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... the amazing Knysna Heads.
Back on the road again - more phenomenal mountain passes and scenic beauty and a stop at the oldest working ostrich farm in the area. Some of the more adventurous in our group actually took a ride on an ostrich and afterwards we watched an ostrich race (our favourite, Speedy Gonzales, won) and then enjoyed a feast of succulent tender ostrich meat.
Then back on the bus heading for Stellenbosch in the heart of the winelands region.
... it's scarily high, and still a taboo subject (many many deaths are blamed on TB or other illnesses).
On the whole I was really glad I'd done that visit, certainly not what I expected in many ways. Yes there is poverty, unemployment etc, but it seemed to lack the sense of desperation that I'd half expected to see. What I'm unsure about is whether this is unique to Knysna, or really representative of township life across the country.
Most of the tube lines were then closed, followed by the worst service ever in Heathrow Wagamamas (the best hangover cure ever) followed by an 11 hour overnight flight with no sleep - even for Dean... When we finally did land we jumped merrily into our hire car and drove 6 hours to Wilderness.
The scenery we drove through was spectacular. Enormous undulating fields of just harvested wheat in those cylindrical bales backed by mountains. ...
... do this is with a private transfer, where the guide whizzes directly up to the front and does everything for you.
And then, we were stamped out of Zim and on our way back to Jo’burg where disaster awaited!
I will not go into the boring details, but SAA "off-loaded" us because we "arrived too late" at the gate. This is utter BS, and very infuriating. We were made to go ...
... I swam over to go under the waterfall, but Anna didn't fancy the water, which was a very odd shade of brown.
After eating a delicious and nutritious family size bag of crisps we headed back to our canoe and the paddle back to the centre.
The bus picked us up from our hostel at 1:30pm and we then travelled till 10:30pm which meant we got to see Cape Town lit up at night. Unfortunately the bus was full of smelly loud teenagers who obviously hadn't ...