After a short layover in Johannesburg, chill out at Kaapsehoop guest farm, the initial shock after entering true wilderness of Kruger National Park, understanding what the REAL darkness is on the way back from Blyde River Canyon, having a look at the world from 3.000 meters above in the Drakensberg, surfing at the Wild Cost and seeing a migration of over 70 elephants from up close in Addo Elephant National Park we were getting close to our final destination: Cape Town, from where we were supposed to catch a plane back to JHB.
Our route guided us, among others, through:
- Tsitsikamma National Park: I didn’t manage to jump from the world’s highest bungee bridge due to insanely long waiting times – one more reason to come back to SA
- Nature’s Valley: well worth a detour from the main road. At a river’s delta we found a deserted beach, probably more popular during the whale watching season, which combined with the perfect weather we got created a truly idyllic scene
- Knysna: one of our all-SA favourites. With its mouth-watering seafood and a charming pier, it makes for a perfect place for a longer sojourn – which we unfortunately couldn’t do due to previously booked accommodation elsewhere.
- Wilderness & Victoria Bay: lots of surfers, lots of fishermen, lots of ice-creams.
- George & Mossel Bay: probably a bit overrated if you compare them with some of the surrounding places, however they will surprise you with some cosy restaurants and nice seaside paths. In addition, when driving alongside the cost you get to see some scenes to remember – especially if you’re a passenger, as the driver might want to stay somewhat focused on the long and winding road, as the Beatles sang
- Still Bay: we stayed there for two nights but it’s definitely not recommended in off-season. We found surfing schools closed, the local nature reserve highly under-whelming and restaurants… don’t ask. Just choose a different destination if you’re not into self-catering.
- Agulhas National Park: yes, it’s the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Worth checking out but don’t expect to have plenty to do there.
And then we went further north, to Muizenberg and Cape Town. To be continued.