By Robert Yoshioka
This morning we said good-bye to Cape Town as we boarded our flight up South Africa’s Garden Route to George. The views from the flight were absolutely stunning – this coastal region is where lush forests meet pristine beaches and would rank high among aviary, simian and human travelers alike. This was perfect as our first stops in George were to Birds of Eden and Monkeyland.
“Birds of Eden is a two-hectare dome that spans over a beautiful gorge of indigenous forest. It is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. The forest contains stately tree ferns, solid ironwood and majestic yellowwood trees. It is amazing how you can recreate a forest with enough time and effort – this land used to be a farm dump site!”
“Monkeyland is the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. It was built to provide a home for pet monkeys that weren’t working out as pets. That means almost all pet monkeys! They thrive in this beautiful natural forest.”
“I find the lemurs especially endearing to watch in the forest. They have a comical joie de vie that is irresistible.”
After a morning amongst the exotic birds, we indulged in the best bread you will ever taste (seriously) and then retired to our picture-perfect resort overlooking the Knysna waterfront.
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