|Tuesday 16th October - South Africa - Oudsthoorn
In common with soooo many other places weve visited we should stay much longer than just one night in Tsitsikamma. South Africa is a lot more developed than most other African countries and one consequence of this is tourist infrastructure. There are many tourist information offices, numerous leaflets advertising places to stay, lots of imaginative people coming up with imaginative ways to get tourists to spend money. In Tsitsikamma National Park you can do gorge walking, zip-line canopy tours, canopy boardwalk tours, bird watching walks, boat trips, horse rides, bungee jumps etc. etc. Im sure most of these activities are great (although Id give the bungee a miss personally) but today we did none of them. We simply spent the whole morning guddling about on the shore. The weather was warm, clear and sunny, the best weather weve had for a while so it was perfect for watching waves, looking for shells and exploring rock pools. We would have walked to the suspension bridge over Storms River where it meets the sea, but unfortunately the bridge was closed due to fire damage.
We left Storms River Mouth in the late morning and drove along the coast. The road crosses over many deep gorges, each of them a wonder in itself. For lunch we stopped at Plettenburg Bay and ate at The Lookout right next to the amazing beach. After lunch we drove straight through Knysna without stopping, realising that we probably should stop. Knysna is another highly recommended place that we didnt do justice to.
At George we turned away from the sea and up into the mountains. The drive was very scenic as we climbed up and up to Oudsthoorn. We booked into the Klein Plas campsite, a very good, clean place with a swimming pool, swings and ducks all good entertainment for the kids.