Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Elandsbaai Caravan Park

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Langebaan to Elandsbaai

The sunset in Langebaan was eathtaking. A slow moving rainstorm passed before our eyes on the other side of the bay. Dramatic skies had me snapping away to get it all on film.  A Seagull posed for me to include him in the photo.  From Leentjiesklip Campsite to the left lies the mouth to the estuary and to the right Club Mikonos and the refinery.  On the opposite side of the bay is Saldana. One can see the ships in the harbor and the lights paint a pretty picture when reflecting over the bay.

A group of about 15 caravans also stayed at Leentjiesklip.  We were worried that it might be a noisy evening but we proved to be wrong.  The next morning I was hoping to have a long hot bath.  At about 7 am the temperature was 5 degrees.  There was no hot water at any of the ablution blocks.  This did not go down well so I went looking for the guard to let him know.  I could not find anyone.  They were going to have a lot of unhappy campers.  Carlos set up the shower for me.  Sweet hubby! Just as well – we found that the tap connection was left at the previous site. So at least we knew to buy another one. When the camp official eventually came round to get payment he had the lamest excuse in the book why there was no hot water! 

In Saldana we bought Bokkoms!  Yes, Bokkoms.  We had never eaten it before and we wanted to try it out.  Boertjie se Bokkoms.  We opted for the 5 in a little bag option – saving us the cleaning process. Being a bit skeptical about the new taste I bought 2 bags and asked Boertjie if I could take a photo of his Bokkoms.  He is such a warm enthusiastic man.  We ended up chatting away for a while – took photos and agreed to send him a photo by post.  No such thing as e-mail.  If we knew then what we know now, we would have bought 20 packets.  Carlos and I both love it. We drove through Diasville – on Dolla's suggestion.  It turned out to be the colored township.

After this we arrived at Jacobs Bay.  Not to be mistaken with or compared to Diazville.  An upmarket, new kid on the block development with 2 smalls bays.  Picturesque!! I loved the architecture and atmosphere.  When telling my brother Marais about it he agreed that it was one of the places to live but that it was hugely expensive.  So much for that then. 

West Coast Shopping mall on the edge of Vredenburg was our next stop.  Knowing that we would not be passing through any big towns after this we stopped to get the hosepipe connection etc.  Very impressed with the mall.  Did not expect to see anything like that in these parts. Vredenburg is a big town that seem to continue growing. It certainly will draw folk from far and wide with this mall.

We held high hopes for Paternoster. We wanted to buy some fresh seafood to cook ourselves.  Very soon, as a matter of fact at the first stop street the locals jumped at the opportunity to sell us crayfish.  Wanting to keep our options open we declined at first.  The second rounds offer was R300 for a bag full.  Small, medium and large ones.  Carlos was uneasy with the fact that there were little one in to – just now we get fined.  Just as well.  Just over the hill we could clearly see the red tide that Boertjie with his bokkoms told us about.  He said that there was no snoek because of the red tide.  This all made sense now.  The locals tried to sell the walk out crayfish to the unexpected visitors.  Glad that we did not buy any, we carried on to Tietiesbaai. One has to pay to go to Tietiesbaai – day visitors pass.  The camp site is on the sea with no place to hide from the wind.  Not so great in winter but better in summer I am sure.  We have very sad news about Tietiesbaai……..there is only one tieitie left or so it seems.  We could not see the other one.

It is beautiful in this area. A completely different kind of beauty to what we have been traveling through the past month.  Although diverse, the one constant has been very green lush vegetation. Big trees and forests. This has made way for a more arid Karoo like look, but typically west coast.   

There was very little other than a housing estate and a small harbor with a fish factory in Stompneus baai .  St Helena’s Baai also did very little for me. Lots of ships on the sea, houses etc.  Velddrif is a fair size town.  If it was not for the bokkoms that we could pick on we might have been very bored driving though this part.

I wanted to sleep over in Dwarskersbos as my mom told me about my dad and her camping there with Tannie Tina and Oom Jan on a couple of occasions.  My dad would fish and she would sew and walk on the beach and pick up lots of shells. In my mind’s eye I pictured something more like Tietiesbaai I guess.  I could see why they loved it in that the beach stretches for miles and there is an abundance of shells. The campsite is set a little way 500 m from the breakers.  A flat wide beach with no rocks. Wish we could have been there with them.  I am sure it would make a very relaxing getaway.  I still have some of the shells mom picked up there.

Moving on to Elandsbaai the countryside changed once again.  Suddenly there were Blue Mountains in the background. The road stretched out and one can see for miles.  I loved this new look.  An estuary complete with flamingoes lie on the right and then the road curves around a big rock to reveal Elandsbaai, It took us by complete surprise.  A Big rocky mountain laid right next to the coast.  A wild west sort of a feel complete with a railway line (nothing like the south coast of KZN) on the one side and a fantastic beach on the other.  Elandsbaai hit the spot on so many levels.  We excitedly looked around for bit and set up camp.  There were a couple of other campers there.  All surfers it turned out.  Elandsbaai made for good surfing. The campsite is not glamorous but the ablutions are clean and they have hot water.

This was Saturday afternoon late.  We got going with the blog as we had fallen behind a bit. We stayed here on Sunday.  Tried to get the blog up to date, and just be still and in one place for at least   hours. Although it was a bit cold, the sun was out the entire time.  Nice change.  Again long clean flat stretch of beach.  So unique, with the mountain right there.  Almost looks like Table Mountain in the evening. Town is tiny and besides for the Hotel, bottle store and café , the only other shop is the surf shop.  We loved it here.  Would love to come back here with Carla Luke and the girls – to play and swim and pick up shells. So too, Rox and Tom.  Tom can surf and Rox can pick up shells to her hearts content.  Carla can jog and the dogs can run on the beach with us.  One can dream!

Satisfied that we were up to date with the blog, we started the next leg.
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Ingrid Villalobos on

Stunning pictures!

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