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    • Day 34

      Day 34 - Yellow Sands/ WildCoast

      April 18, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      A little daunting, packing up this morning having lived in 'Morgan Bay' for six nights, started to feel like home! Being 'Homeless' one tends to hang in there, wherever one can! So hooking up and leaving felt like going back to boarding school or the Army😖

      Somehow when we went to pay for our digs on our way out, firstly the lady at reception tried to screw us, and after Karen helped her right , she then ended up screwing herself😖 By the time we analyzed the bill we were half way to Haga Haga!

      The day got even better when we inquired via the internet, prices and availability at our next destination! Price for us 'Retirees'= R80.00/day🤷🏻‍♂️

      Stunning campsite right on the beach, 100m from the Highwater mark. Soon, like in the next day or two, we are off to Addo Elephant Park and I am so going to miss the loud crashing of waves, outside, all night! Even more depressing is that I may never experience this ever again 😖

      Today ended the Easter Long weekend and we found the park here at 'Yellow Sands' (still on the ‘Wild Coast’) practically empty.... and you know, how I hate people.... not a soul to be seen. The peace of being alone, 'surpaseth' all understanding! To quieten things even further, of all places in this country .... load shedding, and they don't even pay for it out here, anyway!

      Lots of Love, Peace and Light!

      M&K
      👍💐
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    • Day 12

      Reisetag an den Indischen Ozean

      April 9 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Ein wunderschöner Sonnenaufgang, 537km und 3 hochinteressante Tankstellenstops in the middle of nowhere

    • Day 35

      Day 35 - Yellow Sands / WildCoast

      April 19, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Tonight (Tue 19/05) is the last night living 100m from the Indian Ocean, for a while.

      We have decided to get to Addo Elephant Park on Wednesday and Thursday. About 4 hours, all in with our rig.

      We shopped rations in EL this afternoon, ready for our next week which will again, be pretty much off the network. After Addo, our plan is to leave the caravan somewhere on the Garden Route on Saturday and face the rigors of the mean Biviaanspoort, heading from Uniondale eastwards to Pretensie and back to the Garden Route, same day service😳

      Checking out from Yellow Sands, 2 x Nights for both of us R320.00😉

      Have a look at the attached photograph of the Yellow Sands Rates!!! R2,395/Site/month😜!!!
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    • Day 42

      Chintsa_Oase am Meer

      December 10, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Dass heute Morgen in den Bergen rund um den Barkly Pass noch einige Nebelschwaden um die Hügel gezogen sind, hat uns erstmal nicht verwundert. Wieder „unten“ angekommen war für einen kleinen Moment alles in Ordung, bis wir dann auf einen etwa 70 km langen Streckenabschnitt gelangt sind, der dann so alles kombiniert hat, was das Fahren in Südafrika erschweren kann: Jede Menge fiese Schlaglöcher, immer mal wieder Tiere, die am Strassenrand grasen (Kühe, Ziegen, Pferde) und in Dorfnähe auch noch Hunde, die sich so überhaupt nicht um den Verkehr scheren. Mit was wir dann aber so gar nicht gerechnet haben, war richtig dicker Nebel – und das über rund 70 km in Kombination mit Sprühregen und allen anderen Herausforderungen. Marc ist (fast) immer sehr erfolgreich um die Schlaglöcher gekurvt und so sind wir und auch das Auto dann irgendwann in ganzen Stücken dem Nebel entkommen. Nun konnten wir auch die wunderbare Landschaft wieder sehen. Die Strecke hatte es heute wirklich in sich. Normalerweise kann man durch die etwas grösseren Orte recht zügig durchfahren - heute kamen wir gleich durch zwei etwas grössere Dörfer, wo wir teilweise im Schritttempo durchfahren mussten: Unzählige Menschen, Tiere, Autos, Schubkarren oder Strassenstände. Im Gegensatz zum Western Cape sind die Dörfer und Städte hier ausschliesslich mit dunkelhäutiger Bevölkerung geprägt. Als Weisser ist man definitiv ein Exot und es fühlte sich für uns nicht wirklich gut an. Man darf nicht ausser Acht lassen, dass durch Corona die Armut sich noch zusätzlich verschlimmert und teils eine Arbeitslosigkeit von über 40% herrscht und ein Auto mit weissen Insassen durchaus Begehrlichkeiten wecken kann. Wir haben immer etwas aufgeschnauft, wenn wir ein solch wusliger Ort hinter uns lassen durften. Es ist schlussendlich alles gut gegangen und wir freuen uns schon ein bitzli auf das vertrautere Western Cape.
      Am Nachmittag sind wir dann im winzigen Küstenörtchen Chintsa angekommen und hausen hier in einem sehr hübschen Resort, welches uns Sandy und Louis empfohlen und organisiert haben.
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    • Day 43

      Chintsa_Digital Detox im Regen

      December 11, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Leider regnet es fast den ganzen Tag wie aus Kübeln - eigentlich ideal um mal die Fotos und den Blog etwas à jour zu bringen. Leider befinden wir uns im digitalen Hinterland und konnten gerade so mit viel Zeit- und Nervenaufwand die nächste Unterkunft buchen. Wir werden gleich bis nach Plettenberg Bay durchfahren und freuen uns wie kleine Kinder - auch endlich soll das Wetter mal wieder so richtig gut sein. Wir vermissen die Sonne!Read more

    • Day 33

      Day 33 - Morgan Bay

      April 17, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      For a few days now since arriving, we have tried to drive the track from Morgan's to 'Double Mouth', but rain washed out play, practically every day. Today instead of a run, we drove there and visited the enormous cliffs diving right down into the water, 100m below, with monster waves crashing up all of 20m high! So awesome!

