The Grants' African adventure

A study in space and time

We’ve been trooping around in our Kombi-like vehicle for a week now, and while it is a fantastic, easy-to-clean, easy-to-drive eight seater vehicle, it’s still challenging to be cooped up with five of the male species for such a large part of the day (sorry guys, but I have to be honest!). Our wonderful nephew Lance has the unenviable chance to see our family at it’s best and it’s very worst – farts and all, you might say.

Driving The Garden Route has allowed us to see some beautiful places and we keep saying to each other that we wish we had longer at each place – that is when everything is peaceful and we don’t feel like wringing each others’ necks!

Here are a few of the highlights of the last couple of days:
# Cango Caves – These were amazing, massive caves with many different ‘rooms’. After much discussion it was decided that Andrew, Elijah and myself would do the ‘standard one hour tour’ and Lance, Joseph and Tim would do the ‘Two hour Adventure Tour’. Their tour was amazing! We saw pictures of some of the tiny places Lance, Joseph and Tim squeezed through and I really don’t know how some people made it!

# Go-Karts – This was just one of those places we happened upon whilst looking for lunch. There are two factors that make it possible to do quite a lot here. One is that everything is very cheap and the other is that there aren’t many age-limits or safety controls! Don’t worry, we are careful about what we choose to do. You might be horrified to know, though, that we passed a Bungee-jumping place that boasted the largest jump in the world (216m!) and we seriously considered stopping for it!

# Gorah Sands Country Guesthouse – This is where we are right now. Andrew booked all our accommodation online before we left Australia purely based on what looked good and was affordable. We really feel like we ‘scored’ with this one! It’s a beautiful, old, four-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of nowhere! Right now we are sitting in front of a roaring fire and I don’t even know where the kids are! Bliss! This afternoon I managed to sneak out for a walk by myself whilst the others played football. Within a very short while I had 360 degree views of farmland and only birdsong and cattle mooing for company. I felt like I hadn’t been alone for a long time – actually, I hadn’t! I did get a bit of a fright when a gemsbuck (type of antelope) darted in front of me. I thought to myself, quite irrationally, that if there were antelope around maybe there were lions too!
I headed back pretty quick.

Tomorrow we’re off to Kei Mouth for a night and then on to Port Shepstone to stay with family for a few days.

Some things we are getting used to about South Africa:
# Baboons everywhere, sometimes darting across the road, babies on backs, bottoms in the air!
# Driving quirks – South African drivers are very courteous, on the whole, and there are a few unwritten rules that we have learned.
# Dividing prices by eight to work out the Aussie dollar equivalent.
# People not understanding our accent – and us not understanding theirs!
# Cheap meals – it’s really not worth cooking when a main meal costs about $4.

Bye till next time!

4 responses

  1. Sheila Grant

    Anne my darling, you make everything seem so “visual’, LOVE YOUR HONESTY, AND LOVE YOUR SSENSE OF HUIMOUR…. So thrilled you are having such a great time…Heaps to talk about when you get home! Love you, Mum

    July 7, 2012 at 6:40 am

  2. grandpa1931

    Why on earth would one bother with going to USA when for a quarter of the price you could do RSA, don’t you reckon? When you get to Pt Shepstone you should arrange some girlie time with Letitia and Juanita and her three girls. Get away from all that farting!! Won’t be too long now before you’ll be home…looking forward to catching up with you all.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  3. Hi Anney! Great to get time to yourself with the cows and birds and lovely view! Also glad you didn’t go bungy jumping! Lots of people are reading your blog – eg Robyn Mackenzie, Amelia etc. Can’t wait to catch up – the five weeks have flown and probably even more so with you globe trotters! Love from Mumsie XXX

    July 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  4. The Inalds

    What a lovely walk you went on Anney! I can just imagine it. Our internet ran out at the start of the week and I haven’t been able to check your blog – it’s been fun catching up on all the news. Have a lovely last few days. Love Fi

    July 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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