This weekend was spent as a Backpackers Weekend. I must admit, before this weekend I had never heard of backpacking vacations. Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent international travel. It includes the use of a backpack or other luggage that is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time; the use of public transport; inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels; a longer duration to the trip when compared with conventional vacations; and an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights. It is typically associated with young adults who generally have fewer obligations and thus more time to travel. They also have less money to spend on hotels or private vehicles. It may include wilderness adventures or be limited to travel within settled areas.
After zip lining, we went to the Garden Route National Park, which is a protected area well known as a coastal reserve for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail.
Afterwards, we checked into Tube n Axe Backpackers Lodge. This backpacking experience was new and different for me.
The lodge holds a nightly roaring campfire and this is where I met some interesting people.
I met Julia and Mandy, who were from Germany and on a baz bus tour; which is a hop on hop off backpacker tour. They were on an extended vacation where they would be traveling to South Africa, Peru, Australia and some other places (I don’t remember). They were using baz bus tour during their stay in South Africa. Their vacation will not end until the end of January!
Nelson and I met another guy, who was also from Port Elizabeth.
I met another couple from Germany; Christian and Myah. Christian is a doctor and had been working in Cape Town. Myah is his girlfriend and came to Cape Town to visit him. They were doing a vacation before returning back home to Gernmany.
The Port Elizabeth guy went and got his guitar to play around the campfire, which drew the attention of others. Everyone had a singing good time.
The next day (Sunday) we went to Ocen Blue Adventures, situated in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (20 minutes from Knysna), for permitted boat based whale watching encounter.
We spotted some whales, but I was unable to capture a picture of them. And I did get sick on the boat.
Other views from the boat
After an unsuccessful encounter with the whales, we went for lunch at Ristorante Enrico, where the terrace of Enrico’s in Plettenberg Bay is a prime site for watching dolphins and whales with swooping views across the bay to Robberg. As their logo say “Any closer and you will get wet”!
I enjoyed the Seafood Pasta!