GARDEN ROUTE | SOUTH AFRICA

The South Africa adventure continues! Fresh from my first Safari we all headed back to the Garden Route to explore more of beautiful South Africa. The next few days is filled with fun activities and I was keen to explore and get lots of photos of our adventures.

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Straight after breakfast we all headed back to Wilderness. I had some goats milk which in turn made me very ill for the rest of the day but I refused to let it stop me from enjoying myself. We headed down to the coast for a little walk on the abandoned train tracks. Honestly, I cannot say enough how beautiful the views and scenery were on this walk. South Africa really is beautiful! 

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We followed the train tracks past the coastal line and through an old train tunnel to find a secret cave on the other side! Stuff like this is something I would normally avoid. Going on walks in places I’ve never been before never mind with a high mugging rate for one is not for me. My anxiety levels are too high for something like this but we a few of us together it was pretty safe. Plus, we had Paul with us (at Uni we called him Crazy Paul but has now been tamed by our Jenn and they are totally smitten!) so I felt very safe. Also, going thought a dark tunnel….nah….I would normally just turn around. 

My bravery was rewarded by this secret cave at the other side. It was filled with things donated by travellers. There was even a whole bed which was donated by someone from Egypt? I could barely get myself over the rocks on the coastline to get to the cave, never mind getting a whole bed with me too. No idea how it got in there! We all made small donations and had a little wonder round the cave which was beautifully decorated and a little bit weird to say the least. 

Once we had our fill of the weird but wonderful cave, we had a little stop outside just to admire the view. This was one of the most amazing spots I have ever seen! We had a walk along the abandoned bridge which was a little unsafe and scary for my liking. Even with a small hint of the film “Stand By Me” as I kept looking for trains (even though I knew they were no longer running!). 

“That was the all-time train dodge! Too cool! Vern, you were so scared you looked like that fat guy, Abbott Costello, when he saw the mummy.”

TEDDY – STAND BY ME

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We headed back to the hotel so I could have a cheeky nap as I was still feeling unwell and was woken by Amy so we could go on another adventure. She had lured me away from my bed saying she had a surprise for me it was totally worth it! ZEBRAS!!!!! So Zebras in South Africa are just wandering around like normal horses it seems. These particular Zebras lived just down the road from Ryan’s mothers house! What!?!? I wish I had Zebras outside my bedroom window but no, I have a car park. Soon, I will upgrade to a Sainsbury’s and that is as good as it gets. To be fair when I lived up north we had farms everywhere Cow and Sheep were as common as rain in Britain but there not as pretty as a Zebra. Ryan said they never normally come as close to the fence as they did with me. Personally, I think it was my pants. Very Zebra looking and I was obviously dressed for the occasion. They must have though I was one of them. 

Once I had bonded with my new Zebra friends, we were off to the last part of today’s adventure. We were off to “Big Tree”. Big Tree constituted having its own park named after it. It was HUGE! More big in width than in height. Still it was beautiful and was the perfect way to end the day.

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If you want to see more on my adventures in South Africa, please check out my Garden Route vlog below:

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17 Comments

  1. March 1, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Wow your photography is amazing! I really want to go to South Africa now, you have inspired me 🙂 Where abouts is the secret cave located?

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks! 😊 It’s in Wilderness!

  2. March 1, 2017 / 8:28 am

    South Africa is high up on my bucket list! How did you guys get around – self drive? SO interesting that someone left a bed – how random. What did you guys end up leaving?

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Yeah we drove! It’s so cheap to rent cars and petrol is next to nothing!

  3. March 1, 2017 / 9:13 am

    This looks absolutely stunning, never been to South Africa but your post definitely makes me want to go there!

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Definitely go! So amazing!

  4. March 1, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Such an interesting place with the secret cave. The pictures speak of itself. The trail on the abandoned rail looks very beautiful. Where in South Africa is this and where did you stay?

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      It’s in Wilderness! So beautiful!

  5. March 1, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Beautiful photos! The zebras looks very friendly. I hope I get the chance of close encounter with them. They look adorable. 🙂

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      It was one of the highlights of my trip! If you watch the vlog you can see me freak out when I saw them lol they followed me! Think it was the pants!

  6. March 1, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Wow! Your pictures of this place look amazing. That cave is so interesting!, what a weird thing to happen upon (Like your Stand By Me Quote! haa)

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Thank you! Yeah it was so random!

  7. March 1, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Why did the goat’s milk made you sick? Does it have that effect on most people? I think if I remember correctly, I used to drink goat milk as a kid but never really liked it. My mom would force feed it to me. Lol. (Asian parents! :p)

    It’s always good to travel with people you trust, I definitely wouldn’t go inside that cave on my own. :p

    • Natasha Atlas
      March 1, 2017 / 11:32 pm

      Hahaha I have no idea! Just sticking to regular cow milk from now on! 😄

  8. March 1, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    Wow! I think I just moved South Africa higher on my bucket list. So amazing. Great photos & video!!

  9. March 2, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    A bed in a cave? Sounds awesome 😂 And those zebras look so cute!! I’m jealous now ❤

    Jacky 🌞

  10. Nicole
    March 2, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I did this two years ago. Such a cool part of SA!

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