Bungee and Braai

Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
Trip End Dec 07, 2008

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Tsitsikamma Lodge

Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Great breakfast at Emily Moon set us up for the day ahead. Also helped ease Steve's bad head! Bonus was the car had been cleaned! What service!

We drove down the trusty N2 and then the Grootrivier Pass where the views are stunning but a stupid cyclist rushed out in front of us causing a dramatic moment but no phsyical harm caused just shock on our part. Disappointed that we didn't see any baboons though. The end of the pass was closed so we headed back to the N2 and followed it to Bloukrans Bridge to watch the crazy bungee jumpers. I kept encouraging Steve to have a go, even offering to pay but he wasn't having any of it!

We then went the Storms River Mouth and took the walk down to the actual cliffs as the suspension bridge was closed. Have to admit that I grumbled during the whole walk as it wasn't flat and easy and I wasn't in the right footwear but adventurous Steve urged me on much like the time (one of our first dates) when he made me walk up Malham Cove in Yorkshire in my knee high boots and long denim skirt! Anyway, in his bid to stop me grunbling we played spot the animal (note, we hadn't been on safari yet so even small dull animals were exciting to us at this stage of our trip!) We saw a couple of lizards, one with a bright orange go faster stripe downs its body, more dassies, a little mouse that we spent ages trying to get a decent picture of but it kept moving and Steve's big spot, a big antelope thing just nestling behind some bushes!

Stopped off at Storms River Village for some lunch. We'd been told there was a pub in the hotel there but we could't find it so ate in a café affiliated to the Treetop Canopy experience and for a light lunch of a baked potato for me and a burger for Steve, it was pretty nice.

Drove on to our accommodation for the night - Tsitsikamma Lodge which is a bit like an 80s holiday camp! Wooden chalets in a park like setting. Ours was a honeymoon suite which meant we had a spa bath and it was up in the trees! It was a fun place to stay for one night but a bit too dated in my opinion for a longer stay. As we got there late afternoon and the weather was turning grey we didn't do any of the walking trails but if we had arrived earlier or didn't have to leave first thing in the morning it would have been fun. The strip tease trail looked particularly interesting. Instead of going for some exercise, I went for a pedicure whilst Steve had a snooze. The pedicure was meant to last an hour but took two!!! I think Steve thought I'd been kidnapped and he even came to find me! In hindsight I probably wouldn't have bothered with the pedi had I known it was going to take so long.

Anyway we got a braai equipment and food delivered: steak, chicken, lamb, sausages and some fish as well as sides of Greek salad and baked potatoes oh and a bottle of rosé. As there was fire involved Steve took over the cooking side of things and I just watched and shouted out encouragement. He had no idea how to start as they'd given us big logs and we've only ever used charcoal. I think he got quite stressed at one point as the logs were refusing to light and heat up and the chalet next door seemed to have a bigger fire going on...I think he might have felt threatened that there fire was bigger...Anyway it was dark by the time the braai was hot enough to cook on and I was all for eating inside but explorer Steve wanted to stay out so we did. I wanted to eat inside because there was this huge fruit bat flying around the trees near us...
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