LOVE TO WANDER
We met up with our fellow hikers - three couples from Germany who fortunately all spoke very good English. We set off on the day's hike and saw a pod of dolphins almost as soon as we started (video to follow!). We walked across three suspension bridges (for once, I took my eyes off the beautiful ocean and concentrated on putting one wobbly foot in front of the other). Once we had made the crossing, a long, steep ascent followed. It was hot and this part of the hike was the most challenging. We were rewarded by "high tea` which was served in china cups! These had been drive up to the top - our two African guides had carried water etc. For the trip - but obviously not all the tea cups!
Great attention to detail - a perfect place to stay in all aspects.
We drove for about an hour through some beautiful scenery to drop off the off the hire car at George airport. We stopped off at Fancourt Golf Club en route to satisfy Tim's curiosity. There is a fine spa hotel there which does three night packages - an alternative I would never have thought of when planning this trip. We met up with the transfer car and two and a half hours later arrived at the Storms River section of the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).
It took us 5 hours to reach Hlangana Lodge. There was little traffic and the route was indeed scenic. We passed a woman carrying a large cardboard book on her head - no hands - better deportment than you see on most high streets back home. Several people had woolly hats on - odd as it was over 30 today. We also saw an ostrich running wild, with 3 chicks.
We visited the Cango Caves and the Cango Ostrich Farm this morning - both we'll worth the visit. I'll let the photos do the talking.
Pretty lodge - no restaurant on site (but a shuttle was provided). Excellent laundry service!
We are moving on today and have a long(ish) 4 and a half hour drive ahead to Hlangana Lodge in Oudtshoorn, so are making an early start. Route 62 is a good alternative to the very popular Garden Route along the coast. It is supposed to be quieter, but no less picturesque - we'll find out today.
Wow - last evening at le Quarter Francaise Tasting Room was certainly a culinary journey like no other I have ever experienced.
We picked up our hire car and navigated the short hour and a half drive to our next stop in Franschhoek. It was very hot today - up to 35 and Summer has only just started here. They say it has started hot though - February (their hottest month) isn't usually much hotter than this. August - mid Winter here - is about 15 degrees on average but can drop just below freezing at night on occasion. I don't think many people who live here all the time understand what cold can really feel like?!
Le Quartier Francais is a really beautiful hotel. Luxurious, yet informal and relaxed.