South Africa 2012
October 3rd - 16th, 2012
 



October 11th, 2012

This morning we visited Tsitsikamma National Park – stunning! The little creature you see here is called a rock hyrax - (Procavia capensis) or Cape hyrax and is one of the four living species of the order Hyracoidea, and the only living species in the genus Procavia. Pretty important little fellow… and what is really cool about these is that they are the closest living relatives to the elephant!

We had a great time in the park, took the swinging bridges across the water, watched a group of kayakers set off on a morning ride and even saw some old cars come into the park from a motor race.

“The Garden of the Garden Route” welcomes you to the area the ancient San people called the “place of many waters.”

Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water". The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.

Tsitsikamma National Park, declared in 1964, encompasses a marine reserve made up of 80km of coastline and offers the visitor magnificent scenery, walks, a small beach, restaurant and shop. The famous Storms River suspension Bridge spans the river mouth.

From here we went to see a very famous bridge for bungee jumping. Even caught one jumping off…way too scary for me. It costs 700 rand to take this leap of faith and there were many younger people doing it this day. The cord can be used up to 1000 times but they change them every 350 times if that is any consolation.
 

 
 

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