Morning Coffee - Bloukrans Bridge
Yesterday's slow reveal continued this morning when, on a whim, we went to see where the traffic that kept driving passed the Bloukrans campsite was headed. We were amazed to discover a bustling hub of cafes, tourists, souvenir sellers and bungee jumpers milling around in various states of fear and elation. We drank our morning coffee overlooking the Bloukrans Bridge and the world’s highest bungee jump, in the company of Somangaye-tnh from Empangeni. At five years old he was too young to jump himself and had to be content with borrowing our binoculars to watch his parents launch themselves into the abyss. A most surprising start to the day.
Lunch - Leisure Isle, Knysna
A nostalgia trip for me. Leisure Isle in Knysna where my grandfather lived many, many years ago. Picnicked at the Steenbok Nature Reserve.
Afternoon Coffee - Riverside Bar, Restaurant & Padstal
We drove into Buffalo Bay, which although interesting, was too exposed and windy for camping. On the way back to the N1 we stopped off for a coffee at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant, very enticing on a sparkling, sunshiney afternoon. Stocked up on a few treats at the padstal across the road.
On the road
Battled traffic into Plettenberg Bay, searching for the holiday destination of my childhood but found only glimpses.
Knysna Heads impressed with its vertigo views.
Overnighted at: Lake Pleasant Resort
Located: Near Sedgefield.
How we found it: “Camp and Caravan”
Road Access: Good.
Amenities: Excellent. Large campsites designed for privacy; extensive, homely ablutions including baths, showers and a multitude of mirrors; restaurant (no wifi), small shop.
Cost: NZD22 /ZAR220 for two adults
After being soaked with dew the night before, we decided to rig a tarpaulin over the tent. Totally unnecessarily, as it turned out, as it was dry and much warmer and we slept well. Completely different demographic to where we had just been: well-heeled, mostly older patrons with caravans and boats in tow.
Soundtrack: Distant traffic, birds, onsite Sunday morning church service conducted in Afrikaans by a group of campers using a feisty sound system, accompanied by much hymn singing.
Highlight: The sheltered, nature reserve setting and glorious weather.
Lowlight: Being chased by dogs belonging to fellow campers who were well aware of what was happening but refused to restrain them - even though we hadn’t ventured anywhere near their campsite; afore mentioned church service.