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Storms River, South Africa-cool adventure sport mecca

The Otter Trail is one of the most popular in South Africa so you have to reserve space well in advance; it is located on the Indian Ocean in the Garden Route National Park

The Otter Trail is one of the most popular in South Africa so you have to reserve space well in advance; it is located on the Indian Ocean in the Garden Route National Park

Storms River has become known for the many adventure sports available here; we stayed 2 nights in the colorful, nearby village of Storms River

Storms River has become known for the many adventure sports available here; we stayed 2 nights in the colorful, nearby village of Storms River

This is the bridge Lee bungee jumped off of; it holds the Guinness World Record as the highest bungee jump from a commercial structure (216 m)

This is the bridge Lee bungee jumped off of; it holds the Guinness World Record as the highest bungee jump from a commercial structure (216 m)

How could anyone take a flying leap off this bridge?; Lee insisted on not acting his age by bungee jumping here and said it was awesome

How could anyone take a flying leap off this bridge?; Lee insisted on not acting his age by bungee jumping here and said it was awesome

The zipline under the Bloukrans River Bridge looked like fun but only people doing the bungee jump were allowed; the rest of us had to walk to the midpoint of the bridge to observe

The zipline under the Bloukrans River Bridge looked like fun but only people doing the bungee jump were allowed; the rest of us had to walk to the midpoint of the bridge to observe

When we signed up for rafting the Storms River these rafts weren't what we had in mind; they were similar to what you'd have in a backyard pool but were fun nonetheless

When we signed up for rafting the Storms River these rafts weren't what we had in mind; they were similar to what you'd have in a backyard pool but were fun nonetheless

Gross!; biltong seems to the South African equivalent of jerky; this traditional South African snack can be made from springbok, kudu or other game

Gross!; biltong seems to the South African equivalent of jerky; this traditional South African snack can be made from springbok, kudu or other game

The hike wouldn't have been too bad except there were long stretches of climbing over boulders; the youngsters in our group were super fast so I enjoyed most of the hike in solitude

The hike wouldn't have been too bad except there were long stretches of climbing over boulders; the youngsters in our group were super fast so I enjoyed most of the hike in solitude

I was relieved to finally reach the turnaround point of our Otter Trail hike; it was a beautiful walk along the coastline on a perfect day

I was relieved to finally reach the turnaround point of our Otter Trail hike; it was a beautiful walk along the coastline on a perfect day

We just hiked the first 5km of the Otter Trail although by getting lost I think it ended up being closer to 8km; then walking to the Suspension Bridge Trail and it was close to a 10km day and a scenic workout

We just hiked the first 5km of the Otter Trail although by getting lost I think it ended up being closer to 8km; then walking to the Suspension Bridge Trail and it was close to a 10km day and a scenic workout

I didn't expect to see a bushbuck while hiking the Otter Trail; of course I tried to coax him over with tempting foliage but he was too smart for my antics

I didn't expect to see a bushbuck while hiking the Otter Trail; of course I tried to coax him over with tempting foliage but he was too smart for my antics

The waters were so rough that we walked to Storms River rather than starting outside the mouth of the river to begin our kayak; I think Lee and I could have handled the rough seas just fine though

The waters were so rough that we walked to Storms River rather than starting outside the mouth of the river to begin our kayak; I think Lee and I could have handled the rough seas just fine though

This is the mouth of Storms River but the photo doesn't capture how crazy powerful the crashing waves were; if you ever explore the Garden Route then I'd definitely recommend spending a day here

This is the mouth of Storms River but the photo doesn't capture how crazy powerful the crashing waves were; if you ever explore the Garden Route then I'd definitely recommend spending a day here

We used our hands to paddle our rafts up the Storms River past stunning cliffs; it was quite refreshing and the perfect activity after our sweaty hike

We used our hands to paddle our rafts up the Storms River past stunning cliffs; it was quite refreshing and the perfect activity after our sweaty hike

I probably needed the helmet more on the hike than when kayaking; we had long stretches on our bus so our group was happy to be outside on such a gorgeous day

I probably needed the helmet more on the hike than when kayaking; we had long stretches on our bus so our group was happy to be outside on such a gorgeous day

Our guides issued a challenge to see if anyone could stand on their raft so, of course, Lee accepted; only one other person, in addition to Lee, succeeded

Our guides issued a challenge to see if anyone could stand on their raft so, of course, Lee accepted; only one other person, in addition to Lee, succeeded

Lee is as active as ever taking advantage of every opportunity to burn some calories; unfortunately, on this jump he lost his Apple watch

Lee is as active as ever taking advantage of every opportunity to burn some calories; unfortunately, on this jump he lost his Apple watch

Posted by VagabondCowboy 03:33

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