We are exploring the National Parks on this journey, choosing country air, quiet roads, stunning scenery, animal sightings and interesting folk.
|Hex River Valley|
|The Flood Level at Laingsberg 1981|
Service in the restaurant was friendly and we enjoyed our food whilst talking to Percy!
|Karoo National Park|
|Windmills of the Karoo|
One has to wonder if this is the gents perspective?? Or if maybe his money no longer does the trick?
The story kept us entertained anyway.
|Local Traders selling Stone Owls|
|On the Road to Nieu Bethesda|
|Views in Camdeboo National Park|
|Secretary Bird in Mountain Zebra National Park|
Staying in the park for a night or two would be ideal as there are cheetah trackings and guided walks to be enjoyed.
|The Zebra in the Mountain Zebra National Park|
Again some awesome scenery, lonely windmills, isolated farms, fluffy mohair sheep who look like dogs, the odd man on a bicycle plus two 4×4's that passed us. Our new Mazda CX 5 decided suddenly that the tyres required more air so a beeping noise emerged which caused us great consternation.
|The R337 - not for the feint-hearted!!|
|Reinet House, Graaff Reinet|
|Camdeboo Mational Park|
|Addo Elephant Park|
We rounded a corner and there he was - a massive bull peacefully chomping away. These gentle giants are so big that they tower over the car! We reversed slowly so as to give him enough room but eventually had to pass. As we came level, he suddenly turned and looked as if he wanted to chase us! Hopefully this was only curiosity but we were not going to wait and see even if it meant losing that special " up close and personal " photo. So the photo above is of another ellie who was, thankfully, a little further away!
|Black Backed Jackal - Addo Elephant Park|
|The wonderful walks along the Port Elizabeth Beach front|
Donkin Reserve is a public open space and offers views over PE. Boasting the largest flag in South Africa at 45 m tall, the flag spans a huge 12m X 8m and can be seen for miles.
The pyramid monument near to the lighthouse was erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth. The plaque is now rather worn but the words are very moving.
Route 67 is an Arts Cultural Heritage route which depicts Nelson Mandela's 67 years of dedication to the fight for freedom. The voting line of steel figures are symbolic of the 1994 election. There are many more art works and a number of quotes. We did most of the walk and found it very interesting.
Until next time!
Hex River Valley, Matjiesfontein & Laingsburg, Karoo National Park, Open Road Karoo, Windmills,
Graaff Reinet, Camdeboo National Park, Nieu Bethesda, Mountain Zebra National Park, R337 from Cradock, Addo, Port Elizabeth, Outeniqua Transport Museum, George Botanical Garden.