Sunday, May 15, 2016

Garden Route

We left Chobe via the Kasane airport, flying to Johannesburg and then onto Port Elizabeth, on the sourthern coast of South Africa. From there, we began our driving tour of the Garden Route, a journey through seaside towns from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape and eventually Cape Town. We rented a car and enjoyed driving (or riding) on the left side of the road.

We stopped along the coast to appreciate the views. 

Not getting in that water. It's all sharks.

We stopped in Jeffrey's Bay for seafood lunch on the beach.

Claire and Brian tried the water (but not too far in, because it's all sharks).

I enjoyed my first Springbok - a drink with Amarula Cream and Creme de Menthe. It tasted exactly like an Andes Mint.

Cows roam freely in the town.

This was our first look at varying housing conditions.

The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma disappointed this Californian. 

We enjoyed the view of the Knysa River from the breakfast room in our hotel in Knysna.

We passed ostrich farms.

We stayed in the seaside town of Hermanus one night.

In Betty's Bay we delighted in the antics of an African Penguin colony.

The drive to Cape Point was stunning.

We stopped in Simon's Town for lunch.

And encountered this hilarious sign.

We walked up to the lighthouse on Cape Point.

Sadly, this lighthouse turned out not to be very useful because it is so frequently shrouded in fog.

After figuring out that the first lighthouse was getting the job done, they built a new one closer to the water, further out on Dias Point. It's still active today.

Can you spot Brian?

The view east across False Bay, so called because sailors coming from the east would confuse it with Table Bay further northwest, where Cape Town is.

A sign post next to the old lighthouse.

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