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Sep 17, 2008 - Knysna and Garden Route

South Africa – Knysna and Garden Route 17/18th September We stopped at the Knysna Heads which is the entrance to the lagoon below. This was the only ‘harbour’ for the boats carrying logs from further along the coast and proved to be a tretorous section of water. After some time we made it on to R62 the Garden Route and made it to our vineyard retreat. The following day we stopped off at Franshoek and Stellenbosh for a bit of wine tasting (would have been rude not to!).

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Jo'burg to Nairobi

Sep 10, 2008 - Photos to come!!

We arrived here in Knysna yesterday after a great few days in Nature's Valley. We are staying at a nice but basic B&B which doesn't wireless or internet access. Currently at an internet cafe updating the blog but the photos are on the laptop. Hopefully we will have access in Jo'Burg tomorrow night before we head to Nairobi the following day so I can get some photos up! Highlights over past few days: Geoff went to a bird park near Nature's Valley - I went walking along the beach for a few hours and pretty much had it to myself, it was...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Garden Route

Our first weekend excursion was one to remember. The Chicago 4 opted to stay at home, but Avril (medical director), Marion (program director), Whitney, Stacey, Paula, and I piled into a VW Minibus at 5 am on Friday and drove out along the Garden Route. It is a beautiful stretch of highway that runs along the coast of the Indian Ocean. On Friday we stopped in Cango to see some limestone caves and an ostrich farm. The caves had some beautiful caverns and some tight squeezes that my voluminous backside had some difficulty traversing. However,...

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Jan 20, 2008 - Knysna

Having a lot of trouble with the internet here so will not send photos again. We will be in Johannesburg in a few days and internet should be better there. Just to let you know we are still on the road - car working well, no fights between the driver and navigator, still enjoying the scenery.

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Dec 21, 2007 - Kynsna

Day 23/24 Fri 21st Dec & Sat 22nd Dec Oudtshoorn - Knysna The Bazbus from Gorge to Knysna (my next destination)is delayed by 3 hours, so arrived 7ish to the Island Vibes hostel. Walked at night through the town centre to the waterfront, which it's safe to do here. Potted around the pretty harbour then back to the hostel for a definitely early night - that actually happened! Long overdue. Knysna (pronounced "Nicena"), about 500kms along the Garden Route from Cape town nestles on the shores of an estuary fed by rivers originating in the...

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Dec 6, 2007 - Mossel Bay to Knysna

Rain throughout the night kept waking us up as it came down hard and fast. A quick breakfast had us on the road by 9:30am. The weather was still cool and wet as we make our way from Mossel Bay to George. George is a little inland but we need to stop there to take advantage of the American Express office to cash some more travelers’ cheques into Rand. I'm sure the lush mountains would have looked more attractive if it was a sunny day. From George we went to Wilderness; another small town on the ocean. It lies in the foothills of the...

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Nov 2, 2007 - South Africa - Knysna

Knysna, perched on the edge of a lagoon and surrounded by forests, the town began as a timber port and shipbuilding centre. Today hundreds of tourists and locals flock here to see the stunning Knysna Heads as well as the outdoor activities from horse riding on the beach to abseiling down the Knysna Heads. We both couldn't believe how big Knysna had grown in 5yrs since we were last here. The next day with the sun slowly breaking through we headed to Plettenberg Bay. With mountain back drops, white sand and crystal-blue water its a lovely...

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Oct 1, 2007 - Off to Knysna to feed the elephants!

Claudine had talked about the elephant park but what I hadn't realised was that we also had the option to feed the elephants as well as just look at them! We bought our tickets and food bucket and waited for our tour to start. Firstly we were shown a short video of do's and don'ts and the history of the park and then it was off outside. The park was started to help rescued elephants. they have pens to sleep in at night and visitors can stay in specially designed flats who share a 'viewing lounge' by the elephants to watch them at night. We...

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Aug 27, 2007 - South Africa

Finally said goodbye to Zimbabwe  on my flight from Harare I met the South African one day cricket team, they were really cool and happy as they just won the event in Zimbabwe. Flew to Port Elizabeth arriving around 7.30pm. Got to the hostel and stayed in for the night, was raining so it was nice to hear the rain. Played some cards with one of the guys and was shown some card tricks then watched a movie. Early morning as I caught the BazBus, a hop-on hop-off bus, to knysna. The trip was about 4hrs and it was such a lovely drive the coast...

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Apr 16, 2007 - SOUTH AFRICA: Knysna

WELCOME TO KNYSNA, SOUTH AFRICA. The first challenge about this place is how to pronounce it. According to the South Africans it is pronounced NIZE-nuh. The town is a very popular tourist destination for South Africans due to its all year round great weather, beautiful waterfront and for Scott, its proximity to the Great White Sharks. Sadly, this was Scott's second time trying to dive with the Great White Sharks. The first time, he drove two and a quarter hours out of Cape Town to a small town called Gansbaai, only to be told it had been...

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Oct 23, 2006 - The Garden Route

The legendary South African Garden Route was indeed pretty cool. We spent two nights at Storm's River Mouth National Park and one night at Wilderness National Park and were wowed by the gorgeous rocky coast and the huge impressive forests. We visited Knysna on our way between the two and in general felt like we'd made a big tick in one of the 'must-do's' for SA. We got lots of fresh sea air and did some great walks as well as getting to go out in a canoe for a short while on one of the lakes at Wilderness Park. Our forest hut at Storm's...

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Begbies on Tour

Oct 15, 2006 - Addo Rose Festival; Tsitsikamma National Park; to Knysna

Day 9 - October 15, 2006 Before we left Sunland, we discovered - thanks to the friendly staff at the Cosmos Cuisine guest house - that the Addo Rose Festival was on just down the street from us. So, we hopped in the car and drove about 2 miles to find some big white canvas tents set up with all kinds of flower displays, as well as crafts and food made by local artists and producers. We spent about 2 hours there roaming in and out of some fabulous floral displays. From there we drove back to Port Elizabeth, got onto national route N2 and...

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