Were trying to keep the updates as frequent as possible so heres the next one!
Since we last posted, we have visited Port Elizabeth but only on an overnight stop (our new friends Lee and Gemma stayed there for a couple of days and supposedly it was very nice). We decided to move onwards so that we could see some more places in the time we have left. The next stop was Jefferys Bay, home of the annual Billabong surfing championships. After a morning of shopping (Alec finally got some jeans to stop the withdrawal symptoms!), Debbie was feeling slightly overcome from all of the travelling and partying so she had a restful day and I (Alec) did some exploring along the beach and poked some jellyfish (thats right, I can have fun without her!).
The next day, we moved on to Plettenberg Bay which is home to colonies of Whales, Dolphins and Seals. On route to Plett, we happened to pass the worlds highest bungee jump on Bloukans river bridge (also the highest road bridge in the southern hemisphere - http://www.faceadrenalin.com/bloukrans_river_bridge.htm). At 216m high, it was scary enough to drive over, never mind jump off. I (Alec) foolishly stated that I was tempted to do the jump so a short stop at the hostel, a 30 min return trip and R580 later, I found myself perched on the concrete edge of a 216m drop to a very small river and some trees below. After a very quick countdown, I jumped off, freefell for 6(!) seconds, bounced, freefell a bit more and then dangled upside down for a bit. Its quite hard to describe how I felt, it was one of the most exciting 4 minutes of my life whilst also being the scariest and emotional. I'm really glad that I did it but I am hoping that I at least get to Australia before I talk myself into doing another!
The next day (after surprisingly few nightmares!) we decided that we wanted a bit more action and headed to Plettenburgs central beach. We started our Sunday morning with some sea kayaking (a dreadful way to start the day!!??) On our trip with Giovanni a.k.a Gino ginelli we follwed a family of whales, watching them play / 'mate' (were unsure but dont want to seem pervy!). We spent two hours in the sea wih the whales and even saw one jump out of the water! however the lovely experience ended in dramatic fashion when we managed to capsize the kayak....whilst one metre away from the beach. Some would argue that this wasnt actually possible!? Then after getting dried off we spent a few hours on a close encounter whale trip and got to get about 10 metres away from the whales and even got to see some dolphins and lots and lots of seals! We left Plettenburg early this morning adn braved the public transport to Hermanus i.e. another combi - and 8 hours later we arrived! We have lots of exciting plans while were here and Im (Debs) am going shark cage diving tomorrow, a bit scary but ill let you know how it goes. Were planning on adding some more pictures tomorrow (Tuesday).
Hope your all well and take care, lots of love
Debbie and Alec xxx