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    Tsitsikamma National Park (area 1)

    by PierreZA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This Park, about 180km from PE, is one of the most beautiful Parks in the country. It is in the Garden Route, between Stormsriver and Bloukrans.
    There are many different adventure activities, hiking trails etc. It is only a few minutes drive to Bloukrans, where you can do the highest bungy jump in the world.
    It is important to book in advance, as it is very popular, especially during December.
    For more details, see my page on the Tsitsikamma National Park.

    Suspension Bridge - Stormsriver mouth
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    Tsitsikamma Park: a suspension bridge and the walk

    by Alain_Smeets Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We visited Tsitsikamma Park when we did the garden route from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth. We were lucky that we could do the walk between the rain showers.

    When you only have a few hours or less time do the walk towards the suspension bridge over the Storm River. It's a good chance to stretch your legs and the landscapes are good.

    The trail starts just behind the restaurant and the first thing you see is a small waterfall coming down from the rocks. And from there on the track starts. Most of it is on a wooden log floor.

    During the trail you get some glimpse of the suspension bridge and when you arrive at this bridge, you probably can see why they call this the Storm River.

    When you want to know more, see my Tsitsikamma Nasionale Park travelogue: A short walk towards the suspension bridge

    But there is also the option to book accommodation or go on a 5 day hike, for more details for these and other activities check their website.

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    The suspension bridge at Tsitsikamma Park (Thieu)

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    Road Trip – “Intro to the Garden Route” (Area 1)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    PE → Jeffrey’s Bay → Tsitsikamma National Park → Bloukrans →Onwards to the Western Cape
    Take the N2 (direction Cape Town), and make your first stop in Jeffrey’s Bay (only about 75km). Stays overnight in this lovely coastal town and do enjoy the great waves and shopping.
    Continue along the N2 to Stormsriver, where you can have a look at the “Big Tree”; a very old yellow wood tree, worth visiting.
    Drive on to the Tsitsikamma National Park where you should try and stay at least a few nights. There is a lot to do and enjoy.
    A few kilometres from Tsitsikamma, you will reach Bloukrans Bridge, where you can test your bravery and do the very high bungee.
    From Bloukrans, you enter the Western Cape and continue with the Garden Route towards Plettenbergbay, Knysna, George etc.

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    Round Trip – “Close to Nature” (Areas 1 & 3)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    PE → Baviaanskloof → Zuurberg → Addo Elephant National Park → PE
    Leave PE on the N2 (direction Cape Town). After crossing Van Stadens Bridge, look out for the sign directing you to Baviaanskloof. Try and stay over for a night or two. After driving through the Baviaanskloof, drive to Addo Elephant Park, via Steytlerville and Kirkwood. Do stay at least one night at the Addo Park. During this time, visit the Zuurberg National Park (which is now part of the Addo Park). Then return to PE.

    Old houses - PE Elephants - Addo
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    Gariep Dam (area 4)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    The Gariep Dam is on the border of the Eastern Cape and the Free State. It is a very big dam, with a road on the dam wall. It is especially nice to see when it is very full and water outlets are opened. There is also a very nice resort at the dam, with good facilities where you can stay overnight, especially if you are taking a road trip from up North to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.
    The dam is easy accessible from the N1.

    Old bridge - Gariep

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    Steynsburg & Hofmeyr (area 4)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    These two Karoo towns (on the R390) are very small and a bit off the beaten track. I usually drive through if I take the alternative route from Cradock to Bloemfontein. It is mostly sheep farming areas. The towns don’t have much to offer, but one could say that it is very typical of what we would call a “plattelandse dorpie”, which means a small town in the rural area.
    Hofmeyr does have some nice old buildings.

    http://www.routes.co.za/ec/steynsburg/index.html
    http://www.routes.co.za/ec/hofmeyr/index.html

    Street Cafe - Steynsburg Church - Hofmeyr
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    Cradock (area 4)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    One of the bigger towns in this area. The church (1868) on the Market Square is said to be built in the style of St-Martins-in –the-Field in London.
    Although I did not have the opportunity to visit the Mountain Zebra National Park, it is one of the things to do in this area.
    It is worth spending a few hours in this town, as it has quite a rich history.

