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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SA Diversity Tour (25-28/02/2014) Day 41-44 Tsitsikamma

Part 4 – Tsitsikamma National Park
The four days spent there are some of the most relaxing days of the tour.

The early morning sunrise over the sea was splendid and the colours, amazing.
It was a step down from where we camped to the rocky shore to spend time looking into the tidal pools.
The water is so clear, that it is easy to see the life in it and these crabs scuttling around the rocks.
My favourite was this tiny crab who thought he could scamper into the crevice above the shell and not be seen.
Over the years the action of the waves has made many interesting formations in the rocks.
I think this grasshopper got lost as he was clinging to a rock near the water. Was he tired of eating leaves and was after some shrimp or prawns? LOL!!
Kelp Gulls were all over the rocky shores and at this time of year, many young ones were to be seen.
I really dislike cockroaches but this one was HUGE!! About 2cm (1”) in length!!
The colours in the rocks along the coastline here is magnificent.
I did not count them but I would love to know how many Rock Hyrax there are in just this small area alone. It seems that every rock had one or a family on it.
Some of the hikes in the area go passed and around beautiful areas such as this.
The Park offers a variety of accommodation to suite all tastes and preferences. This is part of the camping ground which has wonderfully clean ablution blocks.
The chalets are all build along the shoreline with tremendous views. Behind them in the bush are the Bush chalets which gives one a lot of privacy as do the other chalets which are built far away from each other.
No matter where you stay, the view is of the ocean.
This is one of the Erica’s found growing in the region and at all times of the year makes a brilliant splash of colour against the green vegetation.
 Nearby, the Paul Bridge spans the Stormsriver Mouth.
This was a very interesting find for me. I know that Woodlice are found all over including out gardens but on some low rocks in the sea, there were hundreds of them crawling around too. It seems that they have adjusted to the saltiness of the water.
The accommodation areas are built into part of the forest and small mushrooms such as these can be found there.
After four glorious days, it was time to move on and I said a reluctant goodbye to the sea.

1 comment:

Gaelyn said...

Definitely one of the most relaxing places we stayed. Will definitely want to return.