Grahamstown to Cape Town
The third and final part of our #MyMzansiRoadtrip adventure saw us picking eight winners from Rhodes University who hopped onto the Baz Bus to head with us on to Jeffreys Bay – one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa for locals and tourists. In Jeffreys Bay we spent the night at Island Vibe Backpackers who were voted “Best Beach Experience in SA” in 2015. There are excellent surf spots on the doorstep of Island Vibe and when the swell pulls in, you’ll hear the crash of the ocean from your bed. There are also communal self-catering facilities and free WIFI, and a variety of activities (from surfing to horse riding to shopping and everything in between) on offer.
Island Vibe treated us to an awesome day of sandboarding and SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and a visit to a local waterfall where our winners got to try out the zipline and hike up the canyon. After an action packed day, we made our way to Plettenberg Bay where we’d call Amakaya Backpackers home for the evening.
Amakaya Backpackers is a clean, friendly and homely place where you can relax after an exhilarating day in the area. They have a great bar in their upstairs area where you can kick back and take in the view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the lagoon and the sea. They’re a 300m walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street, and 800m from the popular Central Beach – which is super convenient.
Our time in Plett was exciting to say the least! Our morning started off with a trip to Africanyon where our winners navigated through the river shallows; jumped, zip-lined, and swam through fresh-water mountain pools; and abseiled in and around waterfalls as they dipped down into the river gorge. From here we ventured out to Bloukrans Bridge – the world’s highest bungy bridge (sitting pretty at 216m) – for our winners to experience the bungy jump of a lifetime thanks to FaceAdrenaline. What an incredible day!
From here we spent the night at Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge in The Crags. This unique backpacker’s is located deep in the unspoiled heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, surrounded by the indigenous forests, pristine beaches and mountains of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Wild Spirit is a wonderful place if you’re looking to explore the local attractions or simply to kick back and embrace nature around you.
The next morning we packed up the Baz Bus and went on to enjoy beautiful views of Plett from a lookout point before making our way back to Grahamstown where the #MyMzansiRoadtrip came to an end for the Rhodes students.
Team STA Travel, Baz Bus and SA Tourism then continued on to Cape Town for our final campus activation at UCT, which went so well.
To everyone who helped make this #MyMzansiRoadtrip every bit incredible as it was, thank you!
Massive thanks must go to SA Tourism, Baz Bus, all of the backpacker and activity partners, and most importantly – to the students – who were ballsy enough to spin our adventure wheel and join in on our roadtrip of a lifetime at a moment’s notice!