We left Kwandwe Game Reserve after a wonderful 4-day safari and drove to Plettenberg Bay, an idyllic spot between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. We arrived at the colonial hotel which is part of a 700 hectare estate. There were only 11 rooms in the estate making the hotel a pawn in the midst of an enormous farmland filled with polo fields and pavilions. The estate was truly spectacular with immaculately kept fields and hundreds of polo horses in various stables dotted about the land. We spent the first afternoon exploring the estate on the complementary quad bikes that were for guests use only. I made good use of this spending most of my days racing around the grounds. Such good fun.
The following day we visited a monkey sanctuary, where abused, mistreated or saved monkeys are kept in safety. We walked around the open enclosure with monkeys jumping and running all around us. One boy was playing with a little toy and a monkey stole it directly from his hands. He held back his tears for the remainder of the tour and was rewarded with the same toy from the gift shop.
After MonkeyLand we had a delicious lunch in Plettenberg Bay overlooking the ocean and returned to the estate for a relaxing afternoon.
Our second last day in South Africa was spent zip wiring through the trees and walking with cheetahs and lions!
We visited Tenikwa – a wild cat sanctuary (similar to MonkeyLand, only with bigger, more ferocious animals). We had a great tour learning about all the wild cats including caracals, leopards, cheetahs and lions. We walked in the enclosure with the big cats which was amazing. Seeing these majestic animals so close is very cool indeed.
In the afternoon, we drove to Tsitsikamma for a little adrenaline, to zip wire through the trees which was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
On our last day in South Africa, we went on a long walk around the cliffs of Robberg. We spent a few hours hiking up and down, passing pristine, empty beaches and watching seals play around in the water. The views from Robberg were absolutely stunning and it was a lovely end to our 2 week trip in South Africa.
Africa itself is a very special place and South Africa is no different. This country is utterly beautiful with such a variety of landscape; from beaches, to mountains to bush. South Africa really has it all and our two weeks here have been extremely enjoyable.
The country is still, after 20 years, affected by severe income inequalities, and racial differences/ tensions are only improving at a slow pace. However, after having seen and experienced first hand the extremely positive projects and initiatives that are happening all over the country, South Africa has a very bright future.