Surf, sleep, braai

Now we were at a very exciting part of our trip. Jeffrey’s bay! For many surfers (speaking of John here, as my surfing prowess wouldn’t even get me out of the bunny surf) this is Mecca! On a good day, the waves form perfect tubes that you ride so far, once you finally bail off the wave, your walk back to where you started from is 15-20 minutes! But first we had to get there… via The Garden Route.

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From pangolins to penguins: Boulders Beach

Isn’t this place gorgeous?!


I was so looking forward to hanging out with the penguins. We went to Boulders Beach, where the little guys call their home. While there was a place you could get in the ocean and swim, all the penguins were hanging out here, where they are cordoned off from the humans (and besides, it’s winter! Only crazy Scandinavians were frolicking in the waves.)

We just couldn’t stop taking pictures!

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Bright lights, Cape (Town) city

We left Kruger nice and early to catch our flight to Cape Town. As it has been for our entire trip, we thought we had plenty of time! Halfway to our destination, we encountered a police roadside check. In the states this is a non-event as long as you are not drinking and driving or a part of some human trafficking ring. But we started to feel a little anxious as we followed the police officer’s direction to pull off to the side.

“Where are you visiting from?” she inquired in the South African melodic, sing-song accent.

Normally this is a question that you answer without even a thought. But the reputation of the South Africa police force isn’t the best.

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“Please wait for me to ready my rifle.”

Another early start to our safari! We woke up about 5 and I prepared our early AM meat-riffic breakfast. (South Africa has meat 24/7… we fell in love with their tasty biltong snacks!)


After cleaning up, I went to grab my shoes and out jumped more wildlife! A mouse! It scared me so much I screamed which brought John a-running from around the corner- perhaps a kudu had snuck into our accommodations?? When he realized it was a little mouse, he corralled it into the bathroom, and I helped by shrieking and jumping around on the bed.

And thus began our very early start!

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