Having already done the Garden Route two years ago we decided to take the Route 62 and have a look at the Karoo. It was a good decision, we liked it a lot. Beautiful scenery
lots of ostriches
lovely green valleys with fruit plantations, flowers and good food
We slept at a fantastic B&B in Oudtshorn, where we also had a very good filet steak enjoying the warm evening under a starry sky. Isn't it romantic?
The next day down, down, down it went, after all we had to return to sea level Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River Mouth Camp.
Even if I had booked ages ahead I had not been able to get one of the cabins ON the sea for our three nights, so the first night we spent “on the other side of the road” with the back wall almost touching the hill and the humidity had given the place a thoroughly bad smell, that no open window will ever be able to chase away and the whole place needed an overhaul. Nice view though (slightly zoomed).
(Next day we moved into the one where you can see the path dividing the cabins)
We took a walk to the restaurant/shop/beach area
View from the restaurant deck
The other side
A red-winged starling
I was happy to leave the “first night” cabin the next morning. A very kind housekeeper allowed us to move into the cabin on the seaside even if the cleaning was still going on in the kitchen. The former occupant had left a heap of dirty plates, pans etc. even if it is written all over, that the staff are not supposed to do any dish washing
and then some of us wonder why the world is changing...for the worse
“The rules are not for me only for the others and who cares anyway, I will have left when they come and clean this place”.
and she had two little girls. I wonder how they will behave when they grow up
No, not true! I do not wonder, I know!!
Basta! Lets return to something pleasant
The cabin on the sea was much nicer
Open space and a bigger bathroom in which was missing like in so many bathrooms in Sanparks and not only, pegs/hangers for the towels and a shelf for toiletries
(I have told them
Our first visitor on the lawn in front of the balcony
The weather was rather cloudy, but we decided to go for the walk to the suspended bridges. The fotos would have been better with sunshine, but who am I to discuss with the weather gods...they have had their reasons
The walk starts just behind the restaurant, climbing upwards where you can see the lady coming down
And you arrive at a nice little waterfall
It is a very “civilized” walk
with benches here and there for tired old folks to sit down to regain their breath, we saw quite a few of the species...
The view(s) were lovely
As I said the sun is missing
I cannot resist when I see nice flowers
An old sulky chap watching
And then the first sight on two of the bridges from above
The third one
what a pity that there was no sun
A little something growing on a rock...and surviving
Voilà! Storms River Mouth!!
The river taken from the bridge
The ever present white-breasted cormorants
We sat down on the rocks to have a bite while people came and went
The view from the third (newest) bridge towards the river mouth
It is not really a round trip. Returning after having crossed the two new bridges you climb and come out not really very far from the down climb to the river mouth bridge. On this piece a family of dassies
A poor tree suffering from a very bad athritis with complications
Some kind of succulent plants
A kind of daisy
Back at the beach
!!! Still somebody awake? I know this was not very entertaining, but I wanted it to be informative and to illustrate what it looks like, to those who have not been to Storms River Mouth ..........and the next day will probably (depending on my mood
) not be very different . It is such a great place if you love the sea and there are many activities ( and many day visitors
The food of the restaurant has been described elsewhere...... in the complaints etc. forum
The shop had lots of good taste (expensive ) souvenir, but not much in the way of supplies. As we had no intention to return to the restaurant we had toasted sandwiches on our deck with the sound of the sea and the seagulls which was 10000 times better than the experience of the evening before
To follow......the next day, what else?