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    St Francis Bay - The Canals

    by paradisedreamer Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    At St Francis there are lots of canals and the houses are built close to the water with private jettys. Most canals are narrower than this one. This picture was taken from a very good Greek restaurant (can't remember the name though!).

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    St Francis Bay (1)

    by paradisedreamer Updated Jul 29, 2003

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    The bay is huge and great for beachwalks. The sea (atlantic) can sometimes be very cold so it is not always suitable for swimming. December is the main month that South Africans go on holiday so it can get very busy at this time.

    View towards the port

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    Street Cafe - Steynsburg Church - Hofmeyr
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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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    The garden route

    by Alain_Smeets Written Jun 13, 2003

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    It seems that you can have incredible views when you drive the garden route. But what we saw was mist and the Storm River and some rocks on the road.

    Do I have to say that's was raining.

    But when the weather is nice, the scenery has to be beautiful.

    The Storm River (photo Thieu)

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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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    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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    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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    Butterworth

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Butterworth, also known as Gcuwa, is a town in the Amathole District Municipality and is the principle town of the Mbashe Municipality, (Population in 2001 253281). The town is named after the Mbashe River, (also known as the Bashee River), one of the great streams that runs from the Drakenberg Mountains to the Wild Coast. Butterworth was originally the seat of the local magistrate but is now a major trading centre along the N2 highway.

    Butterworth has several places of interest around the town, including several sites associated with the wars of Resistance. Near to the town the Mbashe River undergoes some very convoluted meanders and turns on itself. This area is known as the “Collywobbles”, and is a breathtaking natural formation. The Collywobbles also is a redoubt for the endangered Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), and a bird hide has been erected by the Amathole District Municipality to view this colony without disturbing it. Also in the vicinity is the magnificent Bawa falls. Butterworth is also en route to the southern Wild Coast resorts and the Dwesa Cebe nature reserves.

    The Transkei
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    Addo

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 3, 2005

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    Addo is best known for its proximity to the main entrance of the main entrance of the Greater Addo National Park. Addo is a small town in the Sundays River Valley and is surrounded by orange orchards and game reserves. The Sundays River Valley was originally a dry and desolate place, known only for the amount of game in the area. After the First World War the South African statesman and author, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, conceived an idea of bringing British officers who had served in the trenches to the valley to encourage them to grow citrus. The scheme had a long birth due to the arid nature of the valley, but in the 1930s, after the erection of the Darlington Dam irrigation scheme, the area grew to be one of the most successful and innovative schemes in the country.

    Elephants in Addo
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    Aliwal North

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 3, 2005

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    The main centre in the Maletswai Municipality (pop in 2002 37 278). This town was founded in 1849 after the Cape Colony extended its borders to include this area after many requests from the Chief Magistrate in nearby Burgersdorp, Mr. JC Chase. The site was chosen was because the area was opposite the ford over the Orange River known as Voortrekkers Drift. The town was named after the site of Sir Harry Smith’s victory over Sikh forces in India. There is no Aliwal South, but at the time Mossel Bay was known by that name.

    After a series of lovely arched sandstone bridges had been built over the various rivers and streams, Aliwal North flourished to become the main centre over a vast area of that was mostly devoted to sheep farming. Many of these bridges such as the Sauer Bridge over the Kraai River still stand. During the Second Anglo Boer War the town was occupied by Boer forces, and later the surrounding countryside became the scene of major guerilla activity, with many battles and skirmishes taking place. Two large concentration camps, one to intern Boer civilians and one for black civilians were established. The site of the black concentration camp is now the suburb of Dukathole. There is a Garden of Remembrance to the 720 Boer women and children who died in the Boer camp which is on the outskirts of the southern part of the town. The British forces also erected a series of blockhouses two of which still stand. A Garden of Remembrance has been next to one blockhouse where the British and Colonial troops who were killed in action or died while on active service in the area are interred. The names of 138 troops are mentioned on the main monument.

    Balmoral Guest House - Aliwal North
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    Berlin

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Berlin is in the Buffalo City Municipality and is 20 kms from King William’s Town. It was one of the first towns in Africa to be founded by people of German origin. It was named after the Capital of Germany. In that year, in order to consolidate the gains made by the Cape after the War of Mlanjeni, Many immigrants were brought out by the Anglo German Legion under Count C.A. von Lilienstien and Lt Col von Hacke. It was the first massed settlement of German speaking people on the African continent. Two of the original cottage erected by the German settlers still stands in the Village near the adjoining area of Charlottenberg, Von Ronnow House and Mosers cottage.

    The plains of the Eastern Cape coastal region
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