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    • Day 23

      Arriving at Tsitsikamma National Park

      May 29, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      After breakfast, we cleared away and were on the road again by 9.30am. By now, it was raining and very foggy, so we couldn’t see much of our surroundings while we drove. I know we passed a few miles of citrus groves, and lots of coal mines. It’s terrible to see that South Africa is so dependent on this polluting fossil fuel. Ironically, further along the road, we did see a number of wind turbines, the first we have seen in South Africa. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough to make a significant difference.

      We also drove through Motherwell, a very poor shanty town. Places like this have no running water or electricity. Nor do they have basic refuse collection, so there are piles of rubbish left at the side of the road. It’s sad to see people living like this 30 years after democracy came to South Africa.

      We stopped in Jeffrey’s Bay for lunch at a soulless shopping mall. I’m missing the local experience on this trip. On previous overlanding journeys, we have stopped in small towns and villages and sampled the street food and local markets. Despite its name, I think Intrepid is less intrepid than Dragoman! It’s a small criticism, though. Overall, the trip has been very good.

      The weather hadn’t improved by the time we reached Tsitsikamma National Park, our destination for the next two nights. We should have been in tents, but there was an option to upgrade to a forest cabin with a heater and private bathroom. For £60 for two nights, it was an offer we couldn’t refuse! Timo chose to upgrade, too. Kristina decided to stay in a tent.

      The campsite is right by the sea. The crew all say it is their favourite site on this trip. I can see that it would be lovely in the summer, but it’s a bit bleak here at the moment!

      Once we’d parked up, we went to check out our cabin. It was lovely and cosy. We switched the heating on, and I did my trip notes while we were listening to podcasts. Unfortunately, the Solis doesn’t work here, but that’s a small inconvenience. We felt guilty about Kristina, so at about 4.30, we walked up to the restaurant where we found her checking her emails using the free wi-fi that’s only available there. We did the same and stayed with her until it was time to walk back for dinner.

      Dinner tonight was a delicious cheese, tomato, basil, and mushroom pasta with salad. It was blowing a gale and raining, so we put the chairs in the laundry room! It’s a first for us – eating surrounded by washing machines! Just as we finished eating, the power went off. It was down to the weather rather than load-shedding. We stayed and chatted for a while before going back to our cabin. The power didn’t come back on, so we listened to podcasts by candlelight before bed.
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    • Day 24

      A day by the sea

      May 30, 2023 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      We slept very well in our cabin. The power didn’t come back on, but it wasn’t too cold. This morning, breakfast was at 8.30am as it was a free day. It was very cloudy, but dry and mild, so we ate our food overlooking the sea! We were joined by several kelp gulls, so called because they feed on the seaweed along the coast.

      After breakfast, we went back to our cabin. The power was still off, but we were able to edit our photos on the laptop. Later, we went for a walk along the coast to take some photos. The waves crashing over the rocks were truly spectacular – and very noisy!! There are lots of well-appointed cabins with stunning sea views. It must be a lovely place to spend a holiday in the summer months!

      We ended up in the restaurant as, despite the power outage, the wi-fi was still working there. We were joined by two coach loads of Japanese tourists who came in for a steak and salad lunch. They cooked the steaks on the gas grill and, with no extractor fans working, the place soon filled with smoke! We didn’t stay long!!

      The power finally came back on at about 4pm. It was getting cold and dark, so we went back to the cabin, put the heating on, and listened to music until it was time for dinner. On the menu this evening was battered fish fillets with rice, vegetables, and chakkalakka. We didn’t hang around too long after dinner as it was really cold!!
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    • Day 10

      Mountainbike Tour

      February 21, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Heute haben wir eine Montainbiketour gemacht.
      Nach 4 Stunden in der prallen Sonne, die Berge rauf und runter tut unser Po ganz schön weh. Wir wurden nicht vorgewarnt wie hart diese Tour sein würde. Wir sind auch sofort zu Hause eingeschlafen.Read more

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