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Jun 6, 2009 - Oribi Gorge

A sevenish hour drive up the coast took us to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. We stayed in a chalet within the park and had a great view out over a meadow and down into the nearby gorge. Spent a few nights here, again doing day hikes on badly marked trails and enjoying more great landscapes. We saw some Samango monkeys and various birds. The area's main industry is sugar cane so the expansive green fields were a beautiful contrast to the red rocks in and around the gorge.

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Jan 13, 2007 - Christmas in Trafalar

So after the last of our scuba we drove south to a town named Trafalgar where my brother in laws family has a summer home. We spent a great 3 days with Grant, Loraine, Warren, eric and Michael. The home is beautiful and has been in the family for 3 generations now. It was quite different spending Christmas Day on the beach in Africa and at this point we were starting to get homesick. After this though we go up north to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls and then home at last.

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Feb 12, 2006 - The wild Wild Coast and not so wild Garden Route

All was going so well on our train ride to Durban, perhaps a bit too well. After an overnight journey, we were supposed to arrive fresh in Durban at 7am. BUT after an uneventful evening and a good night's sleep, things started to go wrong. After stopping in Petermaritzburg, only 100km from Durban, our hopes of arriving on time were dashed. We found out that the worst electrical storm in 20 years had damaged the power lines - not good news for an electric train. Twelve hours later we finally limped into Durban. At least we got to see some...

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Aug 26, 2005 - South Africa - Shelly Beach

Well, the plan here was to go diving with Ragged-tooth and Zambezi sharks but unfortunately as we moved in, so did a cold front leaving the sea choppy and cloudy, and all dives were cancelled. Instead we were in the nearest pub with a pint at 9am to watch the NZ v SA tri-nations rugby game which the locals were all pretty gutted at losing in the end....

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May 29, 2005 - The Kraal

Neslted in the foothills over looking the crashing ocean. The Kraal. A backpackers paradise. No phone, No shops, No running water, No electricity, No attitude!!! Liz and I hung out for a couple days in this unique village. Rondavels are sprinkled over the rolling green hills. Donkeys walk freely as they please. The sound of the ocean is amazing. Thundering, crashing, and pounding waves all day long. Make for a perfect place to write or meditate. We rode horses through the small hills and watched locals build mud homes with straw roofs....

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