Day 2 of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency's Mini vs Maxi Adventure across the Eastern Cape started with a beautiful sunrise in Morgan Bay for Team Mini. After a long day on Day 1 having left Port Elizabeth at 5am, I had a very good night's sleep and was ready get rolling after a hearty breakfast.
The first stop of the day was back at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve outside East London where we had the maxi burgers on day 1. They had two activities planned for us, the first being a fantastic experience of walking with elephants. Its one thing viewing these magnificent animals from a game drive vehicle but its something totally different walking arms length away from them through the bush. It such a privilage to be so close to these giant creatures and being able to touch and interact with them while they are just mozying along.
After our walk with the elephants we headed to Inkwenkwezi's cheetah enclosure. Here we had the awesome chance to get face to face with the fastest mammal in the world. When you walk into the enclosure you hear something that sounds like a growl, but you quickly find out that they are purring. The cats weren't at all bothered with us and allowed us to scratch them behind their ears and on their tummies.
After a hearty lunch we hopped into the VW Polo and headed down the road to Arena Riverside Resort where we were kitted out in harnesses and helmets. The first section of our visit involved a guided game drive on quad bikes during which we spotted a number of animals like zebra, giraffe and wildebeest. The ride, specially up and down the steep hills, was absolutely exhilarating, specially seeing that it was my first time on a big quad bike.
We received the fortunate opportunity to try out Arena's new zipline experience called AmaZing Zing. I say "fortunate opportunity" as they only officially open it on the first of September. So wê wê wê. It wasn't hard to see where the name comes from as the cable go ziiiiiinnnnngggggg as you fly down it. There are 10 slides although time only allowed us to do 4 of them. What an absolutely awesome experience. From Arena we headed to Stokkies and Skulpies Self Cottages at Sunrise on Sea where we are, as I'm writing this, having a braai while watching some rugby. A boys night in.