South Africa ... Road trip on the Garden Route

Tripoto
15th Aug 2016
Day 1

15 Aug 2016-

Hello Johannesburg!

My flight landed at the O.R. Tambo International Airtport in the afternoon and given it was Lunch time and a beautiful evening was lined up ahead, went ahead to visit the magnificent and lavish Monte casino..(first check on my to do list!)

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Photo of South Africa ...
Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Day 2

Day 2: 

An early start for the Road trip ...First day was a little hectic.. Drive From Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth.. The first pit spot..stayed overnight in the Suite room in the Suncity Broadwalk by the beach side..coincidently this too had a casino apart from various other amenities 

View on the way...! first landscape click of the journey.

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

And the landscape begins to  improve...mountains

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The Suncity all lit up at night looked mesmerising 

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Day 3

Waking up to a beautiful beach view and yummy breakfast marked the beginning of the third day... Checked out from Port Elizabeth (P.E.) for Jeffery's Baai (Bay)..a must visit and just half an hour drive from P.E...after spending some time there moved ahead to Plettenberg Bay which is a small town with great restaurants and bay! Called it a night here!

Forgot to mention.. We did stop in between at Tsitsikama to jump off from the Bloukrans (the highest commercial bungee jumping bridge in the world (216m).. Although it wasn't a part of my original plan... (but why not I wonder now)

View from my room (Suncity)

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The view was amazing to get upto!

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

JEFFERY'S BAAI

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Windmill farms on the way

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Some kungfu at Jeffery's Bay

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

This one is obvious

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

At the entry of Bloukrans bridge

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikama .. Highest commercial bungee jumping bridge in the world (216m)

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

On our way to Plattensburg from Tsitsikama

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Lip smacking pasta and Desserts were needed after the great jump!

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The valley below the Bloukrans Bridge

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The sunset that day!

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The leap of faith ????

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Day 4

Given that we reached Plettenberg in the evening.. We explored the beautiful bay the next morning.. Also did whale watching there.. Yes.. Really saw the whales.. Seals.. Albatross etc etc in the midst of the Indian Ocean.. Also steered the ferry for a while.. And then set for Knysna which was just an hour's journey but very very beautiful place to see.. Had lunch at the waterfront and spent night at @Simola Hotel there.. A special mention of Mr. Patrick at the reception who is one of the reason for me writing down my journey..

Sand art at Plettenberg Bay depicting the Big 5

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The ferry that we sailed in for Whale watching

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Plettenberg bay

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

The heads.. Just before knysna

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

View from my room at knysna.. It was raining and one can see the entire valley and rain forest from here

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

On our way to knysna

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Knysna

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Day 5

From Knysna we moved to George and then slightly went off our Garden route to visit Oudtshoom known for its Ostrich farms and Cango Caves. We took the adventure tour of the cave which meant going into the darkest and the narrowest part of the cave..doing duck walking, leopard crawling etc through the small nooks.. It was indeed a fun experience and the caves were so beautiful.

Later we stopped by an ostrich farm and headed to Mossel Bay to spend the night! There we took shelter at Protea Hotel and went for chilling at St.Patricks that night!

A pitt stop on our way to outshroom

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

At the Cango Caves.. Chamber no. 2.. The presentation and theatrics are amazing

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

We were mesmerised by this beautiful view and a pleasant weather mid way

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra

Mossel bay

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Road trip on the Garden Route by Aakriti Batra
Day 6

After a lazy start to the day at Mossel bay we left for Cape Town via Stellenbosch to see the vinyards... We couldnot manage to attend the wine tasting as the vinyards closed trading at 4pm. But personally this stretch was my favourite on terms of landscapes and greenery!

We reached Cape town while successfully concluding the garden route. The next3 days were full of fun and lazing around at Cape town itself!!

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