Travel in South Africa – from Mossel Bay to Knysna

Buffels Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Buffels Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

The Garden Route, South Africa

The road from Mossel Bay (Western Cape, South Africa) to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape – all along the Indian Ocean - is known as The Garden Route. The climate is ‘oceanic’ – after Hawaii the second mildest climate in the world. Read more about this extremely scenic route HERE.

Leaving Mossel Bay for the next town on our route, namely George, we pass a couple of beautiful sea-side villages - Little Brak with its river and lagoon, Great Brak – a beautiful village and holiday resort along the banks of the Great Brak River - and then Glentana and Harolds Bay.

From Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth, South Africa @ Google Maps
From Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth, South Africa @ Google Maps

From Mossel Bay to George

Great Brak, Western Cape, South Africa
Great Brak, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Glentana Beach, Western Cape, South Africa
Glentana Beach, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Sunset at Glentana, Western Cape, South Africa
Sunset at Glentana, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Herolds Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Herolds Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
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George, Western Cape, South Africa

George, named after King George III, is the 6th oldest town in South Africa, though the first town founded under British rule in 1811. However, due to the growing demand for timber and wood provided to mankind by the indigenous Outeniqua forests, the Dutch East India Company had already established a woodcutters outpost on the site in 1776. Situated between the Outeniqua Mountains, George is today the commercial hub of the Garden Route. Read more about George HERE.

George’s nearest bay (beach) is Victoria Bay - ±11 km (±9 miles) to the east. Read more about Victoria Bay HERE.

George

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George, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed Church, George, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, George, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
The Old Slave Tree in George, where slaves were allegedly once chained and sold, was planted about 200 years ago and still exists in front of the old library.
The Old Slave Tree in George, where slaves were allegedly once chained and sold, was planted about 200 years ago and still exists in front of the old library. | Source
Victoria Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Victoria Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Victoria Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Victoria Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Nine biomes in South Africa:

  • Fynbos Biome
  • Succulent Karoo Biome
  • Desert Biome
  • Nama-Karoo Biome
  • Grassland Biome
  • Savanna Biome
  • Albany Thicket Biome
  • Indian Ocean Coastal Belt
  • Forests

Ref: plantzafrica.com


Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa

16 km (±10 miles) after George we find ourselves in the most beautiful town called Wilderness – a seaside town on the banks of the Touw River Lagoon.

Here we can clearly see flora that differs radically from what we have seen during our tour from the North West Province via the flat grasslands of the Orange Free State and the semi-desert (Great Karoo) of the Northern Cape, down to the Cape Winelands with its orchids and strawberry fields, and all the way down to Cape Point where the rampant growth of South Africa's unique Fynbos captures one's heart, and up the West Coast where the Langebaan Fynbos/Thicket seems to be a carpet made of flowers.

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Here, in this region of South Africa, we find ourselves in the Knysna-Amatole montane forests - a tropical and subtropical moist broad-leaf forest, (TSMF), also referred to as a ‘jungle’. (Take note of the various types of jungles in the world HERE.)

Read more about Wilderness HERE.

Wilderness

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Kaaiman's River Bridge, Wilderness, South Africa
Kaaiman's River Bridge, Wilderness, South Africa | Source
Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa
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Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa

The next most charming coastal town on our route is Sedgefield, proclaimed in 1929 as a town after being a farm since somewhere between 1840 and 1878.

Read more about Sedgefield HERE and HERE.

Sedgefield

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Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa
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The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Saturday mornings at Sedgefield, South Africa

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The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
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The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Proteas for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Home made cheese for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Home made cheese for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Dry meat for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Dry meat for sale at The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
Dried fruit for sale at the Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
Dried fruit for sale at the Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa
The Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Sedgefield, South Africa | Source

Crafts Market at Sedgefield, South Africa

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Crafts Market at Sedgefield, South Africa
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Sedgefield Classic Cars, South Africa - We had a ball in here!

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From Sedgefield to Knysna

Knysna is the next town on our route, but between Sedgefield and Knysna are three charming villages we have to visit –

  1. Buffelsbaai / Buffels Bay / Buffalo Bay - 20 km from Knysna.
  2. Belvidere Estate, Western Cape – Situated on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, this little village has a sacred aura most probably caused by the old Romanesque church (Lexicon Kent Style) complete with its private cemetery. The architect was the Yorkshire born Sophia (Sophie) Wharton Myddleton. On 5 October 1855 the church was consecrated by her husband, Bishop Gray and called The Holy Trinity Church. Read the history of Belvidere HERE. Read the history of the Holy Trinity Church at Belvidere HERE.
  3. Brenton on Sea - 16 km from Knysna. (Read more about Brenton on Sea HERE.)

