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January 27th 2020
Published: January 30th 2020
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Hermanus to Port Elizabeth via the Garden Route. Little Stormsriver was too small to make the map.
After a busy week in Hermanus with relatives Gaye and Jonathan we took a leisurely 10 day road trip along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.

Parts of the landscape reminded us of Australia: lots of eucalyptus trees, sheep, dry and dusty.

The coastal vistas were spectacular.

Panoramas:

1. Looking to Hermanus and the Atlantic.

2. Knysna, looking to the Indian Ocean.

3. Knysna Inlet and lagoon..

4. Storms River, Tsitsikamma Park.

5. Squid or”chokka” fleet. St. Francis.

6. Cape St. Francis light.

7. King’s Beach Port Elizabeth.




From here we fly on to Victoria Falls then Kenya and a 6 day safari.


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Gaye & Jonathan Gaye & Jonathan
Gaye & Jonathan

Hiking high above Hermanus.
Adder Ladder?Adder Ladder?
Adder Ladder?

One of the few deadly snakes here is the puff adder. We kept a cautious eye out and were happy to let Gaye & Jonathan lead the way. A neighbour has an electrified strip across his driveway to keep them out.
Model TModel T
Model T

Jonathan’s working Model T.
winery tourwinery tour
winery tour

Jonathan took us on a tour of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) wine valley behind Hermanus.
Abalone factoryAbalone factory
Abalone factory

Jonathan arranged a tour of this Hermanus factory where they raise the lucrative abalone. 700R is about $70, a can.
Abalone up closeAbalone up close
Abalone up close

How can you eat that!?
....well I did!....well I did!
....well I did!

Nicely disguised...one of the very few seafoods I had never tried. Not memorable. Give me an oyster any day.
Ostrich Ostrich
Ostrich

Apparently they are useful sheep guardians.
African penginsAfrican pengins
African pengins

Betty’s Bay, close to Hermanus.
Cape Agulhas LightCape Agulhas Light
Cape Agulhas Light

The most southerly point of the continent, not the Cape of Good Hope as I was taught in school.
First stop on the Garden RouteFirst stop on the Garden Route
First stop on the Garden Route

Very interesting old Boer community dating back to the 1700s. Declared itself a Republic when the magistrates in Cape Town couldn’t be bothered making the journey to solve problems. Officially the Garden Route starts in Mossel Bay and ends in Stormsriver, but we stretched it a bit.
Old MillOld Mill
Old Mill

Using a very limited flow of water and part of the extensive historical site.
Swellendam artifactsSwellendam artifacts
Swellendam artifacts

Left, a washing machine. Top, a tea cup with moustache protection! Bottom, instruments of persuasion used in the old jail.
Mossel BayMossel Bay
Mossel Bay

Another town with a long history. Bartholomew Diaz landed here in 1488 after rounding the Cape and became the first recorded European to sail to the east coast of Africa. Mossel Bay became a valuable port of call for water and fresh foods for subsequent spice traders who followed.


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