We left Richard’s Bay in the morning and headed to Drakensberg, a mountainous area to the west of Durban. When we arrived we checked in to a massive hostel (called ‘backpackers’ in South Africa) named Amphitheater. It was huge and extremely nice, it was clear that a lot of work had been put in to the design and layout of the place. It was on a massive piece of land and the views of the mountains were amazing.
The next morning we spent the whole day hiking in to the main gorge of the mountains, a beautiful valley with lots of rock faces and crevices to explore.
We also saw the most amazing (double) rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life.
That night back at the hostel we made friends with some German travelers and played kings cup, a drinking game I hadn’t played since college. It was a good time and by the end we were all drinking beer like elephants.
The next day we decided to go horse back riding through the mountains. Neither of us have ever been on a horse before, but we still opted for the tougher mountain trek rather than sticking to the flatter river bed. Our guide has been capturing wild horses and breaking them since he was 7 and he didn’t hold back due to our lack of riding skills. Every time we broke in to canter I was holding for dear life and it was one of the most exhilarating and terrifying feelings I’ve every experienced.
With a very sore ass and severely injured feet (horseback riding in sandals and shorts is a terrible idea) we hit the road south for the coast in search of waves.