KAROO NEWS - Meiringspoort, the gateway to the Garden Route when coming from the Great Karoo, not only has spectacular towering rock faces and a winding road, it is also home to 26 bridges with names that remind one of days long gone by.
Each crossing of the river which meanders through Meiringspoort has its unique name.
Names like Ontploffingsdrift, which is where a wagon load of dynamite once exploded, and Herrie se Drif, named after the famous elephant in one of the stories of CJ Langenhoven. Then there is Spookdrift, which one should probably avoid around midnight, and the infamous Dubbele Drift where many lorry drivers have misjudged the sharp bend and ended up in the riverbed below.
Take this scenic route and see how many of the names you and your family can remember. There are five picnic sites with ablution facilities that are cleaner than clean. The rest area more or less halfway into the Poort, is the largest and a short walk brings one to a spectacular waterfall and a cool rock pool in which to cool off. Be on the lookout for troops of baboons that are sometimes on the roadway and please do not feed them.
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