I can't believe Vivi jumped off THAT bridge!
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
14Trip End Jun 15, 2011
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Tsitsikamma Backpackers - Stormsriver
We took ur time leaving Wilderness because we loved it so much, grabbing some internet time at our favourite spot- the Blue Olive. Neil is always lucky as each time we went to a restaurant one of his many teams would be playing rugby on TV... But that's because he follows like ALL of them!
Anyway, we had to catch the 1pm Rapters show along the road to Plet Bay so we got back into Sparky and headed off onto the N2 once again. The Rapters were actually incredible and the guide told us some good stories and tips, including that it's not actually true that if you pick up a fallen bird's egg and put it back in it's nest, the mum won't take care ofit anymore - you should actually avoid taking it home altogether as they pick up the human's characteristics from birth and can never be put in the wild! So there you go... pick up that egg and put it in it's place!
During the show, I was too scared to hold any as they swept through the small crowd, sometimes brushing my hair. But there was a small Afrikaans boy, let's call him Kobus, with little legs more like tree trunks, who willingly put the glove on and this huge eagle swooped in and landed on his arm and he smiles and laughed and said, "Mooi mama!!" (meaning pretty, mum!). So i thought what the heck, if the baby can hold him so can I!
So I waited for the barn owl (this was huge!) and managed to hold it but I still looked a bit freaked in the photos!! The last bird to come out was a giant eagle owl, after a bit of noise in anticipation in his cage. He seemed distracted by something moving in the field below so he repeatedly disobeyed the commands, but hey, that's nature for you!
We had a quick bite for lunch at Plet Bay, Neil once again having some amazing sandwich while I still wasn't eating any bread during Lent. But the salads in SA are so amazing that I made do...
We continued our journey into Stormsrivier after passing the border into the Eastern Cape at the edge of the Tsitsikamma National Park and along with it, a quick stop at the Bloukranz Bridge. I gasped in horror from the lookout cafe that Dad must have watched Vivi jump from last year - jeez I felt sick just watching strangers! Vivi is a nutter, nuff said.
We arrived at Stormsrivier and were pleasantly surprised to upgraded to a small house in a field just nearby. We had time for a couple of beers and a bottle of wine at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn where they were showing the Hurricanes vs. Sharks game at their outdoor pub. Neil nibbled on some biltong and was happy with life...
The sharks beat the hurricanes, which left all sorts of weird feelings within Neil... boy, pick a side!! Dinner at home was again lovely as we were watching the pennies.
Wine - The One at Tsitsikamma Village Inn - The Tall Horse - White Sauvignon Blanc - Very nice! And love the label. Would definitely catch my eye in Sainsbury's!