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Africa » South Africa October 8th 2015

08 October 2015 The plane landed at Johannesburg at 05.15 and after the taxi driver had some navigational difficulties we arrived at the Summer Gardens Guest House at about 7. Our accommodation turned out to be a collection of partly thatched buildings in African style. Fortunately our room which opened out onto the immaculately maintained gardens was immediately made available to us. The day was spent relaxing to get over our hectic time in Dubai and the overnight flight. We walked to the local shopping mall to discover that the cost of food and drink seems to be substantially less than the U.K.... read more
Our room

Africa » South Africa October 8th 2015

08 October 2015 The plane landed at Johannesburg at 05.15 and after the taxi driver had some navigational difficulties we arrived at the Summer Gardens Guest House at about 7. Our accommodation turned out to be a collection of partly thatched buildings in African style. Fortunately our room which opened out onto the immaculately maintained gardens was immediately made available to us. The day was spent relaxing to get over our hectic time in Dubai and the overnight flight. We walked to the local shopping mall to discover that the cost of food and drink seems to be substantially less than the U.K.... read more

Africa » South Africa October 6th 2015

It has been such an incredible journey in Africa! I have loved the amazing experiences we've got to enjoy. We are in Cape Town, South Africa, for our final visit. Yesterday we went with a guide and two honeymooners from Australia down to the southern cape and out into wine country. Today we spent the morning on Table Mountain and the afternoon touring the waterfront. This area is lovely! Highlights from yesterday were a crazy ostrich that thought his reflection in the car window was another male trying to enter his territory :), a visit to an incredible bay filled with cute, little penguins, incredible vistas where the oceans meet and a relaxing wine tasting visit (the guide struggled to get us back in the car on schedule). Today it was so nice to be on ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape October 4th 2015

I was keen to drive to Spitskop, a mountain we had driven up on our honeymoon. This high point is located in the midst of the expansive Knysna Forest, where elephants once roamed. We drove through Knysna but missed the turn we needed as it wasn't sign-posted. As we drove we remembered that the first part had gone through Knysna's township so we turned back. I think the township must have grown considerably in the past two years as I don't remember it being either so big or so close to the road. We slowly wound our way through the township, stuck behind a taxi. At the edge of the township, to our relief, we managed to overtake the taxi and started to get flashes of recognition of the road. The route was rougher than I ... read more
Parking at the Top
The View from Spitskop
Spitskop Flowers

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas October 3rd 2015

Gemütliche Abfahrt, leider bei bedecktem Himmel, 11 Grad. Dann ein Pass. Nieselregen, kalt, Diesel auf der Fahrbahn in den Kurven. Aber bald hörte es auf, zu regnen, es wurde trocken und wärmer es begann eine schöne Fahrt durch riesige Weizenfelder. Napier, eine kleine, nette Stadt. Dann merkte man den Einfluss des Meeres - Vegetation wurde spärlicher, Gebüsch, kein Anbau mehr, stehendes Wasser in Senken, wir kamen zum Indischen Ozean. Am Kap Agulhas treffen sich der kalte, sauerstoffreiche, nährstoffreiche Atlantik (artenarm, individuenreich) und der Indische Ozean (warm, nährstoffarm, artenreich, individuenarm). Riesige Brecher, Schiffswraks, wildes Meer! Die ganze Gegend ist voller Ferienhäuser, die jetzt fast alle leer sind. Die Vorhänge zugezogen, die Einfahrt (groß genug für einen Schulparkplatz) leer. Schilder von Security Diensten. Es gab eine ganze Rei... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town October 1st 2015

There was a festival I did know about before coming over to SA called Rocking the Daisies and had plans on running into a coworker from the Wurst. Andrea Fenno came over to do a bunch of volunteer work as well as hitting up that festie. I needed a ticket so I jumped on the web and saw an ad posted for a ticket cheaper than ive seen before AND in Stellenbosch to boot! I went to meet the guy and we had a beer. He said we should go hang out later with his friends and when he arrived to pick me up out walks another guy I had already met before!!! SMALL WORLD!!!! The festival was amazing and I met a total of 13 people that I actually knew. Way too weird…im not from ... read more
guest farm guenivere
just one pic of the village...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Prince Albert September 28th 2015

We woke in Boutique Backpackers having not slept particularly well. We were keen to get moving so we quickly packed and were on our way. We wandered down the street and went into the quaint gift shops. After about an hour we decided we had to be on our way. We got in the car and joined the queue of traffic to leave the town. We were puzzled that there was so much traffic but it turned out a lorry had shed its load and it would take three hours to clean up. Farm Road Not wanting to waste three hours of our day sitting in the car parked outside an ostrich farm at the exit of a tiny town we decided we'd find an alternative route. We turned back towards Oudtshoorn and just outside De ... read more
The Farm Track to Cango Caves
Die Top
Swartberg Pass

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » De Rust September 27th 2015

Sharon and Gandalf had to return to Cape Town and were getting a lift with Nathan, who had gone to visit his family in Oudtshoorn, so we dropped them off there. We didn't want to miss the opportunity to see the area so we decided we would book into a place to stay overnight. Unfortunately we weren't feeling too well so our time away was accompanied by headaches and dizziness, however we still had some adventures: Cango Caves About 30km out of Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves are truly a natural wonder, were inhabited by man 80,000 years ago and have been a big tourist attraction in the area since the 17th century. The entrance fee for the one-hour Heritage Tour is R85 (~£4.25) and is worth every cent. The entire route is lit, though the lights ... read more
Cango Caves
Cango Caves
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Wilderness September 26th 2015

I suspect that the reason most people stay in Sedgefield is not for the town itself but it's surrounding area. Sandwiched as it is between the Coast on one side and mountains and forest on the other, it is a great base to explore the beauty of nature. We have taken a few trips so far to visit local beauty spots and I have loved getting to know the area. Hopefully this account which blends these trips will give an idea of the beauty of the area. Swartvlei If you head towards George on the N2 you will pass Timberlake, a small complex of gift shops and cafés. It is worth stopping for a cup of coffee, and free wifi, but there isn't much there to detain you. Not far beyond Timberland is a turn off ... read more
The Karatara River
Drosera - Carniverous Plants
Karatara

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Sedgefield September 25th 2015

We have been in Sedgefield for a whole week so it's probably time for me to tell you about it. The town trumpets itself as "Africa's first slow town". This might be an accolade appreciated by the local tortoises but I'm not sure it's the best way of marketing to tourists. Sedgefield occupies a beautiful position on the Garden Route, very close to Knysna. Unlike it's more bustling neighbour, Sedgefield has a more relaxed pace of life. Looking at the people in the supermarket sometimes you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a retirement community. The truth is that Sedgefield is actually a very popular destination with people of all ages. There are certainly plenty of young families around. The beach is a wide open expanse of sand and the waves rolling in are ... read more
Sedgefield Lagoon
"The Slow Town"
Sunset at the Lagoon




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