Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Garden Route Tour with Andrea, Moira and Aaron, 7th to 11th Feb.2011.

After travelling from Cape Town towards the Garden Route, our first stop was in Riviersonderend. Travelling further was extremely slow, since we had to wait at some 6 road works and sometimes up to 30minutes. When are we finishing all these road works?
But then arriving late afternoon at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve was rewarding, since her ones cases and goods were taken to the luxury tents, whilst we could have a rest with a drink in the lovely entrance room with verandah and view over the Reserve.
We could then relax in the lovely luxury tents and the buffet supper was also excellent. The next morning at 6h00 we all went for the three hour game drive, where we could see Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Lions, Eland, Zebra and many other buck.
After a fantastic brunch our journey went further along the Garden Route to Knysna. The Knysna Hollow and Fisch Eagle Lodge was our stay for the night here at the Knysna Lagoon.
The next morning after breakfast we visited the Timber Village, a walk in the Garden of Eden Forest and then an exciting time spend at the Knysna Elephant Park, where we all could experience the FEEL, FEED and HUG an Elephant. All my guests, if young or old always enjoy this.
At lunchtime, we checked into our guest house, The Swallow Nest, and soon after this I dropped my guests off at the lovely beach at Plettenberg Bay. When I later came to join them, they were all so happy, since it was just a perfect afternoon, with no wind. Specially Aaron (5 years) enjoyed this the most after spending much time sitting in his little chair in the car. I did a swim with the dolphins, group of about 8, that came passed very close to the beach. A fantastic experience.
On day four we left after a good breakfast, for Monkeyland, just 15km outside Plett. This was another experience they all enjoyed, walking around in a forest with many different monkeys from all over the world.
Now we had to start our long trip back towards Cape Town. We had a stop at The Heads in Knysna to enjoy a last lovely view over this very large Lagoon.
From Knysna the drive went passed Wilderness, George, Albertina, Riversdale, Heidelberg in Africa and our nights stay was then at the Cypress Cottages in Swellendam. This evening only Andrea and I went for a glass of wine and some salads in town, whilest Moira and Aaron warmed up some food in the kitchen of the Guest house.
On our last morning Andrea and I went for a two hour walk in the well-known Maloth Nature Reserve at the foot of the Langeberge. We climbed up a waterfall, but there was not too much water coming down, since it was still very dry in this area.
After 11h00 we continued our last drive to Cape Town which we reached just after 14h00.

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