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Eastern Cape Drive – Part 3

At Cape St Francis, there is a small port with a fleet of trawlers. These boats fish for squid, which this stretch of coast is famous for, and other lovely eating fish that lives in the Southern Indian Ocean.

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Predictably, we had to sample their catch, so at lunch time, we headed for the local restaurant at Jeffreys Bay, which was packed at Sunday lunch.

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Their fish (a local variety of snapper) was succulent and very fresh. And like most things in South Africa, prices were very reasonable. This was about AUD $10!

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Eastern Cape Drive – Part 2

This part of the Eastern Cape coast is famous for its surf, and Jeffreys Bay is the most famous (or infamous perhaps) of the lot.

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The surf at Supertubes in winter is so fantastic that they host a round of the world surfing championships here. Yes, this was where Mick Fanning got attacked by a shark! It’s all about the swell and the wind direction, the locals say. We came in Spring and the wind was coming from the wrong direction, so the surf didn’t look too fantastic.

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As for sharks, the locals say that shark attacks are rare along this stretch of coast, so Mick Fanning was a bit unlucky. It was good to hear that he returned to Jeffreys Bay a year after the shark attack and won the surfing tournament (without incident).

Eastern Cape Drive – Part 1

We saw a little bit of the coast west of Port Elizabeth, too. It was sweeping, windy, and mainly sand dunes. Reminded me a lot of Western Australia, actually.

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There were plenty of aloes growing beach-side – not surprising since this was their natural habitat.

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And what’s a piece of windswept coast without a lighthouse. This one stands at Cape St Francis, about 100km to the west of Port Elizabeth.

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