Knysna, Westen Cape, South Africa
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From Sedgefield to Buffels Bay, South Africa

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Buffels Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

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Road to Belvidere, Western Cape, South Africa

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Belvidere, Western Cape, South Africa

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Brenton on Sea

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Finally in Knysna

The distance from Mossel Bay to Knysna is only one and a half hour per car. But we have spent the entire morning driving through village after village. Tired and hungry we now park at the nearest restaurant facing the Knysna Lagoon….

The next phase of our journey, from Knysna to Port Elizabeth, or wherever we have to take a break, to be published soon…

NB: I do post a lot of pictures, because I honestly can’t help myself. Starting with a phase, I believe that I will end up in a specific town, but halfway I realize that exhaustion will prevent my readers from enjoying the entire trip. And this is the reason why the name of the url and the hub is not the same. (One day I will know how to change the name of an url!)

Languages spoken in:

 
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa
Other
George
63.1%
7.8%
25.8%
3.2%
Wildernis
68.5%
23.7%
4.9%
2.9%
Sedgefield
48.8%
26.7%
18.2%
6.3%
Source: Wikipedia

Lunch in Knysna, South Africa

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Knysna Lagoon on a cloudy day, South Africa
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Marcy Goodfleisch 23 months ago from Planet Earth

I would LOVE to see this area! South Africa has been on my wish list for vacations. Thanks for reminding me not to let go of that dream!


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Such beautiful country, Martie. I really want to thank you for this series. I absolutely love the travel articles that you write.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Martie, you've taken us on another beautiful journey. I bet the people who live in the homes by the water in Sedgefield wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world, so beautiful. Of course if I were there, the craft market would be my first place to visit, then the Holy Trinity church and cemetery. The classic cars would also be interesting. Thank you for taking us along your tour of Africa. I've enjoyed this adventure with you..


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Martie...You have worn me to a frazzle on this lovely Journey, but I couldn't be more grateful. You should definitely be the Official South African Director of Tourism. However, I'm sure you are worth much more than they would be willing to pay!....I can only imagine the fabulous time you have had bringing this great tour to your readers.....UP++++Peace, Paula


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sista,

This is the perfect hub to unwind with after a long day. Like Ruby, I love the photographs you so generously share with us in this series.

This looks like it was both a fun and a beautiful leg of your adventure...

I was enamored with the Farmer's Market and the Crafts Market at Sedgefield...and can imagine the good time you and Mr B had at the Classic Car show.

Yet, I could easily get lost in the peaceful isolation of Wilderness, Brenton on Sea and Buffels Bay.

Thank you for the detail and charm you are putting into this masterful series. Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, mar


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Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

You do South Africa proud with your interesting tour articles. I've often driven this trip when I lived in St Frances Bay and in Port Elizabeth and I have seen the Sedgefield Classic Car displays. Will share !


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

Mmm. That shellfish looks delicious, Martie! I particularly enjoyed Sedgefield. From the farmers market to the crafts market to the classic car show, I would be in heaven! Buffels Bay is pretty, too. You sure have some pretty countryside in South Africa!


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Martie

Your travel hubs open up a whole new world for me. Oh, how I have longed to see South Africa. I feel as though I am right there, traveling along the Indian Ocean, (the Garden Route) with all its scenic beauty.

After living in Hawaii (Kauai) with it's mild climate I would be right at home in this area. I would love to visit the seaside villages and Little Brak.

Your fantastic photos along with the array of descriptions make it possible for the reader to transfer from a boring position at the computer to the 'real thing.'

I'm a bit jealous of Sha (bravewarrior) for having the opportunity to experience Sedgefield and pick up fresh food at the farmers market. :)

Thanks Martie for bringing my dreams of South Africa to life. I will be back for future visits. Voted up +++ and pinning along with sharing.

Happy New Year my amazing friend.

Audrey


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Marcy Goodfleisch – Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the best seasons to visit South Africa. Make sure you have a reliable tour guide (like me – lol!). I would not recommend sole-touring of my country. If you don’t have relatives/friends to accompany you, you have to tour with a well-organized group. South Africa is beautiful, but criminals of all kinds are everywhere and they see ignorant tourists as soft targets.

@ billybuc – I am so glad for this opportunity to provide to you the same kind of pleasure that I enjoy when reading your hubs :)

@ always exploring – I would not mind making Sedgefield my hometown. Living among all those creative people must be like living in heaven. This part of SA has it all – the sea, rivers, forests, and mountains. I am so glad you enjoy this tour, Ruby. Most probably I will need only one more hub for this one. But then I have so many others to share. However, this one was the best so far. Oh, at Belvidere, at the church, I was overwhelmed with gratefulness because I was enjoying the opportunity to see the most beautiful places thanks to Mr. B – the living angel in my life.

