Tuesday, November 13, 2018

South Africa Day 8

A light post for this day, which usually indicates lots of travelling in the coach.

We had choices, zip lining or bungee jumping. At a 260 metre drop, the bungee jump is the longest in the world and has been done by South African politicians and world celebrities.

This is where the bungee jump was to happen.


We did choose the slightly more sedate zip lining. We knew all about ziplining from Canada, although we did not do it there. Of course you go downhill when ziplining, though R amused us when he reached a zip line station safely and then came half way back to us. Ah, R has safely done this one. No, wait, he is coming back again. He missed his footing and had to hand over hand himself to the zip line station. We had two guides, the gorgeous Nigel, and some chick. She went ahead and Nigel followed. We being busy and active, so no photos. I expected there would be a vehicle at the bottom to take us back to our coach. But no, we had to walk 650 metres up a steep hill. Nigel and his companion were patient as we oldies kept stopping for a breather.


It rained while we ziplining. We were at quite a high elevation. Little Jo's words were ringing in my ear, there is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, and my short sleeved shirt was inappropriate. Of course I put on bravado. Not cold at all. I am fine. I was freezing cold and the fire, food and hot drinks were most welcome back at the base. For the first time the coach heating kicked in and it was welcomed by me as my shirt dried.


A nice enough place for lunch. We skipped the optional walk and boardwalk walk. I don't think we missed much.  Why aren't these dudes actually going anywhere?


We watched a kayaker come out and rescue this bloke who had fallen out of his kayak. No sooner was the rescuer back at shore, than the same tosser fell out of his kayak again. The rescuer had to come out again and put the bloke back in his kayak. Why does this stupid man keep falling out of his kayak? R informed, staff training to rescue kayakers.


This is a fast boat for tourists, that goes up and over waves, hopefully.


Tourists were loaded and off the boat went out into heavy seas.


Of course there were waves and rough seas, wherever we were.


That night we stayed at Cape St Francis. 

33 comments:

  1. "Chick" is a demeaning term here in the US nowadays. Just FYI.

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    1. Whimsy2, lucky I am not there then. We use many words and do things here that would be offensive in the US. Google Harry Connick Jr black face.

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  2. I stand here amazed that the two of you went ziplining. This is obviously the first of many new experiences for you to encounter now you are retiring.

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    1. Marie, first and last time and I won't be taking up ziplining in retirement. I've done it. No desire to do it again.

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  3. Ziplining? Wow.
    And walking up that hill again as well...
    Love those ocean views.

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    1. EC, it was very hard work, but we did it.

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  4. If someone called me a Chick, I would be simply delighted! People in the USA are taking themselves far too seriously!
    Now Bungee Jumping and/or zip-lining are off the books for me now. I was given a list of things I can no longer do since my surgery. I am sure they both would be on the list if my doctor thought I would be crazy enough to do them!
    Since I have a fear of heights, I'm thinking these ultimate sports will never be a part of my life.
    The ocean views are amazing. I am definitely an ocean girl!

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    1. Maribeth, I am not one for these sorts of things either, but it was better than just watching bungee jumping. I was being very careful of my back.

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  5. I would choose ziplining over bungee jumping too, but I also would have tried the boardwalk. I'm glad to hear there are people being trained to rescue kayakers.

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    1. River, if it was just me I might have taken the walk, but I have the older R to consider. I haven't mentioned it yet but staff are very well trained in South Africa so far as safety goes.

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  6. Even middle aged men are just boys at heart.
    Bungee jumping?

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    1. Hels, well we didn't do that. I don't trust people that much.

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  7. Of course you were right to avoid the Bungee Jumping; it can't be good for the tripes.

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    1. Cro, I am not sure where my tripes are, but I think you are right, and it would not be good for my back.

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  8. Gosh I would never go Bungee jumping no matter what age, such things were not about when I was young.
    Well that person that kept falling out of the kayak was a trier.

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    1. Margaret, I think they have to weigh you, then calculate the drop as against you weight. So much human error that could go wrong, and who checks that the lacky band you drop on has not worn out?

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    2. I'm sure that would be checked surely it would.

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  9. You are having fun living life on the edge.
    Merle,,,,,.......

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    1. Merle, a bit on the edge for us old blokes but you have to do things in life.

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  10. Very brave of you and R to do ziplining, something I wouldn't do for sure, unless there was a safety net underneath :)

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    1. Sami, I didn't really think about falling. The staff kept clipping the hooks and things on us. It felt very safe.

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  11. Zip lining and bungee jumping.. definitely on my bucket list 😉😀😀😊 How brave you were you two, the walk back up the hill didn't sound like much fun!

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    1. Grace, you lie! No, not much fun walking up the hill, but as I was wet, it wasn't too hot.

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  12. I can't imagine bungee jumping. Even ziplining would be a challenge for me. I don't deal well with heights:)
    What an adventure!

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    1. Sandra, I certainly would not bungee jump, but ziplining seemed quite safe.

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  13. I doubt that I would be brave enough for zip lining.

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    1. Victor, I was more concerned that it would hard work rather than safety or any bravery.

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  14. Wow zip lining you two are adventurous.

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  15. I just went back to Day 7 and looked at the Animal Park pics.
    Awesome! I would have loved that.

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    1. Sandra, and more to come. It was good to see them in natural habitat.

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  16. All sports for me to end up early in a coffin !

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    1. Gattina, I agree with you. Sports make your body wear out. But the ziplining wasn't too hard.

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