Amazing views from stoeps

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Thank you all for the comments :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
umtali1 wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 6:05 pm So you have KTP booked for 2025 :dance: :dance: Have you been there before?
Lucky you were able to stop off at Papasmurfs. He’s often written about his creations :thumbs_up: . Very impressive :clap:
We were in KTP in January 2023 :D Papasmurfs creations are super impressive :clap: :clap:
Jan van Wyk wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 6:49 pm Wow.......amazing place and your images tell a beautiful story ...... :dance: :dance:
There are so many amazing places in SA :dance: :dance:
colbol wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:03 pm sunset video and pics real nice :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I love so much African sunrises and sunsets - so different than at home :D
Karin Mitton wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:33 pm In 3 visits I was only lucky once with a brief glimpse.
(I won't mention your reservation in paradise for 2025 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: )
We were already in 2018 lucky early in the morning :D
I hope you will have your bookings for 2025 in paradise :D
Meandering Mouse wrote: Tue Feb 27, 2024 7:48 am How wonderful to see Papa Smurf. 8)
BBJs are always special. There a lot in Addo.
It was so lovely to see Papa Smurf :D
BBJ is one of the animals who act so differently in Addo and Kruger. Like I have told, I learnt self driving in Addo and was then very surprised about several things in Kruger :lol:
Oumie wrote: Tue Feb 27, 2024 11:35 am Lovely stay and the parks so far :D
Luckily some other lovely views to come :D
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Wednesday January 24th, 2024

The sounds of the sea keep us sleeping so well until 6 a.m. It was 16° outdoors with beautiful sunrise colours :D
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We had some breakfast - coffee / tea, yogurt and juice. At seven were ready with enough drinks - so I thought :roll: - to the suspencion bridge walk. We had jackets on - the wind from sea was chilly. There was a fire in September 2020, when the Park Shop was burnt. Now it's located in the former accommadation unit #1
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The new complex, where will be restaurant(s), shop, activities
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Temporary restaurant had issues with storm - nowadays temp restaurant is made of seacontainers
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One have to get around the building construction to get to the trail
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The trail starts with a small waterfall :D
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There are stairs on the trail
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We enjoyed beautiful flowers while walking
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White-brested cormorants
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Jackets were off in my back bag. We had to think, how much water we are drinking. The first glimpse of the bridges
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After that point, I recommend all to take the right hand side road. Not the left one, which we took. Stairs on that trail were more like ladders
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Luckily we were early birds. We saw two other couples in first 50 minutes and on the return trip several more. We had once made the trail same time as all people from several tourist busses :roll: I love to stop and make photos - it's a super advantage to inside the rest camp. I really recommend!
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The views from the bridge are amazing :D
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To the other side, one can see the rest camp
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All three bridges and on the right the stairs, which we came down
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We enjoyed watching dassies, which are also easily found at the rest camp
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Back at the camp 08:40. We had drinken almost 2 liter of water and iced rooibos tea. Near the starting point we met a couple looking like going to a country club - a nice sweater on shoulders etc. The lady had one half liter bottle of water on her hand. I gave a high recommadation to buy more for a walk :wink:

It was a joy to enjoy shower with European style faucet - no need to run water before getting it warm enough. Also the water pressure was great :D
I made a fruit salad from grapes and fresh pineapple. I love so much SA fresh fruits :D

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Wednesday January 24th, 2024 part 2

We had booked in an advantage "Woodcutter's Journey", because of friend's recommadation :thumbs_up:
It's commercial trip made by a vehicle inside SANParks Tsitsikamma forest. The same route one is allowed to walk or bike without extra fee - just conservation fees, but for us guided tour gave more. The trail and the journey start at the Tsitsikamma village

There are streams which were used in old times moving logs from the forest to the sea. Water is brownish because it has contamination with bark - tannines give colour to the water
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A small frog
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Human-like tree, which is about 450-500 years old
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The road used to be elephant migratory route - we learnt a lot local history :D
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The road was made very properly
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We learnt to walk (we were asked if short walking is ok) on the shadow side of the road- snakes love sunshine
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A flower
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A lunch was included
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Easy to get in and out at the lunch place
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Meanwhile our driver and guide found as a chameleon :dance: :dance:
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And another :dance: :dance:
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It took 2 and half hours. This time we were not lucky with birds, sometimes people have been

In the evening we enjoyed the views in nice 22°
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The sunset at Storm River Mouth rest camp is just amazing :D
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Next day we will visit another part of Garden Route NP - Nature's Valley. I have seen so many amazing photos from there. Let's see if we are also lucky about the weather

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Thank you for the guided tour of the Storms river :clap: :clap: . It looks astoundingly beautiful :dance: :dance:

You must have been roasting in the +16c at dawn :wink: :lol:
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:D
Cheers FinMari for the informative and beautiful tour :thumbs_up:

Sunrise , waves rolling in, sunset very 8)

Thanks :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Looks like a really beautiful walking trail and what lovely beach views! Since I was a couple episodes behind big, big congrats on the black *** sighting in Addo....what a special treat. :D
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What a beautiful area. I am always surprised that there are not more trip reports from this beautiful and scenic space. 8)

The perfect view from the stoep. I could sit there for a long time.

