The Garden Route

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Once again waking up to see what our surroundings looked like the next morning, we were impressed with the beauty of the lagoon. Point Lodge's breakfast left something to be desired but we had our fill and said morning to Chico who took us to Plettenberg Bay to start the day.  Plett, as it's called, seems to be a playground for the wealthy of SA.  The polo grounds, private golf club, gated estates, castles and beautiful beaches were so exlcusive that we had a hard time finding a way to get to the beach!  We stopped at an African Craft Market on the way back through Knysna and I traded a pair of shoes for some nice carvings. After Plett, we turned back towards Cape Town and stopped in a town fittingly called Wilderness.  A nice long swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and a short jog down an extensive and beautiful beach that was solely ours, and I was in heaven.

Dry and reunited with Chico, we headed to Oudtshoorn to check out Highgate Ostrich Farm (www.highgate.co.za). Now, this wasn't just your typical ostrich farm with odd furry animals roaming around and trying to crowd into the shade... this was a show farm where you could interact with the animals and even go for a ride if you so dared! Of course we did and the enjoyment was only matched by the intense smell and eerie silence, save our hectic laughter.

Lunch at the Swiss Bistro finally brought zebra to my plate and I still contend that it is my favorite meat ever!  Chico had a tough job of getting us from Oudtshoorn to Franschhoek (in the winelands) before dark, and even he wasn't up for the task after a series of road blocks delayed us by at least a half hour. The road up to Franschhoek was so windy that I felt like I was playing Mario cart which would have been a lot more fun had it not been for the fact that we couldn't just magically reappear if we had fallen off the cliff. 

We pulled into La Fontaine Guest House (www.lafontainefranschhoek.co.za) just in time to pass out from a long day of swimming, riding ostriches and driving.  We skipped dinner we were so tired, and that's saying a lot for me, especially because I'm trying to gain weight in anticipation for my inability to eat spicy foods in India and Thailand coming up! 
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