The alarm went off at seven o’clock this morning. The whole dorm woke up I’m afraid. The dorm was devided in two parts and the part we were not lying in had the bathroom. This was cool, because it meant that only the two people sleeping in that part heard us showering. They had to get up early themselves anyways.
We had to do a switcheroo with the cars. We first picked up a car at the other end of the city and then dropped off the car we rented the day before through Nothando Backpackers. That meant I had to drive in one of the cars a bit, which meant driving on the ‘wrong’ site of the road. The shiftgear was also on the wrong site for me, so I drove in four a while while I thought I was driving in two.
From Plettenberg Bay we made our way to Bloukrans Bridge where I was going to do the bungee-jump for the second time. The people from Face Adrenalin had everything very well arranged, so after I got there it did not take long before we left towards the bridge. There were two other woman on my group, both were also dutch-speaking, so we talked in dutch a lot. One of the woman also had her brother with her and the other her husband. The men all stayed up at the lookout to see us jump. They were too scared…
Our jumpmaster from Face Adrenalin was very good and managed to keep us relaxed untill the jump. I went second this time and they asked me if I wanted to jump backwards. That was going a bit too far for me, so I just jumped forwards this time. The last time I had to be pushed, so I’m already very proud of myself that I jumped this time. The flight down was still really cool and going back up again was not scary anymore. All in all a very big success!!!!
My brother then dropped me at Monkeyland, since he was going back to Cape Town. I am going to miss him on the rest of this trip. Lara from Monkeyland was very welcoming and even offered my brother a drink before moving on. She had arranged for me to get a private tour from Bert. He was really good at explaining the differences between the different kinds of primates, we should not call them monkeys because that is just one of the subspecies. There are apes, monkeys, miniature monkeys and half monkeys. Apes are the largest primates of all. The monkeys can be devided into new world monkeys (from South America) and old world monkeys (from Africa and Asia). See, I learned a lot today.
After Monkeyland I got to take a tour through Birds of Eden. There were so many different kinds of birds. Not all equally pretty,but almost all birds that I haven’t seen before. They are living in a piece of forest where they try to bring them back to nature, just like the primates in Monkeyland. At both sites they try to make the animals that were kept in captivity before, act wild again. I think this idea is very impressive of the founders, who are the same for both sites I believe.
From Birds of Eden I went back to Monkeyland where Lara had arranged for Bert to drive me to my backpackers. This was extremely nice of them. So we went into Stormsriver village to the Tsitsikamma Backpackers. When we arrived I got shown to my room immediately, which is pretty big with a nice big bed in it. I then got the tour of the rest of the place. The showers and toilet are down the hall, where several bedrooms are. The kitchen and the washing area is pretty big. Behind that there is a big bar with a pool table and a foosball table. Near the reception is a sitting area with a TV and books, which is where I crashed almost immediately.
After sitting there for a while the people from Tsitsikamma Backpackers showed me where the best restaurants are. I ended up going to a Marilyn Monroe themed restaurant. This was very funny to me, but they have great food. After the walk back in the dark I crashed in front of the TV again, which was still on the same channel as when I left, haha. Goodnight.