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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the Elephants (Nov 7th)

Today we woke up early again with the light streaming through the light curtains in our room. We are staying at a place called Cunningham's Island Guest House which is on Leisure Island, a small island of about 4km in circumference reachable by a causeway from the mainland. The guest house is nice enough, but we were a little disappointed because we had booked a specific room after viewing it on the website and when we arrived we ended up in a different room, which we were told was still a deluxe room. The room was very pleasant but nothing like the room we had thought we were getting and if we had known this when we booked we probably wouldn't have come here. Here is a photo of our room, which was up some stairs and had a little balcony:



Our room at Cunningham Island Guesthouse
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And here is a photo of the rather horrible bathroom:


Nasty bathroom at Cunningham Island Guesthouse, Knysna


The woman who owned the place seemed a bit sour faced and nowhere near as friendly as the other places we have stayed at so far. I wouldn't go back there if I was staying in Knysna again.

After our breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs we decided to take a quick look around the island, but took a wrong turning and ended up walking almost the whole circumference. It turned out to be a very pleasant walk - the sun was shining and it was a very sleepy, relaxed place with a pretty little beach.



Our room at Cunningham Island Guesthouse
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After our walk we took a trip to the Knysna Elephant park which is a park for orphaned elephants. After a quick film about the elephants we saw a gorgeous baby elephant who had been born in the park:



Baby Elephant
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We then met a few other elephants, took some photos and fed them. It was a bizarre experience feeding them - you just hold out the food and they pick it up with their trunks, or you can put it directly in their mouths, which was a bit too scary for my liking. Here is a photo of me feeding the elephants:


Feeding the Elephants
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And a couple of other photos of the gorgeous elephants - I must have taken at least 100 photos of them!



Knysna Elephants
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Knysna Elephants
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After the elephant park we took a quick visit to Plettenberg Bay for lunch - some grilled fish and salad in a bar beside the beach and took a walk along the beach.



Beach at Plettenberg Bay
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After lunch we drove to the centre of Knysna, which is about 30km from Plettenberg Bay and has a nice waterfront area. This area is almost like a mini version of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, with shops, restaurants and a marina.

We had a wander around, looked in a few shops and booked a restuarant for dinner. After so manybusy days it was nice to get the chance to sit next to the pool at the guesthouse and read for a while then relax in the room before going out for dinner.


Knysa
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Overall we had a good day and I would recommend Knysna as a base for touring the nearby areas of the garden route.

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