Garden Route South Africa (along the coast...!!)

Day One: Cape Town to Cape Agulhas

Although this stretch of route is not part of the classic Garden Route but the drive was breathtaking along the coast with Gordon's Bay, Betty's Bay and Fisherhaven enroute to Hermanus. It was well not the typical whale sighting season but this stretch of road is the perfect place to sight the biggest creature on earth. One can plan it that ways to say the least. It is an absolute heaven for the people who love driving and can do anything for the sake of it. What an absolute pleasure. Apart from stopping at numerous breathtaking spots along the coast we happened to visit the Stony Point Nature Reserve. It was an absolute delight to watch unrestricted movements of African penguins.

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The UFO has landed..!!

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Along the way

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Penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve

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Hermanus was a quite little coastal town where we had our lunch.


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The Lunch..!!
 
After lunch we started for Cape Agulhas (The Southern most tip of African Continent).. The road was fantastic to say the least and we crossed Stanford and Napier before hitting Cape Agulhas.

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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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The point where the two great oceans meet


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The explorer

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By evening it was time to hit Zuidste Kaap Pub & Restaurant (The Southern Most pub of African Continent..!!) The bar owner was a wonderful host to us and we drank gallons :partyman::drinkers:. till 4 in the morning!! It was truly an amazing experience. :supz::yawinkle:
 
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INDIAN OCEAN II ATLANTIC OCEAN

Many have this wrong notion of Cape of Good Hope being the Southern most point of African Continent..!! CofGH is the South Western point and it is Cape Agulhas which is the Southern most point. The pic above is the place where the two great Oceans (Indian & Atlantic) meets.
 
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Next day we started off a bit late from Cape Agulhas towards the north and our destination was Oudtshoorn via Swellendam and Barrydale. Now Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich capital of the World. This place is located to the North of the mountain range which is known as Karoo territory. Karoo means Desert in local language. Oudtshoorn is also home to the famous crocodile cage diving and Cango Caves. Cango Caves - Wikipedia. These caves were totally worth experiencing. They have these guided tours for the visitors and the adventurous chaps can opt for the adventure tour.

The drive was fantastic but a word of caution. Karoo region is an isolated arid belt where very limited population stays, this means one needs to be care while driving at night and to always keep the car tanks topped up. This stretch of road is part of the majestic garden route.

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Cango Caves

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This pic is not mine..
just wanted to bring out the sheer enormity of these caves. Visitors suddenly find themselves transformed into Indiana Jones
 
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