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Schotia Private Game Reserve is located about a 40-minute drive from Addo.
While Addo cost ZAR150 for each one of us, Schotia was ZAR650 for each! No wonder it's called "Private Game Reserve". This cost included refreshment, dinner and a special 4x4 called "Landy" which was driven and navigated by a ranger/guide.
The photo below shows (from left) Christian, Patricia, Reuben and me with our Landy behind us.

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Schotia was smaller than Addo in terms of the area. Therefore, our chance to encounter animals in Schotia was higher than that of Addo.
We saw many antelopes, zebras, a few roaming giraffes, and two beautiful white rhinos here.

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I was happy to see more animals in Schotia than in Addo, but there was one species missing and yet to be seen - lions.
Our ranger/guide kept driving the Landy as he was trying to locate the exact whereabouts of lions by cooperating with other Schotia rangers.

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Finally, we tracked down a herd of lions resting on a hill. They looked majestic, especially the male one with distinctive fur around his neck. Sadly but luckily, they all looked indifferent to us.

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The dinner as shown in the photo below was provided after sunset with lots of meat, a few veggies, bread and nice stew. This was apparently a typical South African meal and I really enjoyed it.

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Shortly after our dinner, we went for a night safari. It was completely dark with only the headlights of our Landy on. Not knowing what we might encounter on our way was a little creepy but exciting at the same time. And after 10 minutes of driving in the dark we found some gathering in the bush.

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It was the same herd of lions that we had encountered earlier in the afternoon.

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This time they were having dinner - some sort of meat, possibly a kudu. I was a bit skeptical about whether these lions hunted it on their own or Schotia's rangers placed it here for this whole show....?

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All in all, I really enjoyed the safaris at Schotia.
Although it was a little pricey, witnessing two big rhinos and a herd of lions paid off. It was almost 23pm when we got back to our hostel in PE. Thanks to Reuben, Patricia and Christian for their great company!

Now J-Bay is calling me.




Despite my strong resistance to riding BazBus, I took it again from PE to Jeffreys Bay (hereafter J-Bay) simply because it was cheaper than TRANSLUX or Greyhound.

My hostel in J-Bay is called Ubuntu Backpackers located behind supermarket Checkers.
I'm staying in a 6-bed dorm for ZAR100.00 per night including breakfast - it's normally ZAR120 but ZAR100 per night is a weekly rate if staying for 7 nights.

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A big surprise is that J-Bay is actually a decent-size town.
Jeffreys Bay is the name of a huge bay within which there appear to be quite a few sections such as Magnatubes, Boneyards, Supertubes (most famous), Tubes, Point, etc.... Luckily, Ubuntu is located within walking distance from all of these.

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The above photo only shows Boneyards and Supertubes. Magnatubes is located a little further south from Boneyards, while all the other sections are located further north from Supertubes as shown in the panoramic photo below. Imagine if huge swells start to come into this bay....

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Finally, I've come to where I've been longing to be for many years!!




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I was surfing mostly at Tubes or The Point up until now due mainly to the lack of swells, but this morning the very first decent-size swells have arrived in J-Bay.
The photo above shows the view from the balcony in Ubuntu Backpackers overlooking Boneyards.

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Waves were 4 to 5ft on sets with light cross-shore winds this morning. It was glassy enough with warm water at Supertubes.

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Set waves had nice long shoulders. They looked like they were going to close out, but they never did.
Surprisingly, taking off on a wave at the outside section of Supertubes wasn't too difficult for me. It was actually relatively easy, but making the first section and staying in the pocket all the way through was quite difficult and it would definitely require me to have skills and experiences.

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Today's waves were big enough for me to get the very first taste of Supertubes.
Hopefully, the next swell will bring some epic waves to have all the consecutive sections connected - from Boneyards or Supertubes through Impossibles, Coins, Salad Bowls and even up to Tubes or The Point. I keep my fingers crossed!




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Another decent-size swell has just arrived here today. This time the swell was one size bigger than the one we had a couple of weeks ago.

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Despite the fact that it's still not the main season for epic waves in J-Bay - normally from June to August - swells are very consistent at this part of the planet and I've been able to surf almost every single day. Happy and lucky!

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Additionally, because of the high consistency of ground swells as well as the high standard amongst surfers here in J-Bay, this legendary right-hander pointbreak drives my enthusiasm crazy and I wanna make my surfing more progressive than ever before.

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It's been three weeks since I came to J-Bay and I'm loving this town.
For many backpackers J-Bay must only be a little retirees' town with a few white-sand beaches. Whereas, for me J-Bay is a great surfie town with such a relaxing atmosphere.

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So what have I been doing for the last three weeks when the surf is flat?
In fact, the surf has never been flat at all. There are always waves somewhere in this town. However, if winds pick up late in the morning or in the afternoon, I usually go for a walk on the beach, or I go to my favourite cafe/restaurant called "Nina's" and have some coffee or ice cream there.

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The photo below shows the best dish at Nina's (I think), it was Thai-style stir fried vegetables and shrimps with rice. Quite tasty and it's only ZAR45 (about USD5.00). The best Asian food here in Africa for sure!

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How about the night life in J-Bay???
Yes, there are a few pubs and restaurants here. The photo below shows the staff members and guests from Ubuntu Backpackers - one French woman, two French guys, one Dutch girl, two Aussie boys, Daryn (the owner), his girlfriend Carlie and me.
It was French woman Estelle's birthday then. So we all went out to a pub which oddly had Sushi on their menu....

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Everybody seemed to enjoy their Sushi, but I didn't. It was crap! Nevertheless, we all had a good time with a few beers and cocktails.
Boozing is definitely something to do here in J-Bay other than surfing.

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