    Church - Cradock
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    Hogsback (area 4)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    A very small town high in the mountains of the Eastern Cape. It is a very small town, but beautiful surroundings. There are many waterfalls (like the Madonna & Child) and hiking trails, in and around the forests.
    Accommodation is available if you want to stay over, which is recommended, as there is enough to do for a few days.
    To get there, take the N2 (Grahamstown), after passing through Grahamstown you will find signs towards Alice, follow those and you will get signs directing you to Hogsback.
    For more info, the following website is very helpful.

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    Baviaanskloof National Park (Areas 1 & 3)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    This is a very large and diverse area of conservation, now a National Park. Although I have seen people driving through with a normal passenger vehicle, it would say it is advisable to use a vehicle with a high clearance, and differential lick (2x4) option. It is not necessary to have a 4x4.
    It is an absolutely beautiful wilderness area. The vegetation is varied, beautiful mountains and streams. You will definitely get to see the baboons that the area is known for.
    There are facilities to stay overnight – and I would recommend that. You do feel completely removed from civilization, no noise etc. When we last visited, it was out of season, almost no other visitors, which was a fantastic experience.

    Flora - Baviaanskloof
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    Bungy Jumping - Bloukrans (Area 1)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    The Bloukrans Bridge spans an amazing gorge.
    Bloukrans is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump - 216 !
    It is just before the tollgate, where you enter the province of the Western Cape.
    It is possible to go there on a daytrip from PE.
    Even if you don't do the jump - do go and watch!

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    Addo Elephant National Park (areas 2 & 4)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    The Addo Elephant Park is one of the National Parks of South Africa. It was initially proclaimed in 1913 to secure the survival of the elephants of this area. These elephants are a bit smaller than their family members in the rest of Africa and South Africa.
    I would recommend staying overnight, as the Park has very good accommodation available.
    The Park is now even more accessible if you travel from PE on the N2 (Grahamstown). There is a new part of he Park and a new gate. It is only about 40km from PE. This entrance is also less busy than the main gate.
    This is a very easy daytrip from PE, if you do not stay overnight.

    Elephant Bull
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    Jeffrey’s Bay (area 1)

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    J’Bay as it is often refer to, is small coastal town, but expanding very rapidly. It is a very popular holiday destination, especially during December holidays.
    Jeffrey’s is also known fro international surfing competitions, which is held annually.
    During the festive season the town has a lot to offer, eg places like Potters Place, where you can enjoy food and see some of South Africa’s local music talent.
    There is also Sea Shell Museum, which hosts a very good selection of shells.
    Jeffrey’s is only about 70km from PE, off the N2.

    J'Bay
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    Port Elizabeth

    by PierreZA Written Jan 11, 2008

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    Port Elizabeth is the biggest city in the Eastern Cape. Its history dates back to 1820 and the British Settlers.
    It is served by a good airport (domestic), and has good infrastructure.
    It is possible to use PE as a base and do many daytrips from her, eg Addo Elephant Park, Jeffrey’s Bay, Baviaanskloof, Tsitsikamma, Grahamstown etc. The city has also a lot to offer and is worth spending a few days.
    PE is also known as the friendly city (or windy city), and is the 5th biggest city in South Africa.
    For more detailed info on PE, you may visit my travel page on Port Elizabeth.
    The website listed is a very good site on PE.

    Port Elizabeth

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    Outeniqua Trail

    by Jenniflower Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    The Outeniqua Trail is a world-renowned trail that thousands of people from all over the world come to complete every year.

    It is an area of unsurpassed beauty, where you experience the touch of wildlife in a special way.

    Come prepared with bird books, binoculars, good walking boots, a hat, sun cream, swimming costume/trunks... good outdoor wear!

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    Outeniqua Choo Choo train

    by Jenniflower Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    The Outeniqua Choo Choo train is a highly enjoyable steam train, that we took from George to Knysna, and back, on our honeymoon :)

    The trip took over 2 hours, each way, and was thoroughly enjoyable!

    Our most memorable photo was everyone leaning out of the train window as we were going over the bridge at Victoria Bay... heading toward the tunnel, with the steam streaming behind the train :)

    A super trip in the area, enjoyable for adults and kids alike!

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