The Garden Route
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
84Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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I kept the faith that it was worth it but as we arrived into Knysna for the first time my initial reaction was that maybe the guide was right. We had just driven through a large township, the weather was overcast and the lagoon looked to be a little overly built-up
We were booked into a wooden cottage in Knysna overlooking the Knysna lagoon which was pretty luxurious and significantly cheaper than we had paid for hostels in Australia. We had a large bedroom with a balcony, bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and a small kitchenette which served our purposes perfectly. Most evenings there we watched the sun setting over the lagoon from our balcony with a bottle of Cape wine and a block of locally made blue cheese. No complaints there! Although Knysna is a little bit built up, you only have to drive a kilometre or two out or drive over to the Knysna Heads and it's stunning! Plus the Knysna waterfront has some really good restaurants with views over the lagoon and amazing food for half the price we pay at home. Again Katy was threatening to move here!
We had rain on the first night and all day on the last day, but every other day was beautiful sunny weather so we got out and explored in our hire car
We also visited Plettenberg bay with it's beautiful beaches and explored a bit. We parked up and wandered across the beaches eventually finding our own private beach. Again we were treated with brilliant views across the sea to the mountains. We drove up a bit higher so that we could get more of a panoramic view and it was well worth it as the mist hung below the top of the mountains and above the bottom creating a mystical look over the mountains. With it being a clear day you could see for miles from our view-point and it was beautiful!
Probably the highlight (Other than amazing wine and chilling at our cottage) for us was a visit to Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma national park
On the way home from the Tsitsikamma national park we stopped off at the world's highest commercial bungee jump where very stupid people throw themselves down off the bridge falling over 200 metres towards the earth. It's such a beautiful view across from the bridge and into the mountains but I don't think I could have appreciated that view if the only thing between me and certain death was a piece of elastic.
I heard that this bungee jump company had a group of guys signed up who were being very cocky about the jump so the guys decided to make their jump a little more adrenalin filled
"Three, Two, One... Bungee!!!" As they leaned forward they then shouted "NO, wait, stop!!!"
So now they were hurtling towards the floor in blind panic that something was wrong. HARSH!
The garden route is amazing, it's just so beautiful. The only negative aspect is how built up certain areas are, but for us... Brilliant!