Blog

Today was bittersweet for me. The final day of an incredible week of swimming along the East Coast of Africa in Marine Protected areas as a series of world first swims with an incredible team was such a privilege and blessing that I do not take lightly. Following the migration path of humback whales, sharing the ocean with so much life was an indescribable experience. Today felt different as I knew it was the last day of a surreal experience. I felt very present in the moment and wanted to savour every bit of this final stretch. Every moment from the launch and the salt spray over my face...

Today I woke up after a phenomenal sleep. My best night’s sleep since we have been on tour. I felt fresh and ready for another big day. We had ideal weather conditions again with no clouds, bright sun and the north wind picking up later in the morning to give me a push. Breakfast was flapjacks with yoghurt and honey and a power smoothie. We met the boat at 7:45 and loaded it up. I opted for a trip in the car to the start which was a good call. We had a mattress in the back and I got to rest all the way to Mabibi. We met Layla from Thonga beach lodge who shared with us how they are doing...

I had a restless sleep and today felt a bit like day 1 of the swim series, we were all a bit helter skelter trying to find a new rhythm in a new place with a new boat crew. I had a healthy brekkie of a smoothie, oats and left over rooibos tea with honey before we set out to meet Adventure Mania with all our gear to set off for day 5 of the swim series. The boat ride was hysterical with ACDC pumping full blast setting us in good spirits along with multiple whale sightings in shore and out to sea. A sure good sign for a good swim day.

Just over an hour later we arrived at Black rock...

Today was rest day. I woke up feeling good, just a slight tightness/ wheeze in my chest but arms felt good. We had a slow start to the morning with a breakfast smoothie on steroids (avo, beetroot, spinach, mandarin juice, apple juice, banana, lemon, pear, egg and pineapple) it was delicious despite what it sounds like!
Wofty had gone for an early morning dolphin dive with Angie, a local dolphin expert and Sarah, Angelika & I went to meet her for a little information no dolphin interactions and got to understand them better. We then headed out for a recovery swim in the Ponto bay...

Day 3- Elephant coast swim
Today was a first of its kind for me and the team and probably most open water swimmers. We had done the route we had set out to do from Ponto Dobela to Ponto Do Ouro over a 2 day stretch, albeit in a slightly backward fashion! Starting day 1 at Tekobanin going north to Pont Dobela and day 2 starting at Tekobenin finishing at Ponto Do Ouro

Today, to minimise cost and time on the boat getting to and from the start and finish, we opted for a unique swim- an out and back- looking to swim 5kkm out to sea, 5km along the Mozambique current and 5km back to...

Today was a phenomenal day of swimming. I woke up feeling horrid and dreading the thought of 5 hours in the water, not sure if I could manage the entire way considering how sore and tender my shoulders were- especially the left one. Day 1 was tough as I struggled to get into a rhythm with all the marine interruptions. It felt long and being the first long swim since Hawaii it took it’s toll on me mentally and physically,. The boat ride to the start of day 2 was long!

We were dropped off at Tekobanin again. John and Sarah swam me to shore to help me negotiate the big surf, although...

Today we started the first of a series of swims attempting to do a staged 100km over the Southern Coast of Mozambique and Northern KZN all aimed at highlighting the need to protect our oceans.
We started the day with a breakfast of cooked oats overlooking a breath-taking sunrise. We met the boat down on the beach at 7:30 and had a brief about conditions and the best route option to take. Daniel our captain was incredibly accommodating and we ended up opting to do day 2 of our planned route and swim north instead of south, optimizing the conditions.
The boat ride was slightly...

This morning I started a new training program. It was very exciting having a goal and not having to think or make up a program as I have been for the last 6 months. I have spent the last 6 months, firstly revelling and then recovering from my, not so recent channel crossing.

Last year I was on a high, loving my new found freedom and just enjoying the perks of being so fit and rested after 5 years of hard long training and hours and hours of relatively boring sessions in a usually overheated swimming pool. Nearer the end of last year I started losing that incredible fitness and the...

When I swam ashore at Makapu beach, I was surprised to see a local TV crew waiting for me. I had done this swim to create awareness of the importance of eliminating the use of single use plastic so the crew did a short interview with me after the swim which was aired on the local news that night.

My boyfriend, Andries, his sister (Juanita), Linda and her friend, Jane and my brother’s friend Michelle were all on the beach at the finish with leis (Hawaiian garlands) and hugs to congratulate me and my team on the swim. We piled into Linda’s truck and headed to fetch our stuff from the...

The sand is so warm and Sarah and I lie down and soak up the final rays of sun trying to calm the nerves and not think too much about what lies before us. John busies himself prepping our dinner and what we need to get ready for the start. Sunset is beautiful. Once it gets dark we head up to the pool area to get out of the wind and find some light. I force down my pre-swim meal of Ensure, Pronutro and a boiled egg.

The boat captain Ivan had originally suggested a 7 or 8pm start. It is now 9pm. John is convinced we should delay the start because of the wind predictions. We spend some...

Pages