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Travel Blogs from Knysna
Flew 2 hours from Johannesburg to George then coach to Knysna. This is where the South Africans holiday. Went to the nature reserve going by ferry across the shallow lagoon. Thankful not to be with the other coach party of Americans. They make their presence felt - loudly!!! They were hollering for Nawrma! They checked in the "rest room" for Nawrma …
... gracious hostess. An ambitious woman of many talents, just one of which is interior design. Her use of the family sterling silver flatware and antique Spode China made the breakfasts that much more special. Caroline told me vivid and colorful stories about her family history and connections. She explained why Halcyon House, designed and built by her father as a family retreat, has ...
We left Kruger Park and drove through spectacular rolling landscapes to the SA capital of Pretoria, where we briefly saw the impressive main parliament building and presidential residence. We then carried on to Johannesburg airport for our third and last time where we boarded a plane for Port Elizabeth on the southern coast.
Our only night in P.E. was spent in a hotel on the Indian Ocean. Of course we had to dip our toes in the ocean in the morning before leaving ...
... it's scarily high, and still a taboo subject (many many deaths are blamed on TB or other illnesses).
On the whole I was really glad I'd done that visit, certainly not what I expected in many ways. Yes there is poverty, unemployment etc, but it seemed to lack the sense of desperation that I'd half expected to see. What I'm unsure about is whether this is unique to Knysna, or really representative of township life across the country.
... we end up at a college rugby sevens tournament with lots of music & cheerleading. First time on this trip we've really bumped into something local (& rain).
So we rather damply drive on to Storms River - I start on the old scenic road but it comes to a grinding halt & its back to the 'motorway'.
Did I tell anyone Crystal Palace are now top of the league and our S African player is an easy topic of conversation?
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking