Journeys Around the World - Photogaphs by Martin Rochwerger and Ilana Leave - Design by Ilana Leave

 

Route
South Africa 2005 [slide]
We started our first trip to South Africa without too much advance knowledge and with a lack of experience in trekking, but we soon found out that the people are exceptionally nice and friendly and on the way there are a myriad of hostels and resting places at prices right for any pocket and the roads are well marked with good signs and directions.
Day 1-3: The first 3 days we dedicated to trips in the Eastern Transvaal and did not miss any of the prime attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Mac Mac falls and God Window. We slept at the Idle Wild, which is highly recommended.
Day 4-6: the following 2 nights and 3 days we spent in Kruger Park which we entered by the Numbi Gate (and its name indicates) it  is a small and friendly reach. We continued Northwards in the park sleeping in 2 camps along the way : Satara and Letaba. We exited from Phalaborwa where there is a small airfield with a special and attractive design. We had a reserved flight from there direct to Port Elizabeth from where we began our Garden Route Trip. 
Day 7-9: We spent one night in Port Elizabeth, we were hosted by a lovely lady who treated us like royalty at an inn called Sea View. Most of the Garden route at that time was burnt out and we wanted to enter into the Small Karoo, therefore we cut through in a Northerly direction to George and spent the first night at Oudtshoorn and the second one at Barrydale enroute we entered the Congo Caves which should not be missed. We continued along route 62 in the Little Karoo till Worcester where the Botanical Garden (The Karoo desert national botanical garden) is located, and we did not miss the huge Sheilam nursery near Robertson some 70 km before Worcester
We spent 4 days in Capetown and visited the Kirstenbosh botanical garden and form Cape Point climbed on foot to the Table Mountain during this climb one can view tens and hundreds of different varieties of Succulents and Mesembs typical to the area.
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