Travel Journal

Arniston - Further South than Cape Point

(Friday 24 April 2009) by Dopps Family
Arniston (Waenhuiskrans):
We shifted gears and started our journey towards Port Elizabeth and the beginning of the famous Garden Route. For the past week we’ve plotted our route using a multitude of maps from free brochures you get at tourists stands since we were too cheap to spend R150 on a real map of South Africa. Since everything else is relatively cheap here we thought it was robbery to spend over $15 for a map. Oh well, so far so good. Carola plays the part of “marvelous map maniac” and I’m the “doubting dumb driver” but it’s working for now. We also seem to have settled into a “two night town” routine. The kids always want to stay longer at each place since they all have something good to offer, such as a nice pool, the nearby beach, the bunk beds, but we must move on. The accommodations have varied considerably and most have been self-catering and averaging R600 per night and for the last 4 nights and for the next week we haven’t had any reservations, just show up and start looking. Not my preference but so far it is working. We ended up in Arniston just as the sun was setting and with Rough Guide and cell phone in hand we were unpacking 30 minutes later. Seems as though there’s either a cottage, guest house or B&B on every street and since Easter is over availability doesn’t appear to be a problem. Arniston is a tiny town with no real grocery store and only a couple places to eat – and one of them doesn’t exist anymore. The houses look like those in Paternoster (whitewashed) but with straw-thatch roofs. The sand here is very nice (as in clean, fine and smooth) and the winds are lighter and warmer. There are also large dunes that we climbed and played on today and some caves further west that we plan to explore tomorrow.
I also broke down and vacuumed the car today – there was a small sand dune building on the floor and one in the back seat which were getting hard to ignore. When we drop the Corolla off in PE we’ll have doubled the miles on it and it definitely won’t be a new car anymore.


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