Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
149Trip End Dec 24, 2008
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Our first stop is a famous stretch of South African coastline known as the Garden Route, beautiful beaches and scenery. The first town is Jeffereys bay, or J-Bay, home of one of the most famous surf breaks in the world. We pitched our tent at a hostel perched on top of a huge sand dune and someone shouted "Whales". Out at sea we spotted a whale tail splashing down and high plumes of spray coming from the others. Cruising past was a group of Southern right whale's, a common sighting in the Western cape area this time of the year.
At the hostel we talked to Cas who is Xhosa, he pointed out the white areas, the coloured areas and the black township - where he lives. As a young boy he saw his mother being beaten up by a white policeman because his uncle was a 'freedom fighter' but his mother had raised him to forgive the white people and this is what he says he tries to do. He says he's happiest living in the shanty town townships and wouldn't want to live in the white or coloured area. He believes coloureds have no culture and don't really belong anywhere, that they drift between the black South Africans and the white South Africans.
Our next stop is Plettenburg bay, another awesome bay with houses and shops perched around the hillside overlooking the bay. We rent mountain bikes and head off into the Outenigua park following a trail through pine forests, waterfalls and part of the coast. Kat manages several great impressions of Eve on long way down as she slips over on the loose gravel.
After five days we reach the end of garden route and head North to Route 62, the longest wine route in the world.
Love Dan & Kat