HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA

WEEK 2 – THE GARDEN ROUTE

Tsitsikamma – visit the Big Tree in Tsitsikamma – between 600 and 800 years old, this enormous tree stands 36.6 metres high, with a trunk circumference of 9 metres. An easy 10 minute walk through the cool forest takes you to the tree.

Cango Caves – A visit to the Cango Caves in the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometres north of Oudtshoorn, is excellent if you enjoy being underground. The 20 million year old caves consist of a progression of hidden chambers, cut deeply into the solid limestone rock layer. Explore the stalagmite formations on either of the standard or adventure tours. You will learn about the caves history, and visit the curio shop for African collectables.

Oudsthoorn is the capital of the ostrich industry; a visit to a farm will teach you all about how the birds are bred and the various ways in which ostrich products are marketed and fashioned. Besides fashionable handbags and shoes and decorative eggshells, Ostrich meat is very popular as it lean and full of protein.

Bloukrans Bridge is the highest in the African continent. 708 feet above the floor of the gorge, it is part of one of only three highways in the world to have a bridge exceeding 500 feet. Take a bungee jump or ride the Flying Fox cable slide across the gorge. For those who prefer not to, a gentle walk along the catwalk is a better option.

 

NEXT WEEK, PORT ELIZABETH AND SURROUNDS!