@ fpherj48 – thanks for making me the Director of Tourism. I do believe that all countries should strive to be a haven for tourists. I am indeed enjoying the making of this picture tour just as much as I have enjoyed the tour itself. Isn’t this the wonder of writing – we can re-live our experiences over and over.

@ marcoujor – I so wish I were a billionaire. I would bring all my friends on HubPages down to SA and take them on a tour. Go figure! I am not praising myself, but the organizing of tours is one of my fortes. We will have a ball :) Thanks for the votes and for sharing. Love you lots!

@ Nadine May – Time prevented us to see all there is to see. What a dream that will never realize: Touring from town to town and staying until I have seen and heard ALL there is to see and hear. Remember, the Afrikaans writer Pieter Pieterse and his wife (or girlfriend), whom he called ‘The Ingelsman’, did this until he was so tragically killed. Your opinion, in your capacity as my fellow-South African, counts a lot! Thanks for sharing! BTW, I couldn’t get further than Knysna in this hub. The Tsitsikamma-forest lies ahead of us :)

@ bravewarrior – The tranquility of the coastal villages appeals to me. The one is as beautiful as the other. Imagine, going for a long walk on the beach before residing in your study – with a view on the ocean – to write your heart out? Unfortunately during holidays these coastal towns and villages are overcrowded – good for the people on holiday and for the businesses, but a nuisance for the local residents.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear vocalcoach – Wonderful to know that you feel as though you are right here. This is what I would like all readers to feel, so, I post a lot of pictures to be enlarged as they wish. Whenever you feel like driving along South Africa’s coast line, just get yourself comfortable with a cup of tea and open one of my travelling hubs. Is this not the next wonder besides books and movies? Happy New Year to you, too, my dear Audrey :)


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Martie a beautiful place indeed. I like the photos and the introduction is so interestingly told. Voted up, interesting, useful,and beautiful.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Martie, if a place named Wilderness is so beautiful, imagine all the others. I have to catch up on some other legs of the journey, but I think this one is outstanding. You seem to be having a whale of a good time. Thanks for sharing it.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ DDE – Thanks for your lovely comment. I try to keep the introductions brief. Just appreciating the landscapes and whatever comes in sight, one doesn’t want to be bombarded with too much information.

@ MsDora - when you get the time, just enjoy a virtual holiday in SA by starting at the first phase of this tour.


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

Hi Martie, I have loved your hubs about your travels, such a fascinating country and so beautiful too, you are one lucky lady! lol! hope you enjoyed your trip, nell


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Hi Martie,

I am so jealous of all of your wonderful travels. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos here with us all and taking us along on your travels. You are an excellent tour guide no doubt!

It is so lovely to see your beautiful countryside through your eyes while you are traveling. This is a special treat for the new year.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Peace and blessings and continued safe travels ...


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your tour must be an absolutely wonderful experience, Martie! Thank you so much for giving us a virtual tour of the areas that you've visited.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM

Martie: Your photos are breathtaking. I have so enjoyed reading these travel hubs of yours. I know very little about S. Africa and these armchair virtual tours and so interesting for me. I feel like I am beginning to know a bit about your country. Thank you so much for sharing your trip, your country and your hubs with us. You are quite the ambassador for your country. I bet a travel magazine would pick up these articles about your country. They are very well done, Martie. Happy New Year to you and I wish you all the best in 2015.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Nell Rose – If we can only get rid of criminals. Since January 1st 2015 – 8 days ago - the following brutal black on white killings – unfortunately I don’t know the statistics of any other killings, but it would be about 7-10 time more than this, and I am not emphasizing black on white killings because I am a racists, but only because I happen to know the statistics held by a very determined activist.

1. Chris Botes (42) Sonlandpark – Shot dead.

2. Skippie de Klerk (30) Rustenburg – Shot dead.

3. Andre du Preez (75) Hartbeespoort – Bludgeoned to death.

4. Malcolm Green (69) Estcourt – Shot dead.

5. Philip Matheus (64) Walkerville – Throat slit.

6. Susan Kotze (72) Ellisras – Strangled.

7. Frans Lotz (Pretoria) – hijacked – his body was found in Nelspruit.

Yesterday a Swedish tour group has been robbed in Khayelitsha, Cape Town –

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Swedish-tou...

