My month travels across South Africa are now coming to an end and a 23 hour journey back to Zithulele begins. We managed to do all activities we planned apart from surfing due to high tides, however I think that may have been for the best due to my severe lack of balance and general clumsiness.
My favourite place that we visited was definitely Wildspirit Backpackers in The Crags on South Africa's south coast. There was an eco-friendly hippy vibe going on with live music, beautiful hiking trails and of course free full cream milk! The constant weariness of an imminent Baboon encounter here though was something I wasn't keen on but the nearby waterfall that we swam in and the bunk bed free dorms made up for that which was a real treat for me, a nominated top bunker.
Of course our travels didn't run smoothly all the time. Hitches along the way, which we call 'character building experiences', included turning up to hostel and finding out we are sleeping in a shed with an incomplete door and a light switch which gave intense electric shocks, bookings on behalf of us not made correctly which meant we nearly missed out on your favourite activity and our seats on the bus allegedly not being booked (LIES) meaning mean so Nadine would had to have spent Christmas on our own. Anyone that knows me well enough will know that I 100% cannot stand poor service, so you can imagine the fuss I kicked up!
The 2 weeks in Cape Town were amazing too. We stayed on Long Street, the hub of activity in Cape Town. Seeing most of the other South Africa PT volunteers there was really enjoyable. We also by chance bumped into the Swaziland and Botswana volunteers one night outside McDonalds. It gave us a chance to meet up and talk about our projects, exchange stories and simply talk to people with accents you understand!
While in Cape Town we went to the South African Museum and Planetarium, the cinema to see Mandela's: Long Walk To Freedom film, shopped in some of the local markets and went to see DJ Fresh at the Grand Parade New Years party. The 2 things we did that stood out were watching the sun set on top of Table mountain on New Year's Day and spending Christmas Day in a cave on Devils Peak with an amazing view of Cape Town below. This however wasn't without sacrifice; transport to the bottom of devils peak was fully booked therefore we had to walk the entire length of Table Mountain before climbing up to Devil's Peak. By the time we got to the top, carrying all the food and juice, we looked like we'd jumped into a swimming pool we were sweating so much. But no pain no gain! On the other hand it made me realise just how unfit I am so I have pledged to get fit for the first time in my life. I'll keep you updated on how well that's going.... Or not going.