Getting stuck at Rocky Road, The Crags!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Rocky Road
The Beach House
Buffalo Bay Backpacker

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Afternoon all!
Long time no contact! Very little opportunities for internet over the last 2 - 3 weeks so now I am back in Jo-berg I will try and get some of this done - although the internet continually crashes so it may be bit by bit!
As it stands the internet crashed just after I typed that so I am back again writing this update from Sydney, Australia! 
Last time I wrote we were at The Beach House in Wilderness along the Garden Route. We stayed here for a few nights. A wonderful canoe trip in The Wilderness National Park was a wonderful experience. We were just given a map and paddles and off we went canoeing through gorges and the like to a point where we had to get out and walk (without the canoe I must add) to a waterfall where  we bumped into some fellow backpackers from The Beach House. Upon our return we popped into a lovely looking restaurant/bar in the village for a coffee and a few cocktails with some other buddies from the backpacker and ended up having a giggly evening.
Onwards and upwards the next day, we moved further along the Garden Route to Buffalo Bay - this has been one of my favorite spots thus far. A wonderful rugged beach which stretches for some km's and hardly a person in sight. The backpacker is right on the beach with nothing else around. We spent a couple of nights here, chilling on the beach as the weather was excellent for the duration, braai's in the evening with everyone else who was staying there and a few tipples and the odd springbok shot. The backpacker was run by local black south africans who were absolutely lovely guys to chat to and tell some very interesting stories of the years gone by in this country.
And so after a few nights we moved on in our trusty yoghurt pot to The Crags and stayed at Rocky Road. This place was introduced to us by two chaps doing a marketing tour whilst we were at Cape Agulhus so we were promised 50% off if we showed up so who are we to say no to an offer like that! And so here I explain the title of this section - Gettting stuck at Rocky Road. As it was cheap we decided to stay for 3 nights. This area and indeed the backpacker is stunning! Just down the road from Storms River and Natures Valley - two awesome places you just have to see it to believe it! The backpacker - which also runs a program for volunteers working locally in the area's township - is set in the most stunning gardens with a beautiful  mountain for the main view every morning you wake up. Just perfect. Due to the beauty of this place, the price (about 5 quid a night) and a few very drunken nights where we were unable to move the next day, we actually ended up staying at Rocky Road for 9 nights. We had our own room too. In fact when we first arrived here there was no one about at all so we just relaxed, made some lunch, did some washing and waited for the owner - Rocky - to arrive. The bar set up is an honesty bar during the day so there is a very comfortable, safe and trusting feel here. So we stayed and stayed. It was actually very nice to chill out and not do so  much driving for a while. Saved on petrol too so all in all a good money saving opportunity! We made some great friends here who we have exchanged details with and have already sent them a postcode from Africa. The wife of Rocky - Mariki - actually asked us for tips on where they could improve the place as a backpacker - it has primarily been the volunteers place for some time and the backpacker part is very new to them. Sarah and I were the only backpackers for the duration we were here - the rest were volunteers. So we gave Mariki our thoughts and she is passing them onto Rocky himself ;o)
Sarah and I spent one day at Salt River and Natures Valley which was a stunning river which blends into the sea. Aside from 2 olds for about half an hour we had the whole place to ourselves all day - it was amazing. We managed to amuse ourselves with a spot of bathing,  paddling, swimming and building a raft! Yep - that we did! Wait until you see it!!! After we finished the day, we went to where the car was parked and a bunch of the guys from Rocky Road had left a note on our car saying 'we have a cool box of beers by the lagoon - come party' - what a lovely surprise! How they found where our car was parked I don't know - but it was a lovely lovely thing to do! And so to the lagoon we went, supping beers and watching the sun set. A perfect end to what really was a perfect day.
One of the other exciting things I did whilst here was jump my first ever bungee. And it is the biggest bungee in the world too at Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River standing 219m. And yes I was nervous to say the least. Sarah had decided not to do the bungee so I went with a couple of the volunteers from Rocky Road. I have to say there are no words to describe the feeling of a bungee but it was absolutely awesome and I just wanted to go again as soon as I was back up!!! I believe there is a good one in New Zealand so I may just have to treat myself to another go when I am there!
So you can see why we stayed so long. Everything about this place was just wonderful and I will be sure to be back here some day - maybe as a volunteer. In fact when we did finally say our goodbyes - we were told to 'come home soon' - very very touching.
And so we departed this truly wonderful part of The Garden Route, spent one night at Jeffries Bay - very little to report as it was literally a stop over before our flight the following day which would take us to Jo-berg and onto Safari!!!
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