Tsitsikamma - Garden Route National Park
06.08.2017 20 °C
5 August 2017
It rained very heavily during the night and although it was still overcast the sun was trying to come through as I went to breakfast at 7.30am. At breakfast we picked up the packed lunches that Conrad had made and we were supposed to leave at 8.00am but a few people were very late and it was 8.20am when we finally departed. We are often a few minutes late in departing but Conrad had to say something about being 20 minutes late … just a gentle reminder that if they were late tomorrow morning they would miss their time slot for bungy jumping.
We drove about half an hour to the entrance to the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Once again we had to fill in an indemnity form before entering the park. In the park we had a couple of options: a difficult hike to a waterfall (part of the Otter Trail) or a walk along boardwalks to the suspension bridge at the at the mouth of the Storms River. Jude and I started straight away on the walk to the bridge. It was a beautiful walk through the forest but looking down on the crashing waves along the rugged coastline. The walk was only a couple of kilometres return and was quite easy but the boards were wet and a bit slippery and there were a lot of steps up and down along the way.
When we crossed the suspension bridge Jude continued up some steep steps to a lookout and I returned across the bridges – I knew there was one bridge across the river but was surprised to find out there are three suspension bridges. I was pleased that we had done the walk early because my return walk was all by myself and I really enjoyed walking through the forest and stopping to take lots of photos. The morning had been overcast and drizzly but now the sun shone brightly for some great photos. When I was almost finished I encountered large groups of people setting out for the bridge.
I wandered around and took photos of the crashing waves, had lunch, looked in the gift shop and had a coffee and cheesecake. The café was close to the rocks and a great place to watch the waves come in … the sea was very angry and there was some spectacular spray as the waves hit the rocks. I joined Jude, Conrad, Almon and JP as they had lunch in the café.
We left the park at 3.00pm and made a stop to photograph the deep chasm that the Storms River runs through before returning to our accommodation.
I thought we had to pay for internet but found out we get some for free so checked emails (manly deleted rubbish emails) before dinner at 7.00pm … pumpkin soup, a chicken and potato dish with salad. We have a kitchen and indoor eating area here, which is good because it’s been very wet.