Many people ask what naturists do when at a naturist resort. I do not know what they imagine or expect, but the reality is probably less mucky than what their imagination can think about. To dispel any myth around naturism, here’s my recent week-end at SunEden, a South African naturist resort, affiliated to the South Africa National Naturist Association, situated approximately one hour North of Johannesburg, in the middle of the bush.
Nakedness starts where the motorway ends
After around 40 minutes of driving on the motorway from Joburg starts the gravel road that leads to SunEden. For me, this is the signal of nakedness. Five hundred meters away from the last remnant of civilization, I stop the car, and throw my clothes away for a 20-minute naked drive. I was waiting for this moment for a while and every minute spent naked counts! Last right turn and here I am in front of the gate, calling Maria. Sesame opens!
After chitchatting for a couple of minutes with Maria, I am unlocking the door of my chalet, a simple one-bedroom little house, with an outside kitchen and a piece of garden. As I was arriving mid-day, it was perfect time to get a light lunch. But before, I went for a walk around the vast domain. With 35 hectares of land, and dozens of antelopes walking around freely, SunEden is a natural heaven. It had rained over the last couple of days, and the track is muddy in some places. Putting my barefoot in the mud is a wonderful sensation that drives me back to my natural human roots.
As I walk, a light wind makes the temperature ideal to be naked. It’s just a wonderful time. Two springboks are lying next to the track, looking at me, but frightened as I come closer. Off they go. I continue walking around for the next 30 minutes, covering most of the domain in a stress less hike. As the sun comes sometimes out of the clouds, I start to sweat and find the swimming pool very appealing. Due to the cloud cover, I’m the only swimmer. The water is delicious and cool down my entire body. But, I’m starting to be hungry and it’s time for lunch!
Getting healthy and happy
I am getting a salad and a sumptuous avocado. The perfect light lunch to recover after a busy week. Finishing lunch, I make a good coffee and grab a magazine for a relaxing moment. However, the sun has decided to be more generous than expected and I realize I’ve forgotten a cap. No issue. I take my wallet and head to the shop, the Kraaines, where Maria greets me. I get a brand new cap, we talk a little about the weather and the much needed rain, then go back to my chalet to start working on this article. With a wonderful sun, birds chirping and insects flying around, ideas flow through my fingers as I type them. All is condensed in those moments where, naked, you feel so well that you do not need much but this simple freedom.
It’s now time to go back to my novel. I need to finish it. It has been a long winding story and I really need to get to the bottom of it! Let’s go, I’m in the right mood! While I was working on a new chapter, the marketing manager of the resort comes to have a quick chat with me. He wants to know if everything’s OK, invite me at having a beer in the evening and goes his way after a brief chitchat. A wonderful chap, like many naturists. After some pages written, a nice tea and biscuits, the sun is slowly going down, time to go for a beer with other SunEden residents at the bar. Going back to my chalet, feeling sleepy, I took a quick shower, have a light dinner and hit the sack for a long peaceful night.
Early birds chirping wake me up gently. It’s dawn and I feel great. I make my first cup of warm tea and go wandering outside. Time for some action. Grabbing my running shoes, I go for my morning jogging around SunEden. After 40 minutes and some gym movements, I grab a towel and head for the swimming pool to break my sweat. Water around my body is the most wonderful feeling ever. I am now ready for a breakfast under the rising sun. With an unfinished coffee, I open my laptop to continue writing this post. Plans for morning? Reading, working on my tan, writing, chatting with residents and who knows?
No clothes, only smiles
Just before lunch, as the weather gets warmer, I go to the swimming pool. There, while I am reading and relaxing on a lounge chair, Burt, a resident comes for a chat. We talk about each other for a while, he says he came four times and decided to purchase a house there. I am a bit jealous as he made a choice I cannot make right now. But I know deep inside that this time will come. I explain how I came to know SunEden and how it became a relaxing retreat during my hectic schedules. We chat like old friends, although we did not know each other five minutes before, and all that in complete nakedness, not even actually thinking about it, but smiling all the time.
The wonderful characteristic of naturists is their smile. As we look at each other in the eyes, smiling becomes natural. You meet smiling people, happy as they are. And no, it is not the holiday effect, most people at SunEden when I am there are not on holiday. They are working people, just coming for a naturist weekend, spending good naked time with friends, enjoying nature sans clothes. Because, one of the key benefits of naturism in places like SunEden is nature.
You are surrounded by nature, trees, animals, birds. You have modern comfort, and no unnecessary luxury. And as you are not wearing anything, no clothes to take care off. Just getting naked and enjoying life, doing what you like best, whether it’s reading, swimming, walking or just chilling with friends. So this is it, after a relaxing week-end, it was time to say goodbye, to get some clothes on to go back to the textile world, but with wonderful memories and a new found energy!
Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!