You know it’s going to be a good day when the sun explodes out of the clouds as you stagger outside at 5:30 am. The “Spillers Bus Stop” team then headed off with a fully packed picnic basket; complete with a large thermos of rooibos tea, rusks, sliced mango, iced water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent for Lake Eland.
What a fabulous experience! The drive was beautiful ~ going through the old road, under a canopy of coastal bush ... “leopards” is what we all whispered, but what we saw was rocks, lichen, birds, sky, and how small we were in the landscape.
Our game drive and picnic stop en route to the Zip Line was filled with youngsters galloping about... baby impala, baby blesbok, wildebeest, warthogs, zebras and a fabulous sighting of giraffe as we made our way back out the gorge after our Zip Line tour.
Now, Paul & I were both coerced into this adrenaline experience by the quietly persuasive Debbie Walker. I am terrified of heights and I’m not sure what Paul’s original plan of escape was- but at the last moment we all signed our waivers and took the safety course. All the staff are fabulous, fun, professional and just so good at reading the individuals. They let me know the course was designed by an engineer- who is still involved in the business which helped me relax. We did 14 zips I think... all I know is - you don’t want it to end, as you zig zag your way down the gorge in a series of flights, taking in the dense greenery, the expanse of sky and mountains, becoming bolder with each free fall as you get the feel of the technique.
Our lunch was so affordable and delicious and driving home by 2.30 pm I felt like I had been on vacation! We all decided that EVERYONE needs to go to Lake Eland that visits the coast~ it is a local, understated, professionally managed treasure~ that I hope they can expand into more land! Have included their website link so you can get a taste of what’s all out there.
http://www.lakeeland.co.za #lakeeland #hibiscuscoast #africangrooves