Everyone, including everyone we had met, had signed up for a NYE hike which took all day. We hadn’t because we had planned on going back to sleep after watching the sunrise. We awoke before ten and saw everyone leave and regretted not having signed up as well because we didn’t feel like spending the whole day on the beach. Again.
When we asked the receptionist about the surfing lessons, she informed us that the only thing to do that day was the NYE-hike and that we were too late for that.
At least the beach dogs were glad to see us again.
Our local and almost-local friends came back from the hike soon enough and we had a great time drinking gin tonic and talking about the past year- before going to the Coffee Shack NYE party.
It turned out that everyone had a bracelet for the party in the Coffee Shack- except us.
Gladly, they let us in anyways, since we were able to present our dorm key.
The party was fun, though René had to leave it early and Nici stayed until the next morning. Some hiked up the hill to drink “sunuppers” while watching the sunrise. Nici joined them but it was too cloudy to even slightly see the sun. Good that we had already done that the day before- and we had even been the only ones :-)
We knew that continuing our roadtrip on New Year’s Day wasn’t a good idea, but our tight schedule didn’t leave us many options.
René was too sick to drive and Nici had only gotten 2 hours of sleep but she hadn’t drunk that much so she took the wheel.
And promptly we were controlled by the police.
They didn’t seem to care about our rental contract (which only mentioned one driver and that’s René), so nothing happened.
A local had advised us to drive to Hogsback and stay in the [Away with the Fairies Backpackers]
, which was on our way and only took 5 hours to reach.
That place is absolutely amazing!
It lies in the middle of a magic forest with trees that are hundreds of years old. People say it’s the place where Tolkien got his inspiration for “the Hobbit”.
It does feel very mystical with all the big butterflies flying around and the birds singing and the backpackers place itself was painted beautifully with elves and flowers.
It would’ve been lovely to hike through the old forest, but unfortunately, we could only stay for one night and had to drive on early the next morning.
The next drive took us very long and the road led us along the Garden Route- which we absolutely had not wanted, since it’s boring and very touristic…
We stayed one night in Oudtshoorn, in a backpackers with very nice people. But there we were glad that we didn’t stay longer, because that area is very touristic and offers many attractions that are just downright stupid and exploit animals. We were asked if we wanted to ride ostriches or go cage diving or pet lions and cheetahs. There was also cage diving with crocodiles or go fishing. NO, THANK YOU.
We already mentioned that we don’t support attractions that exploit animals and we honestly don’t understand how anyone could. People should learn to respect nature and enjoy its presence without feeling the need to destroy it.
After all you can enjoy a lake without killing its inhabitants, visit ostriches and other animals in sanctuaries or nature reserves without petting them and if you ever want to dive with a shark, you can do that without a cage. Sharks are made aggressive on purpose to entertain the tourists. Usually people attract the sharks by spilling animal blood in the water or putting a fake bait (a thing that looks like a seal) on the surface near the boat and when the sharks come and realize there’s no actual food they get frustrated. Obviously.
Anyways when we left we took route 62, which is stunningly beautiful and offers a similar view as the route 66 in the states.