A flower filled day in the countryside.
As famous and well known as the Namaqualand spring flower extravaganza is, then as unknown and unheard of is the wonderland of the Eastern Cape’s flowering Aloe display.
8:30 am pick up at place of residence in Port Elizabeth we head north east out of town towards the Addo Elephant National Park travelling on the western perimeter of this famous wildlife refuge.
Here we come across a landscape filled with the lovely Coral Aloes, Aloe striata, a low growing grey coloured aloe with a flat crown of coral pink blooms that brighten the dull landscape. From here we continue for a short drive through Addo Elephant National Park and exit into the historical Albany district, where we travel through lush Albany thicket spotting stands of tall shade loving Aloe pluridens and Aloe ferox, the Bitter Aloe, with its bright orange, multi stemmed inflorescence.
Reaching the N10 we continue to the base of the pass before turning off for more Eastern Cape gravel travel as we wind our way through many of the private game reserves that conserve the fauna and flora of this area. This is a historic area and we pass many delightful old farm houses with the inevitable quaint village church keeping an eye on the local brethren. Here we keep watch on the veld for the many species of antelope, Giraffe and Zebra as well as the occasional Elephant and any animal, birds or reptile that care to show themselves in this game rich countryside.
Arriving on the back roads through, rugged landscapes at the historic, university City of Grahamstown, we stop for a deserved lunch break before taking in a number of the special buildings and sites and monuments to the early farmers (Boers) and settlers of this important centre.
We continue to a beautiful stand of Aloe ferox on the road side before returning to Grahamstown to descend down into some of the valleys that where home to the early settlers and places that ignited the spark to flame yet another war between the British and the Xhosa warriors in this area before arriving at the historical town of Bathurst and onto Port Alfred before taking the picturesque coastal route back to Port Elizabeth and your accommodation.
Rate per person: R 2200.00
Minimum two persons
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