The cave which runs behind the falls was as deserted as our camp-site
the previous nights and all 4 of us were in our sleeping bags
and vas aan die slaap by 10pm. My kind of New Years Eve!!!
After a leisurely morning we headed upstream for some swimming
in the river, before heading back to our shaded forest camp (and
of course my bakkie!!!) in Luphatana.
Stage 4 – Luphatana to Cape Town via Addo and Storms
With the chaos of New years safely behind us we reluctantly packed
up and headed for PSJ and East London. After dropping our Jozi
participant at the airport we hit the R72 coastal road again en
route to PE and Cape Town. Some 30min out of EL our navigator
had the inspired idea of breaking our journey by taking a detour
to Addo Elephant National Park. With the GPS safely on its way
back to Jozi (with my mate) we had only the analogue atlas to
guide us, but we coped admirably. From the R72 we took the R345
to Peddie and back on the N2 until the R342 to Patterson (20 km
gravel) and a further 25km to Addo.
Having never been to Addo, we were all ridiculously excited to
be in the ‘game reserve’ when we should have been
heading home, and the three or so hours spent driving through
the park was a treat despite the limited game viewing. Our overnight
stop was the Tube and Axe in Storms River Village, 5km off the
N2. The Tube and Axe provided the perfect setting at the foot
of the Outeniqua Mountains to ease us back into the reality of
heading home the following day and I plan to go back there out
of season for some more adventure R&R.
All in approx distance and fuel cost: 3000km at roughly R1 per
Incidents and Accidents: None bar 1 x sharp metal object in the
R rear tyre. Kindly removed by Speedy EL. No puncture, no cost,
even after closing hours.
Most important lesson learned: “The GPS is only useful
for telling you where you are, but not for telling you where to
go or how to get there.” Thanks Oom Fuller O.
Most useful piece of kit other than the Lux (of the roughly R2500
spent on new equipment): ‘Lasher Tools’ Machete, R59
Thanks to my 3 travel buddies for helping me live in dreamland.
Could not have paid for the petrol without you guys!!!
We stayed at:
Arendsnes: 0437385064 http://www.arendsnes-chintsa.co.za
Coffee Shack: 047 575 2048 http://www.coffeeshack.co.za
The Kraal: 082 871 4964 http://www.thekraalbackpackers.co.za
E. Cape Nature (Mkhambathi/Luphatana/Waterfall Bluff) : 043 742
Tube and Axe: 042 281 1757 http://www.tubenaxe.co.za/
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