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Sep 14, 2017 - Road Trip !!! Cape Town to Mossel Bay

On the road now....byebye Cape Town. Light brekkie and hit the road by 9. A couple of stops at Gordons Bay and Bettys Bay for scenery shots and to visit the penguins. We could go into the penguin sanctuary but no guides as it was officially closed due to riots in the nearby town the night before. Penguins were quite tame and woukd happily pose for a photo. Back on the road, stopping in Hermanus for a delightful lunch by the bay and a quick spot of tourist shopping. More driving....over 400km to get thru today to finish in Mossel Bay....

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May 14, 2012 - Mossel Bay

Me and Tal were picked up at 7am by the BazBus. There were very few people on the bus so it was a very comfortable ride. I kept the most time sleeping and looking out of the window. We arrived at Mossel Bay at around 2pm and checked in to Santos Express Backpackers, an old train transformed into a hostel. It was raining and the girl at reception recommended us to go to the local museum. Before that we organized a sand board tour for the following morning and the transfer to our next destinations. Than we left to check out the museum witch...

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Hakuna Matata

Dec 21, 2011 - The South Coast

From Drakensberg my route took me to Port St John and the southern coast of the country. This time I didn't have to make the drive by myself but had two passengers---Jefferson, an American from Boulder, and Martine from Utrecht, Holland. I met both at the hostel and since they were headed in the same general direction I offered to give them a ride. It was nice to have them along. Not only were they good company, but they chipped in for gas, helped navigate (both along the roads and around the stray cattle, donkeys and goats) and also made...

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Overlanding Africa

Dec 21, 2011 - Magical Mystery Tour

I've written recently about my hikes and some of the sights I've seen, but that doesn't begin to convey my overall thoughts and impressions while traveling through South Africa. I originally intended to coin my stay at one particularly unusual backpackers as the Magical Mystery Tour, but I've realized that the entire road trip can be summed up under that description. When I set out in my rental car from St Lucia I was nervous about what I would face. In particular, I was a bit concerned about my overall safety since I wasn't sure what lay...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is een echt toeristisch stadje met veel vakantiehuisjes, maar er is niet veel volk op dit moment. Het is ook een surfplaats, maar het is maar 20 graden, koud en bewolkt. za 22/10/11 Er is een walking trail van 13 km langs de rotsen, maar de bazbus komt me in de namiddag oppikken dus doe ik maar een kleine wandeling op het pad. Ik probeer langs een trapje dat naar de huizen gaat tot bij de vuurtoren te komen. Als ik dichter bij de huizen kom roept er iemand om help. Ik weet hoe frustrerend het is om ergens te liggen en mensen te...

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Sep 4, 2010 - Mosselbay

Eine der aeltesten Staedte Suedafrikas mit reicher Geschichte; von den Portugiesen entdeckt, mit dem ersten -ins 15. Jhdt. zurueckreichenden- Postkasterl Afrikas, 1 Schuh an einem Baum -funktioniert noch heute bestens. Aber auch Surfer ziehts hier her, in das recht beschauliche, schoene Staedtchen, im Stadtkern (noch) verschont, von sonst sio vielen gleich ausschaueneden suedafrikan. Staedten, die aus 1 Hauptstrasse mit aneinander gereihten Fastfoodketten bestehen, nette Abwechslung auf der Durchfahrt.

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Aug 4, 2009 - The Cape to the Garden Route - South Africa

We drove to Gansbaai where we were staying for 3 nights. Gansbaai is right on the coast and we had a lovely view of the ocean from our accommodation. The main purpose of the visit here is that Gainsbaai is the Great White Shark capital of the world and MS and G were going to be shark bait the next day. R and I decided to be a bit more civilised and do whale watching instead. And as we had seen whales from the shore all the previous day we were looking forward to getting up close and personal with them. In fact on our whale watching trip we...

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Dec 22, 2008 - Mossel Bay's Christmas Choir

It was an awful morning in Plett Bay. Some guys from our hostel came home drunk at 4:30 am and had their late night drunken philosophical debates right outside our tent. And the sun seemed to rise earlier today and heat up our tent like a microwave. Come to think of it, I think today may be the longest day in the southern hemisphere. Regardless, we left Plett Bay at around 9 am, in hot, sweaty and grumpy conditions. We’ve been married long enough that I know of the only thing that will make Rebecca feel better on a day like today –...

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Dec 3, 2008 - November Holiday 5

We arrived in Mossel Bay around 3:30am and yes STILL RAINING. So we set up the tent at ‘Mossel Bay Backpackers’ in the rain and slept the night. In the morning we woke up with our feet, shoes, pillows all wet! With lakes forming in the bottom of the tent. Haha it bucketed down that night! As I walked in to the reception I was greeted by another Aussie chick from Melbourne working in the reception thinking that I was crazy to have slept out in the tent that night and then informs me that the 3 couches inside were dry and that they wouldn’t...

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Nov 14, 2008 - Garden Route, Mossel Bay to Storms River

"So you came to live here in South Africa seven years ago. And how is South Africa, if you compare it to the Netherlands?". He, John, and his South African wife Judith, own the Materolli Tea Room up here in the Goudveld State Forest 20 kilometres from Knysna (say Neisna), my home base for the Garden Route. I have just been up to the Millwood ghost town that was left when gold mining finally collapsed in 1924. After 40 years of digging the mine had only yielded 28 kilos of gold. It turned out to be all ghost and no town because, when it...

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Sep 4, 2008 - Back to the coast - Mossel Bay

Geoff was up at the crackers again today so after a leisurely breakfast we were packed up and ready to go by 10am. We headed east along Route 62 and then dropped down to the coast to a town called Witsand. I was really excited about this place as it is was known as the ‘whale nursery’. Upon arrival we were rather gutted as the little seaside town was empty – both of whales and people! The place was tiny and I would have gone mad staying there so we headed back onto the N2 (main garden route east) and headed towards Mossel Bay. We arrived...

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Jul 20, 2008 - Park House Lodge - Mossel Bay

Em was feeling a little bit better today so as it was lubbily weather we went for a loonnnnnnnnggggggggg stroll down to the 'Point'. Had a late brecko in the restaurant there, I had a 'Breakfast Toastie' but a still slightly pastey Pettet opted for the Museli & Yoghurt suprise! There was a really nice beach further round into the bay and the sea looked beautiful however after paddling it turned out that it was frickin freezing!!! Hopefully further up the coast we'll get a nice warm bit of Indian Ocean action and maybe we'll even have a go...

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The A&E Adventure

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