Food in Lower Baakens Valley

 

Welcome to the food in Lower Baakens Valley: a meal for any time of day. This selection of restaurants is some of our favourites in Port Elizabeth. The food scene in Port Elizabeth will have you coming back for more!

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Lady Slipper Hike

 

Something a little different for us but here’s a poem on the Lady Slipper Hike in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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LADY SLIPPER

The Timeless Voyagers hiked up Lady Slipper,
to explore new places as two trippers.
The path was marked and often pretty steep,
with mesmerising silence leaving not a peep.

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We stopped frequently to enjoy the views and smells,
taking breaks for our lungs to swell.
Once at the top of Lady Slipper,
we kicked back with Grapetisers for a sipper.

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We ate our snack whilst sitting on rocks,
appreciating the sights with no socks.
The wind picked up and it got colder,
so we swung the rucksack on our shoulder.

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We started the journey of descent,
and it was time together well spent.
Enjoying the mountain’s path meander,
we had fun chats, laughs and candour.

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The hike is clean with no litter in sight,
so let us keep it that way, alright!
A restaurant is placed at the mountain’s base,
so find a space and enjoy the place.

To our family, friends and fellow travellers: a hike well worth it!
But remember to get that R20 permit.

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We wish you farewell with no further distraction and look forward to your next interaction. Hopefully you enjoyed this blog post and will hike Lady Slipper to toast.

See the Facebook Pages for Lady Slipper and Falcon Rock Country Restaurant for routes. The hike is steep and can be slippery so wear the appropriate shoes, don’t hike alone, and watch your step.

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Lady Slipper Hike Poem. The Timeless Voyagers
Lady Slipper Poem

Thunzi Bush Lodge stay and picnic

 

After an unforgettable experience at the off the grid tipi in Knysna for my birthday (see post here), a romantic weekend at the four-star Thunzi Bush Lodge was a great addition to our birthday month! Thunzi Bush Lodge is a mere 30 minutes from central Port Elizabeth, in the direction of Jeffreys Bay (see posts here and here). The experience at the lodge was perfection. We have recommended it to our family and friends, as we will definitely be returning at some point.

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A day visit to Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park is one of the largest South African National Parks (SANParks). Addo covers five different biomes and includes a Marine Protected Area. The park hosts the Big 7 – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, southern right whale and the great white shark (we saw your Big 5 Kruger, and raised you by two 😉 ). It is also one of the most visited SANParks parks, welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. 

Living in the friendly windy city of Port Elizabeth, we are only 30 minutes from the bottom gate of Addo. It’s the perfect micro-adventure to fill a day and see some of the most majestic animals on our continent. We often self-drive around the park but we have joined the park game drives and had brilliant experiences.

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A guide to markets in Port Elizabeth

 

Port Elizabeth has a brilliant combination of friendly people and amazing markets. One of the best things about our town is that “Support Local” is fully embraced. Here is your alphabetical guide to some of the markets in Port Elizabeth.

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Kragga Kamma Game Park

 

Kragga Kamma Game Park is about a 30-minute drive from central Port Elizabeth and should be on any visitors sight-seeing list.

Daniel had visited the Park with his family in their early years in South Africa. This was my first time. At the entrance gate, we had a quick toilet break and spotted a white rhino with its calf on the hillside – a sign it was going to be a wonderful day! After paying R80 per person at the gate, and ready with a pen and animal sighting checklist, we drove into the Park. No matter how often I see animals in the wild, I love the experience.

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