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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Western Cape getaway {Part 2}

14th February
Valentine's Day!! We hadn't quite decided what to do for Valentine's and as luck would have it, we were tipped off that Rodriguez was going to be doing a surprise set at the Wilderness Hotel!!

Apparently his daughter is a local and he was down to visit her and wanted to play a few songs at the hotel. We were in a small conference room and probably about 15m away from this legend! It was such an awesome, totally unexpected surprise!

After Rodrigues we went to find somewhere to have a bite to eat and decided on Flava Cafe which ended up being possibly the best meal of my trip! 

The rest of the day was pretty chilled and we spent it with Travis's lovely cousins who we were staying with in George.

15th February
We hadn't panned anything for the rest of the trip so every day we woke up, checked the weather and made a decision on what we should do for the day. So off to Herolds Bay we went. It was such a lovely beach and DEAD quiet which was great! Unfortunately we forgot our beach stuff so we just walked along the rocky beach and explored the waterfront. 

After getting some sun and being hit by more waves, we made our way up to Dutton's Cove for lunch. It was rather windy so I opted for a latte instead of a cocktail. The food was good but the view was the real winner! 

16th February
Travis had visited the Cango Caves when he was younger and said that it was a must see, so we set off to Oudshoorn to check it out. It was a bit of a drive but so pretty in the mountains so we didn't mind at all. There were also so many ostrich farms along the way and as an ex ostrich farmer it always makes me happy to see these big birds! 

I had NO idea just how big these caves were! 

The caves were discovered in 1780 by a local farmer, the chamber he first was lowered down into (Van Zyl Hall, which is as long as a football field), is named in his honor. Further exploration was done and a second chamber discovered in 1792.

Some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (a time about 4500 million years ago) limestone can be found in the caves. In totality, the extensive system of tunnels and chambers in the Cango Caves stretch for over 4 kilometres, but the section open to visitors is about a quarter of this.

There was more to explore but for the second section it involved a lot of climbing and crawling through narrow tunnels so we gave it a pass! 

Photos really don't do the caves justice! Our guide was fantastic and shared some very interesting facts about these mysterious caves!

On the way home we stopped at a little look out point and took some epic photos!

All in all a great day!!


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