South Africa | Garden Route pt.1

Hello guys!

I have already left sweet sweet South Africa and came back home safe and sound yesterday morning. Through all the goodbyes and the traveling I haven’t found time to post all the wonderful pictures I have in petto for you guys. So we drove up to Oudtshoorn, stopped for a lunch in Montagu at “Die Kloof Padsral Route 62” where we stayed at the “Best little guesthouse“, which was highly recommended by trip advisor. There is a nice couple who owns the place and shows you around to make you familiar to the procedure of staying and having breakfast there. The rooms were more than sweet and we very much enjoyed our stay. On the next day we went off to explore the Cango Caves, which are simply breath-taking as well as the Cango Wildlife Ranch. There we also enjoyed our tour to the fullest, which was also due to the funny tour guide and the amazing wildlife that we could encounter there. At the end of the tour you could choose to have an Natural Encounters between you and a number of select ambassador species. As the website of the ranch states

“We trust that any Natural Encounter, will offer you a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ sheer thrill, and will create everlasting memories. The contented purr and amber stare of our cheetah or a blood-pumping cage-dive with a mighty 4-meter Nile crocodile.We hope that encounters with these magnificent creatures will encourage compassion and support in the plight that these species face on our fragile planet.”

I think they are definitely right on that these encounters create memorable moments and really help to collect money for the animals. After that we could go into a cage with a selection of different animals like the duiker, parrots, monkeys or many more, which I really enjoyed. I mean when do you really get the opportunity of getting so close to animals really? So I chose to go into the cheetah cage (they were amazingly calm) whereas Storm chose to go with the lemurs. It was hilarious to see them walk all over Storm trying to get the food. On our way to the ranch from the caves we also went past an ostrich farm where I stopped to take a couple of pictures. I split the road trip into two sections as I have so many pictures that I think it is definitely worth another post. So here I will stop to show you our impressions and pictures of our little tour until that point.

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