With our amazing scuba time in the warm parts of the Indian Ocean now over, it was back to catch up with the Baz Bus for a long day on the road to Chintsa, just east of Port Elizabeth. I had heard of a great hostel called Buccaneers so we thought we would check it out. We got our transfer through our friends at ScubaXcursion again – however our driver was so excited to tell us about his work, his family etc that we blew by where we were supposed to meet the Baz Bus and had to scramble to catch up – i was pretty ticked off but the Baz crew were great as usual! We had been away from the Baz Bus for almost a month now but saw a few old faces still…and the driver, Jesse, remembered us….no other group of five with three kids riding the Baz Bus it seems?!?!!!!
After over a month in the province of KwaZulu Natal, we were moving into the much poorer Xhosa territory of the Eastern Cape – what was once well knows as the Transkei. We were about to hear more of the clicks in the language here versus the Zulu language. With he goal of reaching Cape Town for Xmas, we skipped a fair bit of the eastern part of the Eastern Cape. The Baz Bus stops at all the hostels for drop offs and pick-ups (and toilet breaks) so we got a chance to see the lovely hostels and their environs.
The owners Shaun and Lynne were awesome people, as was daughter Josie and their nephew Rod. In another small world story, Shaun had played ultimate in Ottawa with a few guys i once knew. They all loved music and many conversations about music kept us well entertained. South African politics was always an entertaining topic as well….The hostel had all sorts of little touches that helped make it amazing. Check it: