The Road, Rain and the Tip

No we don’t have any travel advice or a major revelation for you, but more on the “tip” later. It has been about 48 hours since we began our two-week South African road trip. We said a sad goodbye to our lovely apartment in Fish Hoek and hit the road.

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The first 24 were somewhat uneventful… although we did get to see the world’s only Whale Crier in Hermanus.

The next 24 were wet. Really wet.  Not just Vancouver wet, but a full on monsoon over most of the Western Cape.

Unlike the brief but hard tropical rainstorms we experienced in Southeast Asia, the constant and very hard rain began yesterday afternoon and didn’t stop until this evening. It caused all kinds of havoc, including flooding and road closures. We didn’t really experience the first, but we got to experience the latter as we made our way from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas – the Southernmost Tip of Africa. A trip that would normally take an hour and a half took us four because we hit two road closures resulting in lengthy back tracking.

But we persevered and made it to the southernmost tip of Africa.

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There is only one road in and out of this area and if it keeps raining we have been told the road may be closed. Hopefully we can get out of here tomorrow…

Anyway here are a few more pictures of our last few days on the road.

Hermanus before the rain started

Hermanus before the rain started

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We actually saw quite a few whales just off the shore in Hermanus but I wasn't really ever quick enough with the camera

We saw quite a few whales just off the shore in Hermanus, but I wasn’t really ever quick enough with the camera

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Hanging at the Cape Agulhas backpackers lodge

Hanging at the Cape Agulhas backpackers lodge

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