Port Elizabeth to Oudtshoorn via the Langkloof

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We left PE on a grey day for drive the 325 kms to Oudtshoorn, choosing to travel through the Langkloof on the R62 rather than along the coast. The Langkloof is a valley of c.160kms with a climate which is … Continued

Cape Receife Nature Reserve in Port Elizabeth

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It had been the hottest and most humid day of our travels in South Africa and after walking around the town in the morning it was the end of the day before we felt able to venture out again. Fresh, sea … Continued

Port Elizabeth

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The area around Algoa Bay, now known as Nelson Mandela Bay, was already inhabited 100,000 years ago by the Bushmen who were hunter-gatherers. They were gradually chased out by the Xhosa and other tribes. Europeans first found the site when Bartholomew … Continued

Graaff Reinet to Port Elizabeth by road

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Graaff Reinet used to have a railway station, opened in 1879, and the slow but steady disintegration of the railway network is told in this excellent blogsite with wonderfully evocative photographs. I can remember the excitement of taking on a second engine … Continued