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Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Drive to Knysna (Nov 6th)

Today was a beautiful day, sunny with blue skies and not much wind - quite a contrast from yesterday. We had breakfast in the guesthouse then took a walk along the beach and took about a hundred photos of the huge waves, not quite managing to catch the dramaticness of them (is that a word?) on camera.


Cape St Francis
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Cape St Francis
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After our walk we started the drive to Knysna. The drive along this part of the Garden Route was very scenic, with lots of mountains, forests and coastline. We took a detour to the Tsitsikamma national park and down to Storm's River Mouth for a walk. There are quite a few walking trails in the park, both short and long and great views of the sea and the river mouth. There is also a restaurant and a shop here so it's a good place for a lunch break and it costs R40 per person to get into the park.



Beach at Storm's River Mouth
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We walked along one of the shorter trails and again took many photos of the waves, then it was back to the car to continue our journey.


Crashing Waves at Storm's River Mouth
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Our next stop was in Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Monkeyland was full of monkeys that had previously been in captivity and/or living in poor conditions and were being rehabilitated into a better environment. It's a little forest with walkways that allow the visitors to have a look at the monkeys. You can see a few photos of them below:


Monkey Chilling Out in the Trees
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Monkey
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We had a short tour around Monkeyland and also visited Birds of Eden which is a great place to see lots of unusual birds flying around. This was pretty enjoyable apart from the bird that landed on Stuart's shoulder and started nibbling his ear - ouch!


Parrot
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Monkey
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