      We drove right into the Reserve and only wanted to take a 20min walk around to see the campsite. At the office the guy now sitting inside a battered and filthy 'EC Parks and Tourism' Bakkie, eating fistfuls out of a loaf of white bread, mouth full and blaring 'music' on the car radio, told Karen R45 each! The sign board at the entrance, though (scratched out), clearly advises R25.00 p/p😖!! Inflation is a Mother!!!

      This stunning scenery was totally destroyed by his attitude, not to mention the unofficial 'Yoeman of the Guard' opening/closing the gate across the road! The look this 'little shit' gave Karen in response to the R2 she gave him for so competently completing this strenuous task! How did we spoil these kids fifty years ago, by throwing suckers out of the car window, which we should never have done! Such colonial bastards, and so demeaning! Apart from the inflation from 1 sucker to R2.00 nothing has changed! Quite right, it is still demeaning to all of us, to hand out R2.00 for fuck-all!!! Never again will we be so generous, as to pay for nothing! When it was bucketing with rain a few days ago, Yoeman had vanished!😖 Such a fair-weather child😖!!!

      We lunched with Ray and Liz, a serious braai'ed NTVL Rump, a delicious salad and baby spuds, Pickled Oyster Mushrooms and a cold 'Ratatouille' The afternoon faded as we pushed the last Tipsy Tart in and down, with our thumbs!

      Thank you so much to Ria, Theunis, Liz and Ray, for showing too much generosity and compassion, to the ‘Homeless’😉👍🏻😂

      After much deliberation we will be moving out in the morning, to just a few bays down the coast, in the direction of East London. 'Yellow Sands'.

      Good night!

      Love, Peace and Light

      M&K
      👍🌺
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    • Day 32

      Day 32 - Morgan Bay/Kei Mouth

      April 16, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Like a CD... (Compact Disk) player of old, when we got back to camp after our extended lunch with the Keeny's yesterday, there was Little Willy around and around his circuit at top-speed💨 !!!Who was awake, up and about first this morning? Free Willy, by himself already on the other side of the river mouth!

      Took a chance on the weather earlier, to run up past the Milford Hotel to Keightley's Krantz, and onto the 'Double Mouth Nature Reserve', there and back about 8km.

      On our return to camp yesterday, my worst nightmare👹 Any campers worst! Two caravans of Trailer-trash/Sea weed, washed up several sites from us! One piece if Seaweed who just so loves his voice and a woman who also does, as well as her own cackling laugh! Clearly half deaf and Zero sound control! At 02:15 caravan doors were banging, that sounded so close I thought it was our car door, or maybe they were just banging!🤨 There after all the clanging, the do€s was sitting under his awning having a cigarette @ 02:15!!!

      Visited two Flea Markets, one at 10:00 in the morning at Morgan's and a second at 14:00 at Kei Mouth. Beer-on-Tap🍻 was high on the menu at both and so we partook! Tai Spring rolls for breakfast and Nguni Burgers for lunch. 'Delish'!!

      Went back to Ray and Liz for a 'snack' and retired back to camp😴😴😴

      Love, Peace and Light,
      M&K
      👍🏻💐
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    • Day 11

      Chintsa

      November 17, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Am 16. kamen wir nachmittags in Chintsa an und beschlossen bei leider nicht so tollen Wetter den Strand zu erkunden, mega! Bis auf Fischer die sich entschlossen haben einen Hai zu angeln... Abends dann Abendbrot und noch ein wenig Karten spielen bei ein oder 2 Drinks:)
      Am nächsten Tag gingen Elemijn und ich am Strand reiten und nachmittags hatte ich dann meinen ersten surfkurs!! Das war soo so cool! Ich habe es sogar geschafft zu stehen und zu surfen! Der Surflehrer konnte mir nicht glauben dass ich es noch nicht vorher gemacht habe und hat auch ein wenig mit mir geflirtet.. ne danke.. Abends dann wieder essen und ein wenig zusammen sitzen. Tolle Gruppe und tolle Zeit!
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    • Day 11

      Kei Mouth

      August 5, 2012 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

      http://www.travelark.org/travel-blog-entry/tofo…

      We enjoyed our longest sleep in yet, awaking for breakfast around 8am. Our itinerary for the day involved exploring the beaches of the Wild Coast, first at Kei Mouth itself, and then the nearby Morgan Bay. We walked both beaches, exploring the rockpools and enjoying a milkshake at Kei Mouth. At Morgan Bay, we headed to the bar for drinks and some Olympics Viewing, away from the cold blustering wind.
      The beaches were both really underwhelming given their high reputation. Dinner was Kudu & potatoes. Power failed us around dusk, and did not return for the entire night. After dinner, we attempted to teach our tour guide poker by candle light. This did not go... smoothly and the game was essentially declared... VOID.
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