Marooned!!!

Plettenberg Bay Travel Blog

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This was a petrol station
On Thursday, we woke up to beautiful blue skies in PE. We spent the morning with Mike & Imelda Shafto, doing the sites of PE. They live almost opposite St. George's Park, so we had a look around the cricket ground and Tom took some photos. We then strolled through the park itself to the Anglo-Boer war memorial.

We decided to hit the road at about 12pm in order to make it to Jeffrey's Bay (J-Bay) in time for lunch. The town is famous for its surf but we didn't have time for a dip. We were recommended a place for lunch which did good veggie food and the chef had previously worked in the UK with Jamie Oliver - the first place in SA that I had come across that sold veggie burgers!!!! We found the lure of J-Bay quite tempting, in particular the number of factory surf clothes outlets, so we could have stayed longer just to shop!!!

Anyway, we wanted to get to Plettenberg Bay (Plett) before dark so we pressed on.
Why we couldn't get to Dave's place
Just before we got to Tsitsikamma, we saw black skies ahead and the heavens opened. I followed Dave's directions to his place in Keurboomstrand but our bad luck began when we realised that the road was completly flooded and we couldn't get through - in fact the water was more than waist deep, so even higher-up 4x4's and bakkies did not seem to be able to get through. We rang Dave's neighbour (Sone) who explained they were under water, so we decided not to risk going there.

The water levels almost came up to the bridge and there was all sorts of debris being washed into the lagoon - from whole trees to oil drums. A tour of Plett and we saw that the carpark on the beach was underwater and that the lagoon no longer existed - the river had broken through the sand to make it an island!!! 

In desperation, we tried to look for alternative accommodation - hostels were out due to "Matric Ranges" - in English that means students who'd finished A levels coming here en masse to go on the piss.
Thyme & Again
They were piling into hostels as the caravan park was also flooded. Eventually we found a friendly B&B owner who offered us a bed.

The next day we woke up, only to find the rain still in full torrent (enough to drench you on a 10m stroll from B&B to car!) and worse news that the N2 between here and George was shut so no open route between here and Cape Town. So our wonderful plans of enjoying beach life, beautiful scenery and hiking Storms River have all gone to pot.

We think the only option could be to drive back to PE and drive inland to Cape Town via Bloemfontain - ouch! Fortunately Mike & Imelda are able to put us up if required and they have still missed the rain!





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This was a petrol station
This was a petrol station
Why we couldnt get to Daves place
Why we couldn't get to Dave's place
Thyme & Again
Thyme & Again
This is how bad driving conditions…
This is how bad driving condition…
Where we stayed 25 years ago (the …
Where we stayed 25 years ago (the…
The Karoo
The Karoo
Plettenberg Bay
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