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After wrapping up on safari at Kruger National Park yesterday we headed back to Johannesburg to catch a flight to the Southern coast of South Africa to explore the coastline and the incredible Garden Route National Park. We have rented a car in the area, so we should be able to see all of the spots that I have been wanting to explore in the park for some time. We were originally planning on golfing in the area, but we have decided to spend our time fully exploring this beautiful coastline instead. If you are into landscape photography, this is a destination that should be very high on your bucket list. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. I cannot wait to share my photographs of the area with you!
It is really hard to put into words the absolute beauty of this area. From the moment we saw the coastline from the air, we were in absolute love with the Eastern Cape of South Africa. After collecting our bags and renting a car, we set off to explore.
We drove from the city of George all the way North to the Tsitsikamma National Park. It seemed like that entire stretch of coastline, which is known as the Garden Route, was an endless string of beauty. It is roughly 158km and takes about 2.5 hours to drive, but I would plan a full day to completely explore and appreciate the area if you visit.
The first stop we made was to the amazing town of Knysna. This was my favorite of the cities we visited and had a number of amazing viewpoints of the coastline to enjoy. In addition to the views, I was absolutely blown away by the size of the waves and the incredible sunsets.
Another town in the Garden Route that we really enjoyed visiting was the beautiful Plettenberg Bay. As with Knysna, there are a number of breathtaking viewpoints in which to view the coastline, amazing restaurants to enjoy, and a seemingly countless number of cool shops to explore. One of my absolute favorite spots near the city is the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve, which was absolutely breathtaking.
The final highlight of the day that I would like to mention is the renowned Storms River Suspension Bridge in the incredible Tsitsikamma. It is an amazing two section bridge that crosses the ocean where the Storms River enters the ocean. I have been on some amazing suspension bridges in my life (the Carrik-A-Rede in Ireland and several in Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand to name a few), but this bridge was next level awesome. The ocean waves crashing below you as you cross is an experience you won’t forget!
Tomorrow we are planning to visit an elephant sanctuary to get up close with some elephants and explore more of the coastline. Until then, safe travels!