Martin Hitge picked us up at our hotel in Capetown on a Sunday morning and we soon got acquainted with a group of delightful traveling companions from Austalia, Brazil and the UK. We were in for a fascinating and varied travel experience. Our first stop was Hermanus, the world's whale watching capitol. We then visited Cape Agulhas, Africa's southernmost point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Monday's highlight was a visit to the Cango Caves near Oudtshorn, South Africa's ostrich center. That evening we were treated to ostrich steaks from a local ranch. They were delicious, like eating a very tender beef steak. Other highlights included a stop at the Bloukrans Bridge, where some of the younger members of our party partook in the world's highest bungie jump. A hike along the coast in Tsitsikamma National Park on a rainy morning provided spectaucular views of a rugged coast, a chance to see many wildflowers and rock hyrax, the closet living relative of elephants. Game drives in Addo Elephant National Park provided an opportunity to see large herds of buffalo and elephants as well as zebra, kudo, warthogs, jackals and other animals. A special treat was a stop at Botlierskop Farms where we had the opportunity to walk with Mufasa and Lyla, a pair of young, very well trained lions. We could even pet Lyla on the rump. Our accomodations were backpacker lodges. They were simple but clean and comfortable. Martin, it was a great trip. We would do it again. Many many thanks.
Bill and Pat Ciesla
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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