We are now in a very different area of South Africa. Hard to believe it is the same country as the north and east. Everything in the Cape provinces, of which Port Elizabeth (P.E.) is capital of the East Cape, is green and lush, whereas the north and east is dry, hot. Some of the current northern landscape can be blamed on the drought, but it probably is the nature of the climate and land capability naturally. Port Elizabeth is quite an industrial centre with a significant car manufacturing industry. Ford, Toyota, VW, Mercedes and BMW are all here and a significant amount of their production is exported. Outside of P.E. a large dairy industry exists. Around Jeffreys Bay, wind farms are sprouting up.
The Tsitsikamma park is the start of the Garden Route. Here, it features some dramatic gullies with rivers flowing to the Indian Ocean. The Storms River has eroded a sharp canyon that is probably 1000 feet deep. At its mouth, the surf is quite dramatic. The walk to the mouth and suspension bridge is great. Back on the N2, we stopped at the Bloukrans River bridge which features one of the world's highest bungee jumps at 216 meters. While we viewed the bridge, three separate jumpers screamed their way down.
This area has some beautiful scenery, including the location of our first lodge on the Garden Route. The Villa Castollini sits high on a hill overlooking the Knysna bay. We are here for 3 nights with day trips out of here. Great lodge. A new album has been created --- Garden Route.