putting us up in their amazing house in Simon’s Town.
Scott and Shane Hart, my brothers from Magpie Art Collective in Barrydale for your awesome hospitality and Love for us and our friends!
Christo Visser (fishstix vissie) for your courage in driving ‘THE WAGEN’ (70’s VW van) all the way down from Durban to Simon’s Town to take us there and back safely!
Sabrina for your huge smiles and unconditional love as well as the use of your car….the ‘backup’ incase it all failed!
Taryn Blowzy and Jaco (Wolfie) for sharing their amazing little piece of the Tsitsikamma with us….an absolute treat thank you!
And ovcourse all our amazing friends and family who made this trip the most memorable trip ever! Taryn and I are so grateful and despite not being in SA anymore we truly miss you all and will return soon for sure!!
Hope you guys enjoy the short film! Much love
Matt an Taryn
Click on through our pics below!
Sunrise in paradise – Simon’s Town
Matt and the ladies
Everyday for 10 days straight
Somewhere between here and there….from the Desert TO THE SEA
on the road through the desert
View ofSt Francis Bay from the house
Sunrise in Murdock Valley, Simon’s Town
Fun times, Muizies post surf session
Riding in the Wagen with JJ an Vissie
Keeping it cool at Ronnies Sex Shop, Route 62, Klein Karoo
Matt ‘n Geoff Hart – Brothers
Fishstix Vissie – Christo Shaka Visser
Sabrina an Matt, Tradouw’s Pass, Klein Karoo
Tradouw’s Pass Landscape
Vis and Geoff taking it in…
Tstitsikamma Ocean Side Waterfall
Salt Water Girl – Taryn
Thorn amongst the roses 70’s style – Morning Surf Check