2010
07.23

Yah man, Irie

Meet Knysna:

  • It lies 34 degrees south of the equator in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route.
  • Perched on the edge of a serene lagoon and surrounded by forests
  • Population: 76,431
  • Weather 22°C sunny

Highlights

- We passed through Natures Valley and Plettenberg Bay  before settling into Knysna – and enjoying Oysters, French bakeries, Leisure isle and the 101 viewpoints around Knysna, each more breath-taking than the last.

- Visited Eagle Encounters, a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey. Of the 200 – 300 raptors per year rescued or received by the centre an average of 60 – 65% of birds are successfully released back onto the wild. We watched as birds flew over our head in the bird show then got to place meat on our gloved hand, stick it out and watch the bird steadily and quickly fly toward you. We’d been whacked in the head numerously by large raptor bird wings!

- On our way out of Knysna, we popped into the local Rasta community. Had kids bump knuckles with ours in the local way, sat and talked with Mama B (who’s dreads came down to her waist) and encountered many dread locked, very relaxed rastas walking the streets. Very local, very cool.

- We camped one night at Buffalos Bay in one of the best camping grounds in all SA right on the point surrounded by ocean. We were only 1 of 4 people camping in the park (we got the winter special) and we pitched up our tent as the sun came down over the horizon, in the honeymoon suite – a grassy area surrounded by tall rocks and sitting right on the ocean. We were lucky enough to have one of the warmest breezes come through that night, which changed to icy cold after we finished toasting marshmallows on the fire.  Slept sound as a baby.

- Marnicas at Buffalos Bay. All the sweets, cakes and cookies your heart desires, freshly made at local prices with no preservatives or chemicals. We (zulf mostly) devoured massive cupcakes, shortbread cookies, ginger cookies, coconut ices, pecan slices and hot-out-of-the-oven quiches. Hmmmmm…sugar. The sweets taste better than the pics look, and the pics look very yummy.

Things we about the garden route!

- eating freshly baked scones and goodies

- feeling a sense of belonging in the Rasta Community

- starry starry nights

PS – Pics are here

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