Week Three - Garden Route
Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
50Trip End Aug 24, 2004
Dropped off hire car to Avis and boarded 7.20am Baz Bus to Knysna. Were to stop at Mossel Bay but look on Belinda and Jo's face previous night changed our minds. Baz Bus a small 16 seater mini bus, no toilets or any other facilities, other than a video and entertaining bus driver named Sam. Bus stopped every few hours for comfort breaks/lunch for passengers and for Nicola to throw up after previous night's excess or bug - not sure which. At Mossel Bay, five people got on, we were to get off but didnt and two people had to sit on the floor of the bus - always making a scene. Arrived at Knysna at 5pm, checked into Caboose - train themed hotel. Peter got a few beers, Nicola threw up again and in bed for 8pm.
Day 16 - Wednesday 10 September 2003
Up 5.30am due to room being directly below breakfast kitchen
Day 17 - Thursday 11 September 2003
Hired another car from Plettenberg Bay Hire Co (white car again) to drive to indigeneous forest - 30k inland from Kynsna. 6.5k Kerblans Hike through forest (boring) then drove onto Jubilee Creek for 3.6k hike to natural swimming pool - hike past old gold mining sites, easy and enjoyable. Back to K out to 'Heads' for sundowners and dinner at Paquita's at 'The Eastern Head' - oustanding location for restaurant, waves crashing against windows. Food didnt match the location but Nicola ordered (and ate) first fish meal.
Day 18 - Friday 12 September 2003
Drove to Plett Bay to drop off car and booked into first backpacker's hostel - Nothando's - Nicola very nervous - but no need
Day 19 - Saturday 13 September 2003
Up early for whale watching but all boat tours cancelled to due to high easterly winds and rough sea conditions. Went instead on hostel minibus to Bloukrans Bridge to watch two English guys staying in our hostel, jump the highest bunjee in the world - think its 261m. We sat with three Irish girls, Mags, Marie and Louise and watched the boys jump their first jump. Couldn't believe height, 7 seconds freefall before rope slows - unbelieveable but cold standing round for four hours, although great crack with Irish girls. Off next to Monkey Land (sanctuary to rehabilitate monkeys into natural environment). Running late for Irish girls to catch Baz Bus but whizzed round and enjoyed. Back to hostel and then off to Moby Dick's for dinner. Peter had Crayfish (25 GBP) - most expensive dinner yet - just ok. Attracted attention for bill using Steve's international sign. Peter noted that urinals were filled with ice which made urinating fun.
Day 20 - Sunday 14 September 2003
Weather still inclement and unfortunately boat cancelled again
Day 21 - Monday 15 September 2003
Up to shared bathroom facilities - there's a first time for everything. Set off at 10 for safari with Johnnie our guide (who turned out to be brilliant - if you go there try and get Johnnie). First to Addo (one hour's drive). According to Johnnie we were unusually lucky to see so many elephants (approx 100 around water hole - elephants love the Irish), which set the scene for the rest of the day. On from there to Scotia, about 40 mins drive, transferred to 4x4 jeep with raised viewing seats and drove across Reserve to Lapa (thatched communal corral) for barbequed lunch - delish)