Forest walks are one of my favorites. It looks as though this was rich in diversity. I would also love the bridge crossing. Not for those who are afraid of heights.

The dassies are delightful. :D

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Had to catch up :redface: :redface:
I was amazed about your experience with pre-booking by telephone and a little :mrgreen: :mrgreen: how you managed to pre-book KTP for 2025.
Love your last :cam: :cam: of Addo.
The chalets at Stormsriver looks great, never stayed there overnight, only been there as a day visitor. The staff is really friendly, they provide us with some food after lunchtime while the restaurant was already closed.
The place is soooo lush and green and lots of beautiful flowers and insects to :cam: :cam: :cam:

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and :cam: :cam: :cam: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
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Amazing place and you captured the scenery perfectly ........... :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing ........ :thumbs_up:
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Thanks so much, FinMari,

what an adventure so far and the title fits perfectly to all your wonderful chalets with view - The Nyathi camp looked incredible :big_eyes: :mrgreen:

And luckily you did the cheetah tracking twice with magnificent memories and shots and even a night drive which end in the hail :big_eyes:

Simply love also all your lunch and dinner shots and totally right about the fresh South African fruits - Yummy :lol:

Ready for more :popcorn:
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Thank you all for comments :gflower:
umtali1 wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 6:32 pm Thank you for the guided tour of the Storms river :clap: :clap: . It looks astoundingly beautiful :dance: :dance:
It is an amazing beautiful camp :dance: :dance:
colbol wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 7:24 pm Sunrise , waves rolling in, sunset very 8)
It was easy to smile :D
jjames04 wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 4:47 am sighting in Addo....what a special treat. :D
And we managed to see also mom with calf :dance: :dance: :dance:
But the location is so easy so spot, can't publish
Meandering Mouse wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 5:52 am I would also love the bridge crossing. Not for those who are afraid of heights.
I'm afraid of heights, but those bridges were a joy. Maybe because we were so early, no other people shaking bridges :hmz:
Robbert wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 5:17 pm The chalets at Stormsriver looks great, never stayed there overnight, only been there as a day visitor.
Maybe stop some day for a night on the way :wink:
Jan van Wyk wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 6:54 pm Amazing place and you captured the scenery perfectly
The scenery there is so amazing :dance: :dance:
Pumbaa wrote: Fri Mar 01, 2024 12:19 am the title fits perfectly to all your wonderful chalets with view
totally right about the fresh South African fruits - Yummy :lol:
First I thought the title might be : Amazing views from beds - but maybe it would give wrong impression :lol: :lol:
Luckily a friend suggested this one :gflower:
It's so different to eat those SA fruits here in Europe or there :roll:
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Thursday January 25th, 2024

It's so amazing how excellent lullaby sound of the waves is :D
In the morning was 16° with sea mist
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We had slow morning with breakfast. The program of the day is visit Nature's Valley - a part of Garden Route NP. From the rest camp is 3,5 km to the reception / gate area. The height difference is 200 meters. There was clear blue sky
The distance to Nature's Valley is 40 km. The road was lush
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Some Ericas by the road. In Finland Ericas are max 30 cm tall
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Closer to se see the mist returned
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Here we are
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The view wasn't what I have waited :doh:
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We moved to the other part of the beach - the western end of the village
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Some info
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We decided to leave. Plettenberg Bay is not far away. We need something to buy to home. On the way there, blue sky and proteas
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Then it was time to visit one winery :dance:
I love food & wine :D Luckily I found some wineries at the area
Here is super friendly cat
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We shared a "small" bread, hummus and springbok carpaccio with pesto. Naturally some bubbles
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It was almost 1 p.m. Let's go and check situation at Nature's Valley. Maybe it have opened also over there :hmz:
Nope
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:hmz: There's another great winery near by. Let's go
Tasting
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Beautiful lilies
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Then lunch, salad with warm stone fruits etc
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Smoked Kudu flatbread
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Maybe female Marico Sunbird
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Back to Storm River Mouth rest camp to enjoy those amazing views :D

Camping area
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There has been all day some mist
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Thursday January 25th, 2024 part 2

There are mostly day visitors in the camp. It was easy to see at the shop - more snacks than proper food
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Sitting at the stoep and enjoy the view :D
Sunset was again amazing
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Load shedding was from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. but luckily I had my lanterns
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Next morning it was time to say goodbye to natural parks and stay last two nights in St Francis Bay.

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It is such a beautiful part of our country! I love those forests.
The chameleons! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Btw, phoning on Tuesday for my reservation in paradise! :dance:
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Hi Finmari

So glad I saw your tr. I think we've been at the same places as you were a few weeks later. I will still get to that part in my TR.

Lovely to see the familiar spots. We haven't been to mountain zebra but thanks for sharing. NOW I want to go there :lol:

We stayed in number 7 at storms river if I remember correctly. And luckily we took the road to the right at the bridges and not the left as you did after seeing your photos. :big_eyes:

I have an extreme fear of heights and the route towards the bridge was terrifying at some places. But I did face my fears and crossed the first suspension bridge and made it halfway on the second longer bridge :whistle:

Thanks for sharing your views of the parks
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