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Sep 15, 2017 - Road Trip - Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay

The adventures start today. Quick drive to the bank in Kynsna to withdraw our life savings for a skydive. Cheaper for cash! (isn't it always). Didn't see much of Kynsna as the bank staff were useless and it took all our allotted time in the bank. Might get back here tomorrow. Anyhoo... yes it's skydive day so have to get to Plettenberg airport for 11.30. Just made it. Running late was a good idea as no time to contemplate what was about to happen. Raced in, kitted up, walk to the plane ready to board ....... no, the pilot has to take the...

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Sep 11, 2016 - Blog Ten - South Africa Part Two

Blog Ten – South Africa Part Two Saturday 3 September 2016 After being fed and watered we hit the road at 8:00 for our final destination Durban, with a side excursion to St Lucia where we arrived early enough to also go for a stroll along the boardwalk that goes past the lagoon and to the sea. Here we saw quite a few crocodiles and birdlife from a distance and also some foolish people walking along the stretch of land not that far from the crocs. Not sure why you would be walking there but they could be trying to win a Darwin Award. It was...

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Feb 21, 2016 - Monika's fave: Elphie's!!!!!

We're in Plettenberg Bay (or Plett as the locals call it) en route to Amakhala Game Reserve. Beautiful little city to take a rest in, and enjoy the many interesting visitor-attractions! We started off at Birds of Eden, the largest aviary in the world which has over 200 species of birds. Seeing them all is nearly impossible but we did enjoy the beautiful walk through the lush surroundings. We also went to the Snake Sanctuary where we learned A LOT about venomous African snakes and various constrictors. I am now absolutely 100% certain that I...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Seeing beyond the tourist side of Africa

Woke up to find Peggy feeling very tired and under the weather, so she elected to stay at the hotel for the day to nip any illness in the bud. In the early afternoon, we headed off to visit a soup kitchen and preschool program in the shantytown outside of Plettenberg Bay. After apartheid ended and blacks were free to re-locate, many of them came to this area hoping for jobs and prosperity. They rarely found both. There is high unemployment, drug use and alcoholism in these shantytowns as well as high death rates from AIDS. Some local...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Oudtshoorn, Knysna , and Plettenberg Bay

On Monday February 10th we drove through the Karoo area of South Africa. This area was quite different from where we have been before. It ranged from lush vegetation to mountains and then to a semi arid, almost desert land. Along the route we saw ostriches, blue cranes, angora goats, oryx, and kudus, We stopped at a little watering hole called Ronnie's Sex Shop! Not what you think! It was in the middle of no where under another name...no business...changed to Ronnie's Sex Shop and now busier than ever. Lol. Good beer on a very hot day. +38...

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Dec 26, 2013 - Tenikwa

26 Baz pick up not til evening, so went to Tenikwa, wildlife sanctuary specializing in big cats, with Lindsay from UK. Again people can walk inside the large enclosures and even touch the cats, cheetah! serval! caracal lynx! African wild cat, where most domestic cats come from. Only leopard was behind fence since they could choose to kill. Meercats and some waterbirds there too. Great!

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Feb 12, 2012 - Plettenburg Bay

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – South Africa & Lesotho & Swaziland chapter on the Western Cape about Plettenburg Bay: “Plettenberg Bay, or ‘Plett’ as it’s more commonly known, is a resort town through and through, with mountains, white sand and crystal-blue water making it one of the country’s top local tourist spots. As a result, things can get very busy and somewhat overpriced, but the town retains a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and does have very good-value hostels. The scenery to the east in...

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Our journey on the BAZ bus continued. Our next stop was Wilderness and....well just as the name says...it was a wilderness....the coastal road in to the area was like none we had ever traveled on. It was like the Sea to Sky in Canada or the Great Ocean Road in Australia...only closer to the water's edge with deep gorges right next to the tires on our BAZ bus. Breath-taking in more ways than one. In Wilderness we enjoyed 28 kms of beach...almost all of it ours for the few days we were there. Jelly fish make it not too swimmer-friendly but...

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Sep 3, 2010 - Plettenbergbay

Paradies! Wir wohnten in 1 einsam gelegenen Strandhaus auf den Duenen von keurboomstrand mit Sicht auf Plettenbergbay und mit immer ca. 5 - 7 Walen direkt vor der Haustuer...ca. 150 bis 200m vom Strand weg, 1 Traum. Selbst von unsrer Fruehstuecksterasse konnte man herumtollende Wale erblicken. Tags darauf machten wir -nur zu dritt- 1 Walbeobachtungstour, wo wir die sanften Riesen aus naechster Naehe (manche kamen bis 5m ans Boot ran) beobachten konnten. All das bei glatter See und guter Sicht. Delfinfamilien begleiteten uns am Ufer...

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Feb 17, 2009 - Time to relax

Plettenberg Bay is more touristy then the other spots I have been too. Not much to do here but relax on the beach. Which is ok with me after doing so many excursions and not being able to go to the beach since I burned my feet. The hostel was very clean with comfy beds. It is a South African (white) family that runs it out of there house. The dorm room was a little house in the back yard with the bar as an addition added to the house. The first night I was there it was a full house. I had been traveling with two girls and a guy from...

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Dec 21, 2008 - A Whale of A Time in Plett Bay

We arrived in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay around noon. We stayed at Albergo Backapckers, just off main street, and put our tent up in the backyard. By the end of the day the yard was filled with other tents, including 4 exactly like ours. The owners were putting up their Christmas decorations while we were there; hanging the decorations in between dozens of wooden hippo statues. It is weird to think that it is almost Christmas. With the heat, sun, and all the greenery, it feels like July or August to us. We are definitely missing out...

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Aug 8, 2008 - Ostrich riding and walking "Hand in trunk" with an Elephant

Driving up Route 62 in the Little Karoo, we had to stop at one of the numerous ostrich farms to find out more about these wonderful birds. The tour included a discussion of their beautiful feathers, observing a worker making a feather duster, and the opportunity to feed an ostrich. At the end of the tour, we all got to sit on the animals and were offered the opportunity to ride one. Apparently their brains are smaller than their eyeballs, so they don’t really stop until you fall off or hit another ostrich. Being the brave, concerned parent...

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