Khayelitsha, Cape Town - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khayelitsha

@ Faith Reaper – I am so glad you are enjoying this tour :) Thanks for the beautiful wishes. I am wishing the same for you :)

@ AliciaC – Tours like this are in fact an escape from reality and also a painkiller. And this brings us to the fact that seeing and experiencing beautiful nature instigate the release of positive chemicals.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

suzettenaples – Thank you for your lovely comment. Your opinion means a lot to me! May 2015 also meet all your expectations :)


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Martie. This is great. I feel like I should be pitching in for petrol. I think it is so nice that you are getting a chance to travel.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi mckbirdbks, so sorry you had to wait 3 days for my response. Time is flying down here, and even faster now that I am back at work again and also back to my novel. We are so happy down here because the price of fuel has dropped. We are already looking forward to a week’s getaway in April and again 2 weeks in October. Whereto we still wonder. Thanks for riding along, Mike :)


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Pro Shell 22 months ago from Vereinigten Staaten

Thanks for this series, It's a window into life in South Africa


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Pro Shell, too many people in this world have no idea what South Africa looks like. They see only sensational news on TV that make them jump to the wrong conclusions. I am glad you are enjoying this tour.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

Love the beautiful photos. I still don't care for the seafood though even it is is beautifully photographed.


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

poetryman, I, too, don't care much for exotic seafood, although I love fish and shrimps. Nice to see you in my corner :)


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM

Martie, this is just a wonderful tour of S. Africa. I think I like the coastal cities and beaches the best. I am amazed by the diversity of climates and land - from mountains to deserts to beaches. You have it all in S. Africa. I love the sub-tropic and tropic climes the best. Thanks for showing us your beautiful country. Your photos are outstanding.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Suzette, I am so glad you enjoy this tour. Each and every climate/biome has a beauty of its own. I am glad I don't have to choose a region at this stage of my life. In the past, too, the choices of residences were made by others or by circumstances. Being closer to relatives seems to be the main inspiration when it comes to the choice of residence, although the attraction of the sea, when it is an option, may be stronger than the attraction of beloved relatives.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I don't know how I missed this leg of the journey! I think each hub you wrote brought us more beauty. The pictures here are breathtaking. What a beautiful, beautiful place.

You did not put too many pictures at all. Each one was a great share and I'm sure I'm not the only one that loved each and every one.

I don't think you can change the URL, you can change the title but the URL stays the same.

Thank you again for this wonderful trip through South Africa.

Voted all but funny and shared.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi tillsontitan! Thanks for enjoying this beautiful tour with me. I still have one-two legs to go, but work and the novel I am writing are keeping me just too busy! And this weekend we will be on the road again :)


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AudreyHowitt 21 months ago from California

Just beautiful! Lately, I am reading these travel articles and wanted to pack my bags!


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Wowza! South Africa just keeps getting more stunning with each tribute article you create. It is no wonder you are the SAA, you take your title very serious! The beaches are beautiful and I enjoyed my tour tremendously, just what I needed...a mini-escape! Thank you! :)


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Just Ask Susan 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I have a friend from South Africa but she never told me how beautiful it really is there. I don't know why she'd choose to leave such a beautiful country. I'll have to ask her.

Another wonderful photo tour Martie.


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Audrey! Travelling is the best way to get ourselves out of the rut. Just pack your bags and go for it :)


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear Sunshine, when I started this series, I had an idea: If I can't bring my friends to SA, I will take SA to them :) Glad you experienced this as a mini-escape. You need at least one a week :)


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Susan! Sadly, SA's beautiful nature gets spoiled by criminals, incompetent leaders and bad public services on a daily basis. I honestly envy your friend, but most of all I pray that all people in this country evolved overnight into 1st World citizens :)


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Pamela99 20 months ago from United States

Martie, I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to see all these beautiful area for myself, but through your fabulous pictures I have see more than I would have expected. I really enjoyed this tour and the pictures really made the descriptions come alive. Great hub.


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MartieCoetser 20 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi dear Pamela, I believe a picture tour like this is the second best choice. It gives the reader an idea of how the country really looks like - it doesn't only show the beautiful, but what a person inside a car or bus will see as they travels from A-Z. Good to have you on the bus, Pamela. I still have one or two hubs to publish, but other obligations keep me terribly busy these days :)


ladylyell 12 months ago

I am lucky to be able to live in George and visit all these beautiful places on a regular basis. I feel as though I live in Paradise every day!

Thanks for the hub. Have a nice day


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MartieCoetser 12 months ago from South Africa Author

Ladylyell, you are indeed living in one of the most beautiful regions in SA. I envy you!

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