The next day was bungy time!
! Dave got us to the bridge at 9ish and not for the first time on this trip i kieked it as we looked down from the viewing platform! MONSTER DROP! I got harnessed up and then walked across the bridge which was one scary walk as everyone was on a metal mesh walkway so you could see straight down beneath you. Everyone gripped the edges as they walked, except Kala, who was strangely at ease!! Why wasn't she jumping??!! "Inval, you're up first, Lucy second and Tommy, you're up 3rd....!!!" who the f@ck is Tommy?? At no point did I write Tommy on my form!! "It's Paul mate!" They had to push Inval off (American girl who chatted ALOT!!) because she was borin them.....I was up next. It all happened quickly actually....2 of them got me to the edge and ducked from under my arms....then I just heard them count down.....3.....2.....1.....BUNGEEEEEEEE......!! I launched myself off! Silence for the first 2 seconds then the noise hit me and the relief when you feel the chord pull is nice! It worked!! A guy winched himself down to get me. "Please get off me...!" I must have wrapped myself around him because I was frightened ha ha!! AMAZING experience!! No cameras allowed on the bridge so pics to follow.
The afternoon saw us tale a stroll along the beach as we awaited the wonder that was the Baz Bus!! Got soaked by a wave and burnt by the sun!! Now I look like a Cornetto....white body, brown face and red shoulders! Kala's feet are black!! Got on the bus again...what....Kay and Amin again....are you guys following us ha ha!!?
! Arrived late at Jikileza Hostel in Port Elizabeth. "You must be Paul and Melissa..??!" Yeah that's us!!! Weird Mike showed us around the large (empty) hostel and then dumped us in a wooden hut at the bottom of the garden!! So we are sleeping in the shed!!! Cheers Mike!! Didn't wanna sleep inside anyway!!!!!
Sunday morning saw us go on a township tour. A township is a poorer area where people live in shacks made from sheets of metal. There is no electricity and only a communal water tap. Despite the issue of race being significantly reduced since Mandela was elected as president in 1994, a large percentage of black people still live in the townships as they cannot afford to buy houses outside of them. The areas that used to be whites only have become mixed as black people now have the choice of living there, if they can afford it. Having said that, there was evidence of some successful black people building houses on the edge of a township as they did not want to move away from their roots and their friends. Prior to the tour, a South African called Nelson (you couldn't write it...!) took us around Port Elizabeth and gave us a brief history. One aspect that stood out to us was that they used to have 'buffer zones' whereby blacks would live on one side of the buffer zone, whites on the other and nobody would be allowed on the zone itself. If so, they risked arrest! Thankfully, few of these exist today. In all honesty we both felt a little awkward and uncomfortable entering the township as 'tourists' but although their living conditions are difficult, there is a real sense of togetherness within each township. They look out for one another. Nelson took us to his local pub within the township where he lives and we had a drink there, before visiting an arts and crafts centre there to buy a couple of bits from Barbara, the hostess! We were made to feel very welcome! Interesting day!
So after all the frenzy and commotion of those ridiculous ostriches (pics now on by the way - I don't know what happened there) we could all finally relax and unwind.....and prepare to throw ourselves of a 216 metre high bridge at the next place..!!! Plettenberg Bay was the next stop, home of Bloukrans Bridge, the highest commercial bridge bungy jump in the world! However, that was not till Saturday. On Friday we did a bit of a walk around Robberg peninsular in 'Plett'. On the way out it was all calm and we saw a bit of wildlife from afar (couple of dolphins, loads of seals and a shark) and then on the way back....CARNAGE!! The wind was HOWLIN out there!! Waves were crashing against the shore and at times it got a bit frisky!! At one point we headed up another small peak and got hammered by sand and it was that windy that my ears were flapping!! (I've not got the smallest of ears, but still.....sick!!)!! 'Keenan and Kell' picked us up in a taxi and got us out of the wind!