We said goodbye to Johannesburg and boarded our flight to Port Elizabeth, the start point for our drive on the Garden Route. This is a portion of the highway which basically parallels the coast of the Indian Ocean towards Cape Town. It is very beautiful with mountains thrusting up to our north and the ocean crashing in to the south as we drove in our rented Audi A4 to our first stop, Plettensburg Bay.
We found our accomodations on Robburg Beach and were delighted to find ourselves at a quaint beach house with access to a woderful beach just across the road. We spent some time just soaking in the beach atmosphere, and Paul had an opportunity to dip his feet in the Indian ocean. The last time he had done so was 20 years ago, in Indonesia.
The following day we backtracked a little and went to a national park, Tsitsikamma which is the largest existing indiginous forest area in South Africa.
We went for a hike to a suspension bridge which spans the Storms River estuary. The coast is riddled wih very deep gorges with lovely rivers running through them. This area was beautiful and the walk was very pleasant, if somewhat busy.
After a short break we decided to tackle another hike which took us through the forest and where we were able to see some of the trees which are native to the area. There was quite a climb up at the beginning, which was strenuous, but it soon leveled off and gave us a nice shady walk on a very hot day.