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Oct 11, 2011 - What day is it today??

Today we head off to a place we have no clue how to pronounce so we dubbed it TS - Tsitsikama National Park. But we thought we'd make a detour via Jeffery's Bay, home of some of the biggest waves and one of the pro surfing sites. Today was over cast, raining and cold.. in other words miserable. We found the Billabong head quarters, they virtually own the whole street! On one side is the shop on the other is the factory outlet and next door was a new building being built to house an even bigger factory outlet.. way to go Billabong! Karen...

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May 29, 2009 - Tsitsikamma National Park

Absolutely spectacular! We had booked a hut within the park and were thrilled to find that it was on one of the most beautiful and wild stretches of coast we'd ever seen. This has got to be the most beautiful camp ever! We heard the roar of the ocean all night and could even glimpse a peek of the spray through our window. Those in tents or caravans were literally next to the spray with only rocks between them and the sea. We spent a few days doing some easy hiking and drinking-in the beauty. While the sea was too rough to do any kayaking,...

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Jan 9, 2009 - Jumping off Bloukrans Bridge - Putting a lot of faith in a lot of elastic

We left Wilderness in the morning, driving east along the N2. We were now out of the Garden Route and into the area known as the Eastern Cape. Here the mountains seem to come right down to the coast, separated from each other by deep valleys with streams and winding rivers that empty out into the ocean. High, long bridges traverse these divides, the highest and longest of which is the Bloukrans Bridge. The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters high and 452 meters long. It is the highest road bridge in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Tsitsikamma Mountains & Rob's Bungy

We then spent a night at the Tsitsikamma Village In which seemed more like a little village itself. Each cluster of rooms was meant to look like a building facing the town square. It was really cute. Next we drove through the Tsitsikamma mountain range where Rob decided to jump off a bridge... literally. He and Hank (one of the other travelers) made the decision to take the plunge off the world`s highest bungy jump - over 216 metres high. Nothing I can say compares to the photos and video, so check it out...

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Mar 5, 2008 - Tsitsikamma NP

Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park A short driving day today. We returned to the Knysna waterfront before leaving. I uploaded all photos to date as we had a good internet connection. Sally and a couple of other supershoppers spent money while I uploaded. The drive to Tsitsikamma was through wooded areas. Lots of blooming heather along the roadways, but light rain was falling so photos didn't come out well. Also we had lots of wind as we have come to expect along the coast. Arriving at Tsitsikamma we found a gorgeous rocky seashore with...

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Oct 18, 2007 - Plettenberg Bay und Tsitsikamma National Park

Unsere Behausung diese Nacht war eher von der teuren Sorte; das zahlte sich dann wenigstens beim Zmorge aus. Das Wetter wiederum war ziemlich trostlos bei Nieselregen und etwa 18 Grad. Deshalb nahmen wir es etwas ruhiger und versuchten Whale Watching zu machen, die Tour wurde jedoch leider abgesagt. Dafür haben wir für morgen früh einen Platz reserviert und hoffen die letzten noch verbliebenen Wale in der Bucht hier beobachten zu können. Spätestens nächste Woche ziehen diese scheinbar weiter, hoffen wir das Beste. Als Alternativprogramm...

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Nov 23, 2006 - A Hike Along The Coast - The Otter Trail

On a whim, I happened to call the South African Nat'l Parks to inquire about this one particular hiking trail - the Otter Trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park. This is apparently one of the best hikes in South Africa. The 5-day, 4-night hike tracks a beautiful stretch of coast and only allows 12 people at a time on the trail. When I called on the 21st, I asked when the next opportunity for a single hiking would be. the answer - Thursday, November 23 and January 20. I took Nov. 23rd. It was a great hike to say the least. The 42k (22 miles)...

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Reilly on the Road

Aug 2, 2006 - cold and rainy

We've been sitting around all morning watching TV because of the weather. It's been pouring rain since yesterday and is actually worse today. We're still not sure if the bus will be taking us to Storms River later today because some of the roads are closed due to flooding. I've already marked the map there for today however! Yesterday and today I've spent a lot of time online, trying to get our hostel bookings completed through the 19th since we'll be leaving from Jo'Burg on the 20th for Botswana (with Aziz's parents). Well, back to watching...

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May 23, 2006 - Storms River Mouth

We left Knynsa around 11 a.m. to continue a little further east, to go to Storms River Mouth. On the way saw a lot of baboons along the highway, and even in the road. One was a mother carrying her baby underneath her. Evidently they gather along the roads hoping to get fed, but that is heavily discouraged. Dave said to not roll down the windows to take a picture because they would grab the camera right out of your hand. We passed through the Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning "Place of Many Waters"), where we...

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Apr 22, 2006 - Arrival in Plettenberg Bay

Plett is lovely - really pretty area on the Garden Route. Haven't been surfing yet but that's because I know there are Great Whites in the area! although it doesn't seem to put off some of the locals. On my first day at the centre for dolphin research (CDS) we went out in a boat and saw loads of dolphins - I've never seen so many - it was amazing. But due to a rather large swell I did start to feel a tiny bit sea sick while we were stopped in the surf zone! We also went over to look at a seal colony from the boat and the next day the other...

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Apr 1, 2006 - Tsitsikamma

As the traffic continued to pour into Oudtshoorn for the week long festival, we gladly headed the other way. It looked like it was going to be another sunny 90 degree day, but as we came to a valley, a fog bank appeared and we drove into it. The temperature plummeted and the gorgeous scenery disappeared. This was our day to drive the famous Garden Route. I guess my jet lag is still worse than I thought. Even though I had reread the guide book I was expecting to see gardens on the Garden Route. Silly me. The term stems from the fact that...

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Feb 26, 2006 - Road Trip Reality Check

Our South African road trip marks the longest period of time (one month) we would have been on the move with the whole family without any consistent structure or routine. This mode of travel has proven challenging while at the same time offering us huge rewards. CHALLENGES Initially the biggest challenge was logistics. How do we pack enough clothes, books, electronics, food, etc for all five of us without overloading the car? Jodi used her magic to pack enough full bags of stuff to be squeezed into our trunk with little room to spare (we...

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