Sunset Rock, at Cape St Francis…

We were told about this place – given directions. When we got there, we found a car park FULL of cars and people, everywhere! If I’d been on my own, I’d have just kept right on driving!  P1260817

In this direction, however, only a few fishermen…

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I’m told this road goes along the coast for miles…(above)

I’m guessing people come here to take sunset photos for a reason!

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As the sun went down, the light changed and the blues became deeper…

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Facing the other way – the people were still there!

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Storms River Mouth suspension bridge…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’d heard all about this bridge, and was certain I couldn’t walk over it. I’m scared of heights.

I wasn’t always scared of heights – I climbed trees as a lightie – then one day, walking along the top of a tall wall – I was attacked by vertigo and I’ve never recovered.

Having survived the Sauer Bridge, a distance upstream, I decided to give this one a go…and it was easy peasy. I’m thinking perhaps with moving water, my vertigo has no point of reference to adhere to. My brain appears happy with moving water, but not moving ground! Go figure…

I took this photo from the middle of the bridge, looking up the river mouth…worth braving the bridge hey? Look at the lovely yellow rocks the area is famous for.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And do I have proof? Yup. Look at me – no hands!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a cute first-world board-walk to get to the suspension bridges….maybe one day there will be one to Inanke Cave in the Matopos???OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome of the views from here are stunning – I had to poke the camera through the forest though…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook at this luminous green colour on the rocks. The waves boom into here at high tide. (PS – this is also taken off one of the suspension bridges…boast boast…)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis view is from the boardwalk – high up against the hillside. It got pretty stormy after four in the afternoon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think there is a cave in there…would love to investigate one day

 

 

 

 

Storms River Bridge…

I’d heard all about the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth (pictured below.) I have always been certain I couldn’t walk over it.Suspesnsion Bridge Storms River mouth

I’d never heard much about THIS bridge, further upstream.  I see its called the Sauer Bridge. (Sorry its in Afrikaans – I’m told there is an English version, but I didn’t see it!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There is a nice parking lot just the other side…so we stopped. I love bridges, and thought it would be nice to take some pics…

We walked a short way across, and I, with solid sides on the floor of the walk way, thought I’d manage my vertigo. I did, until a thirty tonne truck rumbled onto the bridge. I didn’t even see it, but I felt the bridge jump about a foot when the lorry landed on it!

Frank turned to see me hanging on for dear life, eyes wide. “This bridge must have shock absorbers in the structure,” he says with that measured voice of his…

…and this silly woman believed him. I mean, he is an engineer and all! He knows these things. In fact the only thing he knew for sure, was he couldn’t wrestle with a vertigo struck maniac in the middle of a bridge.

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Once you have braved the walk along the top, there is a cute little wooden pathway under the end structure and up again! Then the long walk down the other side. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe did get these views though…

Bridges near Cape St Francis

Van Staden’s is famous for the number of people who suicide off it. Unfortunately, with the sun shining on the bridge, you can’t see the rail that has been put up to discourage the practice.

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The old bridge is still functional. I drove over it to take the photos, then walked around to the old “drift” I’m guessing the one the pioneers used…imagine pulling their wagons over this terrain!

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The road to Storms River Mouth…

Storms River Mouth is on the Garden Route and part of the Tsitsikama National Park. Being a Zimboe, the R40.00 each entrance nearly put us off. Having just visited the “big tree” we wondered if it was worth it…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We drove a short way and ….yes, just the flowers along the edges of the road made it worthwhile!

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St Francis Bay, South Africa

Santareme SFBSt Francis Bay is an upmarket resort town in the Eastern Cape. We can only visit because we have relatives who live there and we can bum off them for a few weeks. (Below is the view from my brother-in-law’s balcony.)P1000718

Recently, I discovered a couple of my FB friends live in SFB and they were the incentive for me to visit again. Being the “poor relative” palled on us long ago!

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The houses are huge, the yards tiny. A sea view is a must, and without one, your property is of less value. Directly in front of one of the houses our relatives own here, is a garden, set aside to maintain the natural vegetation found in the area. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cute little benches are dotted about – great for communing with nature!

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Little paths…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have never visited here in August and consequently missed the best time: no Vaalies to be seen, and magic fynbos out in flower.

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