The magic of meandering is the essence of leisure travel, and this particular route, which ends up in the Tsitsikamma forests, has it all: an awesome lighthouse, fine trails, good surf, wonderful eating spots, great farm stalls and the adventure of simply flying through the forests on a canopy tour.
Lets begin at the Cape Recife lighthouse, just near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Summerstrand.
If the light keepers available, ask him for a tour of the facility and the little museum on the ground floor.
The Cape Recife Nature Reserve is also the site of our first walking trail on this trip, most of which is going to be spent outside our vehicle.
Its a 9km circular walk, and theres excellent birding to be done along this route too. We then head off down the N2 and at Humansdorp we head for Surf Central, Jeffreys Bay, also known fondly as 'J-Bay'. It doesnt matter that youre not a surfer, just hanging out at Supertubes beach and watching the water babies riding their boards is enough of a thrill. Of course, if youre there in July, you might catch some of the Billabong Pro action, when surfers from all over the world come to match their wave skills.
Now were off to the nearby Port St Francis for a chokka fest.
The eateries of this sophisticated port, the newest in South Africa, mostly specialise in the fine calamari fished off these shores.
After dinner, we check in at our overnight lodgings, a chic self-catering apartment overlooking the port and its moored fleets of chokka boats and yachts. Staying in these super-luxury apartments gives you the freedom to eat in or out, and call your own hours.
Today, were going to the wooded village of Storms River. First stop on the way is the Oudebosch Farm Stall for some curio shopping and a friendly chat with the owner, Dewald Pretorius.
Presently, we arrive in Storms River and drop our bags off in our rooms at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, a rather lovely Cape-style collection of units in the centre of Storms River.
We walk down the main road to the headquarters of Stormsriver Adventures for a full day in the forest, which begins with a canopy tour through the giant Outeniqua yellowwood trees.
The afternoon is spent on the Tsitsikamma Woodcutter's Journey, which takes nearly three hours and is probably one of the most relaxing and informative forest experiences in South Africa.
The next morning its a short hop to Natures Valley, which is also where the famous Otter Trail ends.
Lace up your walking shoes once more, because were going to stretch our legs and go for a soul stroll in the glorious Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.GUEST REVIEWS Recently we did the Dolphin Trail and Stan was our guide.