Wednesday, 04.10.06

Today was our last morning drive. Again we were at the gate at 6 in the morning waiting for it to open. The weather had improved slightly - which means it did not rain all time...
At the end of the drive we started to accept that we would not see a lion at all - but suddenly there she was, lying lazy at the road side - "our" lioness! Absolutely unimpressed she posed for some pictures just to disappear into the bush a few moments later.
Back at the reception we heard that we were the first people to see a lion within a week. After breakfast we saw that there had been others that followed our directions - our lion marker at the magnet board was not the only one anymore.
It seems that it had been a good day at all because one guy even saw a rhino family. That was an experience we had not been granted.

Jackal in the morning mist


The small Duiker are very elusive


Her majesty

Ostrich dripping wet

After breakfast we were on our way to the Tsitsikamma National Park at the shores of the Indian Ocean. About halfway the rain had finally stopped and the cloud cover began to break. Just before Tsitsikamma even the sun came out - what a feeling after almost 3 days of rain and chill.
Tsitsikamma NP protects the last remnant of indigenous african coastal forest. It is most famous for the Otter Trail, a 5 day hiking trail stretching along the coast for some 45 km. A permit is required for only 12 people a day are allowed to start the trail and it is recommended to book well ahead - a year to be sure. The first 3 km only are open to the public.
Our oceanette above the rocky shore had fantastic views and after we had settled in we left for the Storms River Mouth with its suspension bridge.

Arum Lilies everywhere


Storms River Mouth

Storms River gorge

The Storms River Mouth Path leads up to a fantastic view point at the opposite side of the hill.

Cove on the Mouth Path


Coastal forest


Itīs done!


High above the gorge and the forest


Storms River Mouth


In the evening we watched the sun set just after a whale had passed by.
Tomorrow we wanted to walk the first part of the Otter Trail.  =>


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