Day 2 – 9.15.16 Inverdoorn and Wellington, South Africa

We woke up at the crack of dawn for our morning Safari. It was freezing cold at about 40F with wind chill. Um…. How will I survive Antarctica?

Sunrise over Inverdoorn
Sunrise over Inverdoorn

The Safari was magnificent! We drove around for about an hour and didn’t see anything except for two ostriches. I was getting bummed because I really wanted to see elephants, my favorite animal. In the next hour, we saw more zebras and Cape buffalos, then the killer hippos, lounging lions and some giraffes. I thought I could be satisfied because giraffes are my second favorite, but then all of sudden two elephants crossed our path. A huge lump welled in my throat and tears started running down my eyes. I’ve seen elephants at the zoo, but never in such vastness without bars on a cage door. Elephants can walk more than 20 miles a day and Inverdoorn has 27,000 acres for them to roam freely! I was a happy camper that morning.

Next on the itinerary was Wellington, a small town filled with wineries like Napa, California. The road getting there was treacherous. We were okay with the warning signs for baboons, but we made the mistake of taking a short cut. Bain’s Kloof Pass is a narrow, windy road with one-way bridges like the Road to Hana. We had a blind left toward a bridge and a van came charging in front of us. Brian was able to swerve out of the way, but scratched the bumper of our rental car on the rocks lining the cliff.

Bain's Kloof Pass
Bain’s Kloof Pass

When we got to Wellington, we wanted to get the car fixed. The scratch was very small but you know how car rental companies are notorious for overcharging. We were told of one body repair shop in town, but it did not have a website. People kindly gave us directions to the garage, but not all streets in Wellington are named. The instructions were in the form of landmarks: take the second exit at the roundabout, go 1 KM and after the second speed bump turn right, then turn left at CalPoly…. After a couple hours we finally found the repair shop and they told us they could fix it the next morning.

We stayed at a wine farm that evening and we enjoyed complimentary wine tasting. That was much needed after such a stressful day!

Dunstone Country Estate
Dunstone Country Estate