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Day 2

Knysna to East London

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Thursday, 5 am, lying in bed watching the first signs of daylight appear. Still much too soon to be accustomed to a different routine.

By 7 am, we're up & about and ready to have breakfast on the balcony overlooking parts of the lagoon.

This morning we're visiting the Knysna Heads before we set off on the road towards East London.
We're packed and ready to depart by 8:30 am.

The 'Heads', as they are commonly known, separate the lagoon from the sea.
A 5 km drive from the N2, we arrive at the look-out point on the eastern head. The Knysna river mouth extends by roughly 230 m across from the eastern to the western head, which is accessible only by ferry, and forms part of the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Western head as viewed from the look-out point at the eastern head.

Knysna Lagoon from the look-out point at the eastern head.

We spend a few minutes snapping some pics & taking in the beautiful sights at the Knysna eastern head look-out point. A short while later, we're back in the car, eastbound on the N2.

As we exit the Western Cape to enter into the Eastern Cape, we cross over a bridge spanning the width of the deepest gorge in the Garden Route area.
The Bloukrans bridge stands at a height of 216m above the Bloukrans River and is the site of the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jumping.

Bloukrans Bridge & Bungee Jumping.

Entering the Eastern Cape Province.

We continue on the N2, travelling through towns along the last stretch of the Garden Route.

Shortly after passing the major seaport city of Gqeberha, previously known as Port Elizabeth or simply PE, we branch off to the R72 Regional Route which will take us to the little coastal town of Port Alfred.
We make a quick stop at a fisheries owned by a local skipper/fisherman and get to enjoy a meal from his catch earlier this morning.
After a satisfying lunch, we complete the remaining 130 km's on the coastal route toward East London.

Our overnight stay will be in the suburb of Nahoon.
It is on the east bank of the Nahoon River which flows through an estuary and Africa's southernmost mangrove forest into the Indian Ocean. This is also the location of East London's most popular beach, Nahoon Beach.

We arrive at the guest apartment just before 5 pm. We quickly unpack & then drive the short distance down to the beach.

Although the skies are overcast, the weather is still quite warm.

We stroll along the beach and feel the water trickle over our feet as the waves gently meet the shoreline. It is surprisingly cold. Nonetheless, this is certainly not a bad way to end this leg of our journey...

Aerial footage of Nahoon Beach

Travel time for today including stops: 7 hours
Approx distance travelled: 550 km

Total trip travel time: 15 hours
Total trip distance: 1050 km

Posted by SuPa-Xplorers 12:31 Archived in South Africa Tagged waterfalls mountains bridges south_africa roadtrip western_cape bungee_jumping bloukrans eastern_cape

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