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Funky Monkey Backpackers is set back from town in a quiet neighborhood. The only accommodation they had available was a large canvas tent with two beds, which we found odd because the place seemed pretty empty. Just as we had settled in with some beers and card games, 16 Finnish girls paraded into the common area in a sudden whirlwind of chatter and excitement. As the night went on we met some of the girls as well as ...
... found the lay-by and met the guardian, Michael. He searched the cliff face and indeed showed me the nesting ledge which has been used for the last 22 years. Sadly though there was no sign of either of the pair, and this year's youngsters had fledged and departed by the start of the year. We did managed to see 3 Peregrines, Cape Griffon Vultures and several African Black Swifts.
We headed back to Graskop stopping en route for a late picnic. 3 African Hawk Eagles ...
... car park a troop of Vervet Monkeys were greeting the tourists seeking every opportunity for mischief. Why do so many tourist think the animals are cute and have to feed them despite notices to the contrary. Monkeys, as you will read later, can be a real pest and, habituated, have no fear.
We moved on to the Lowveld Viewpoint for another of the classic postcard views of the area, one of the best views anywhere in the world. I ...
... next thing we knew we had
new people surrounding us pointing and talking animatedly. Our
Melmoth “hornbill team” is growing exponentially! Starting your
work day so early often means it ends early as well and, despite the
seemingly never ending rain, the farmers all made sure that we were
entertained. They took us on tours of their properties, all of which
were stunning landscapes used for a diversity of resources. Part
cattle grazing, part ...
... enough getting to the attraction, which basically consisted of jumping off a cliff with a bungee cord attached. The danger of the attraction was marked by a nearby shrine and chapel. I joked with Nat that the monuments might mark people who have died on the swing. This joke became less funny when we were soon advised it was likely fact...
We enjoyed a BBQ dinner, watched some Olympics and went to sleep around 9.30 for another early start and trip to Kruger!!