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Garden Route (In Pictures)

by Kelly Mitchell

The last week we were in South Africa, we had the option of several dofferent adventures on the southern coast.  When you go through AIFS, this is already included and I am very thankful that I went; it was amazing to say the least.

Day 1:  Packed up and left Stellenbosch at 6AM.  Tip: There is so much driving during the Garden Route but the views from the roads are amazing.  We visited a zoo for our first stop- some people paid extra to pet cheetahs and tigers.   Our next stop was my absolute favorite, though: ELEPHANTS.  We went to feed, hug, and sit on elephants.  It was an amazing experience.  Elephants have always been my favorite animal and this just made my love for them grow even more.  They are incredibly smart and the trainers are really entertaining, too.  We then went to an ostrich farm which where I hugged an ostrich.  Very odd, but hey, I did it!  The hostels where we stayed are really nice.  They all have bars where you can eat and drink as well as awesome rooms with clean bathrooms.  Most are located right at the beach, too.  It was not what we were expecting at all.

Day 2: Visited Cango Caves, which was a really neat site to see.  Went to a natural park where you walk across a beautiful suspension bridge and relax at the water.

Day 3:  Went on a safari when it was absolutely freezing and rainy out but we saw baby elephants!  Adorable.  This was the night we stayed at Jeffrey’s Bay so some of us learned how to surf in the Indian Ocean!  It was so cool- I stood up once!

Day 4: We started the day off zip lining through waterfalls and then moved on to bungy jumping!  We bungy jumped off of the HIGHEST bungy jump bridge in the world.  I am a thrill seeker so for me this was a must.  It was optional so we did have some who didn’t want to.  But, let me say that the one’s who don’t do it regret it afterward simply because everyone who did it is crazy and happy with adrenaline.  It was the best and most liberating experience of my life.  It’s so freeing and the views are amazing.  Plus, the workers keep you entertained with a DJ on the bridge!  Afterward we had a relaxing walk around a monkey reserve.

Day 5:  We took the optional lion walk tour.  There were three lions (two white lions).  They were awesome.  It was a little scary at first because you feel like they will bite, but the lions liked us.  They got really close to smell us and if you were uncomfortable the lion’s trainers were there to help.  Then we went to Cape Aghulas which is the most southern tip of Africa.  On the right is the Atlantic Ocean and on the left is the Indian Ocean.  Beautiful.

We had our flight at 11pm out of Cape Town on the 6th day.  You become really close with everyone in your program during this trip and your driver, as well.  Our driver, Maudi, was the man.  He was so cool.  And, they customize the trip for whatever your van wants.  If everyone doesn’t want to do something, they won’t make you and you can do something else.

It’s crazy to be back home and I already am missing everyone and SA so much.  Our saying is “You Only South Africa Once” YOSAO…

Hugging an ostrich...

Hugging an ostrich…

Bloukran's Bungy Jump - the bridge!

Bloukran’s Bungy Jump – the bridge!

Feeding elephants!

Feeding elephants!

Best day of my life.

Best day of my life.

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Feeding them!

Feeding them!

Cango Caves

Cango Caves

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

Lion Walk!

Lion Walk!

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Cape Aghulas!

Cape Aghulas!

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Bungy!

Bungy!

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5-4-3-2-1 BUNGY

5-4-3-2-1 BUNGY

Awesome.

Awesome.

Baby Elephant!

Baby Elephant!

Surfing in J-Bay!

Surfing in J-Bay!

Zip-lining

Zip-lining

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