Ostrich and Oyster's

Trip Start Nov 24, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Knysna Backpackers - Knysna
Backpackers Paradise - Oudtshoorn

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

After our relaxing days at Mossel Bay we travelled inland through beautiful mountainous scenery to Oudtshoorn, and our next hostel, Backpackers Paradise. This hostel certainly lived up to its name; beautifully set out, with separate sleeping area, kitchen and pub. We had a great dinner, BBQ roast chicken, a few drinks, some pool and an early night for our long day that followed. Early morning we were driven up to exploring the Cango caves, which have over the years formed an amazing tomb of stalactites and stalagmites which are unbelievable. We were then taken to an Ostrich farm where we were got the chance to feed, touch and Nicola even got the chance to ride the ostriches. Very surreal it was a horrible experience! Stupid birds! The mountain bikes were then unloaded form the van and we cycled to a beautiful little tea garden where we had an ostrich salad lunch (I sought my revenge!), followed by a dip in their pool. We then had a 12km (7 miles) bike ride in the 36 degree heat to a wildlife centre, where we were given a full tour of the park and all their exotic animals, including a big cat section of some incredible beasts. Finally, to top the day off we went in to the cage with the Cheetah cubs and played with them - what an amazing day!! A couple of beers later with Nick, a great Belgian guy we shared our dorm with, we were ready for our beds, knackered from our day.

Our next stop, Knysna, was a quiet little town known for its' big lagoon and its' oysters. The backpackers was an old Victorian style house and also very mellow, this, and the fact we had our first private room since our first nights in Cape Town, saw us falling asleep about 9 o'clock watching Harry Potter! The following day we ventured down to the waterfront before going on a cruise round the lagoon, along with a great lunch and a bottle of wine. That evening a group of lads from Jo'burg that were spending the night at the hostel asked us to join them for a braai (BBQ). So had a few drinks with them, a great laugh and amazing food; braai'd yellowtail fish, baked potatoes and watermelon, sensational. Before catching the bus the next afternoon we walked out to Thesen Island where the famous Knysna Oyster Company is, and tried some fresh oysters, which were actually quite tasty.
The last few days have been a good chance to recharge the batteries a bit and give the old liver a break. The scenery, hostels and people (local and fellow travellers) have all been amazing so far and we're having such a great time. Hope all is well.

Love Nicola and Peace Robbie. x  
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