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Garden Route

Went a few weeks ago it is basically a scenic drive up the east coast of South Africa, like the 101 in Cali or Route 66. Its called the Garden Route because of all the beautiful scenery along the way, there’s is actually no gardens on the drive. I went with 4 other friends through a touring company so we didn’t have to do anything but sit in the car and enjoy the ride. Along the trip there are a bunch of places you stop at. We left on Friday morning and made the long drive out of Cape Town up to Mossel Bay which is where the route officially starts. We stayed there for the night in an old train which was right above the beach. The cabin was tiny but the view was nice. I went and walked along the beach and my friend and i checked out a boat that had crashed right at shore. The next day we were up early and off to go canoeing. After canoeing we drove to Knysner and stopped for lunch. After we went to this amazing lookout point it was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of the water and caves from peter pan. Next we were off to Tsisikamma National Park to the beach. It was really cold and overcast but it was still cool to check out, some of my friends went in but it was freezing. We stayed in the park that night in these really nice little 2 person cabins, each with their own bathroom so it was an upgrade from the train.
The next day was a big day. In the morning we walked to the Stromsriver Mouth Suspension Bridges. The walk to the bridges was amazing and even nicer once we got to the bridges. They are between mountains and over the ocean. After the bridges we were off to another bridge, except i was planning to jump off of this one! The drive over was the worst, i was getting really nervous but knew i did not want to chicken out. We arrived at Bloukrans Bridge, which is the highest bungee jump in the world and also the highest single arch bridge. I was scared but i paid my money got weighed and harnessed up and after a little while went with my group and walked over to the bridge. I was in a big group so my turn did not come toward the end, but i was ready. The atmosphere on the bridge is very calming. They play music so i was just dancing and watching my friends go before me, it was so exciting. When it came my turn i was nervous but excited, and before i knew it i was jumping off. The feeling was indescribable, it was crazy, and amazing and im so glad i did it. When i came back up to the bridge i had the most powerful adrenaline rush.
After that we headed to our final destination Kango. The backpacker was full so we luckily got upgraded to this really nice place. Nice beds with heat and really nice showers it was perfect for our last night of the trip. The next day we were off to the ostrich farm where i was able to ride an ostrich this was surprisingly scary and they run surprisingly fast. Nest we went to the Kango caves which were amazing. It has huge inside rooms with beautiful formations and stalactites and stalagmites and all that cool cave stuff. In addition to these huge rooms there was also so very tiny parts of the cave i managed to squeeze myself through including climbing up a part called devil’s chimney and crawling and sliding on my belly at another part. It was hard work but it was very cool. After this we made the long but very scenic and beautiful trip back to Cape Town. But not before making a trip to Ronnie’s Sex Shop, which is actually just a bar in the middle of nowhere, but the name catches your attention doesn’t it.

Posted by kymack 09:51

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awwwww this wwekend was ace, i miss miss miss it, and yoou :( hope to see you sooon, come to england!!!!!!!!xxxxxxx

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