South Africa, May 2013. Primarily to attempt the world’s highest bridge bungy at the Bloukrans Bridge, I was also treated views of magnificent forests of Tsitsikamma National Park, and an exciting coast at the Storms River Mouth.
The Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area on the Garden Route, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is well known a coastal reserve for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail. The park covers an 80 kilometres (50 miles) long stretch of coastline. Nature’s Valley is at the western end of the park, and the main accommodation is at Storms River Mouth. Near the park is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump at 216 metres (709 ft).
The word “Tsitsikamma” hails from the Khoekhoe language tse-tsesa, meaning “clear”, and gami, meaning “water”, probably referring to the clear water of the Tsitsikamma River. Other meanings are ‘place of much water’ and ‘waters begin’.
South Africa, May 2013. Taken on the Bloukrans Bridge is the province of Eastern Cape on the left, and the province of Western Cape on the right.
South Africa, May 2013. The terrain of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape meets at Bloukrans River, creating a perfect triangle for a peek at the Inidian Ocean.
South Africa, May 2013. Small part of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The National Park is part of the bigger national park, the Garden Route National Park cover 1,210 square kilometers of land.
South Africa, May 2013. I was looking for the Ratel Hiking Path to see the The Big Tree (Outeniqua Yellowwood), but found myself lost and not knowing where to go.
South Africa, May 2013. Rock surfaces, having battered unrelentlessly by the Indian Ocean.
South Africa, May 2013. Taken from the Storms River Mouth, is a stunning vista of the coast of the continent of Africa.
South Africa, May 2013. Near Storms River Mouth, a huge wave crashes onto a rock surface, ricocheting into the air.
South Africa, May 2013. One of the stunning views between mountains and land in Tsitsikamma National Park.
South Africa, May 2013. Part of Tsitsikamma National Park. Taken from the Eastern Cape, the canopy of the forest in Western Cape meets the sky.
South Africa, May 2013. Constructed between February 1980 and June 1983, the bridge stands at a height of 216m above the Bloukrans River. Bloukrans River below forms the border between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces and is located in the Tsitsikamma region of the Garden Route.
South Africa, May 2013. A used bungy cord that has once attached to hundreds of lives over the Bloukrans River.
South Africa, May 2013. Spilling gold over the forest, the Sun emerges from the Mountain and the day begins.
South Africa, May 2013. The Sun has risen over the Eastern Cape, yet still right behind the mountains.