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Just a little distance from Knysna is Monkeyland. While looking for things to do around Knysna, our receptionist at the hotel suggested we do the Birds of Eden & Monkeyland tour. Apart from the innumerable species of monkeys, one that caught my attention was a monkey whom the authorities at the park called ‘Hanuman monkey’. It was named so as its origins is from the land of Hanuman – India
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249 Kms from Plettenberg Bay
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327 Kms from Plettenberg Bay
Richard, my host at Swellendam told me about the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn. I made my way through the majestic Tradouw Pass on R324 and passed through the towns of Ladismith and Calitzdorp before reaching Oudtshoorn. For Port Wine lovers, Calitzdorp offers some of the best Port Wine there is. I reached Cango Wildlife Ranch around 3 pm in the afternoon and got to live my childhood dream of petting a Cheetah in there. I reached Mossel Bay by dinner time and checked into a Backpackers hostel.
138 Kms from Plettenberg Bay
The next day would turn out to be the most intense day of my trip. I went hiking on St Blaize Trail early in the morning. The trail takes you onto the cliffs overlooking the ocean and is a good 13 km long. The weather was cloudy. So, with crepuscular sun rays piercing the clouds to hit the surface of the ocean, waves lashing onto the sedimentary rock formations and a cave which is known to have housed a core population which showed first signs of modern human behavior, this trail was a surreal brush with the past.