Windy Eastern Cape and Tsitsikamma National Park of South Africa
The Storms River Suspension Bridge within Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa as it hangs over the red-brown waters of the Storms River Mouth before flowing out towards the Indian Ocean. (Oct. 16, 2018)
The warning was that this place is definitely beautiful but windy and the Tsitsikamma National Park on the Eastern Cape of South Africa most definitely lived up to its reputation.
Our Intrepid tour group arrived early Monday afternoon when the sun was warm and bright but the winds were cool from this rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscape views. Tsitsikamma is a section of what’s called the Garden Route National Park and basically means, “the place of much water.“
We set up camp and our tents, with rods nailed to the ground to keep the tents from blowing away and within a safe distance of the rocky shore line. But not so far away that we couldn’t still hear the power of the waves as they crashed along the formidable rock formations…with time to spare before dinner. While many of my tour mates chose to explore, I chose to stay warm and charge up the electronics inside the laundry room while also getting some writing done. Call it the glamorous world of a travel writer.
I did try to socialize with my camping/travel mates Monday night after dinner, but it was just so cold that I had to really bundle up in my tent. A long with wind, it also rained that night so my after midnight bathroom run was quite exciting. Call this more camping thrills.
While our Intrepid tour group and guide were off Tuesday morning trekking to greater heights and feats, Nick (my Intrepid tour mate) and I had a much more laid back adventure of our own…the Storms River Suspension Bridge within Tsitsikamma National Park. The walk was well worth the magnificent views with various lookout points and places to have a seat and rest along the way while enjoying the vistas of the turquoise ocean.
Here’s our two night stay at Tsitsikamma National Park in South Africa. Next stop is our one night stay at Kleinplaas in Oudtshoorn, the Western Cape of South Africa and our visit to the Cango Caves which have been known to man since the early Stone Ages more than two million and a half years ago.