Peed on by a serval cat at Emdoneni

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Monday, June 5, 2006

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A sad day- having to leave the Drakensbergs with so many mountains yet to be discovered! I have a feeling I'll be back here one day!

On the road again, this time over to St. Lucia for what was a nice drive over to the coast. We passed through some bush, some cactus strew landscapes, a sections where acacia provided a canopy tunneling the road, miles and miles of sugar cane and finally the coast and a return to the Indian Ocean. From here we got on the N2 and headed north.

Driving seems to be very courteous over this side of the country (or maybe people are just worries of the consequences if they aren't courteous), people will pull over into the hard shoulder to allow you to pass, also when overtaking the car behind will wait for you to complete your maneuver before following instead of following 2 feet up your backside giving you no backout options.

We stopped in Empangeni for fish (hake) and chips, not as good as Simon's Town, but passable. We then continued up the N2 through lots of eucalyptus plantations to Isinkwe, a place rated the best backpackers in South Africa by Lonely Planet.

We saw Red Duiker on the way up the driveway, surely a good sign. I have to say it was a nice place but not fantastic, certainly not a patch on Inkosana. We got some information from reception, but a whole load of it later tuned out to be wrong.

I knew what I was glad of though when we arrived here - that was to get out of the car, we covered 1800km over the last 9 days over what could be described as some great and some terrible roads.

That evening we went to Emdoneni Lodge an interesting endangered cat conservation center. They had wild cats, caracal, serval cats and cheetahs. I'd been wanting to see caracal my whole trip and they turned out to be a lot smaller than I thought.

We got to go in the cage with the serval cats, although one sprayed me, this provided much entertainment for all the other tourists and something interesting for Max, the dog at the hostel to sniff at.

The wild cats we saw looked just like a tabby you'd have at home in your living room and I'm not sure if the whole wild cat thing was a set up to lure in unsuspecting tourists!

We also went in to feed the cheetah. One of these old ladies was about 15 years old, a super old age for a cheetah, she had recently amazingly managed to catch a impala on the outside of her cage from the inside as it ran past - a pretty amazing feet if you think about the fact the gaps are about 4x4 inches!

This place was $10 well spent. We came back to Insinkwe to see the bush babies that we were told would be fed at 7pm. For some reason they had been fed earlier that evening, so we missed the feeding!
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Where I stayed
Emdoneni Lodge
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