Garden Route Road Trip!

So this weekend I departed on my first travel adventure since Australia, and it was goooood to be back on the road!!  A friend from the UK was here to visit and so we headed off down the garden route towards our first stop, Mossel Bay.  Even though the drive was quite long (5 hours), it didn’t feel quite as long as I was enjoying finally being in my car on a long journey again!!

Mossel Bay was fantastic!  We were staying in a beachfront apartment with the most amazing views.  When we got into Mossel Bay, we met my friends Amy and Michelle at a local bar.  It had swings for chairs!!  We had a cocktails here before heading to another bar called Cafe Havana which was good fun with its very chilled vibe.

On Sunday morning we woke up and had a very relaxing coffee on the balcony before heading for a walk along the beach front and down to the cave where we could feed the dassies and watch the waves crash against the rocks.  We then got in our cars to leave for the drive from coastal Mossel Bay to inland Oudtshoorn.  The drive there goes over a pass which had the most amazing views.  They were so great we even stopped for a while to take some pictures and take in the views.  Once getting into Oudtshoorn, we went to the Safari Ostrich Farm to do the tour.  Here we learnt more about the ostriches and were given an oppourtunity to ride them.

We had lunch at Amy’s super generous mums’ house before going to see what turned out to be the highlight of the trip for me, the Cango Caves.  The whole time being there, I was just so amazed that I get to see something like this in my lifetime.  It is just fantastic!!  We then had sundowners at a restaurant which was right on a dam where you could view some wildlife.  The weather was absolutely perfect!!  We ended off the day with a traditional South African ”braai”.

On Monday we spent the morning at The Cango Wildlife Ranch where we got to see a great assortment of wildlife, which was amazing!!  After having lunch at a local restaurant, we got back in my car to continue our roadtrip.  A five and a half hour drive got us to the whale watching town of Hermanus, just after sunset.  I was, however, silly enough to lock my keys in my car!!  Thankfully I had just joined roadside assistance with the AA, and they came to my rescue to open my car.  Our journey back to Cape Town was via the Cape Wine Region, heading to Stellenbosch and Paarl where we did some cheese and wine tasting.

It was truly great to have had the oppourtunity to have another travel adventure, and this time in my own car.  Can’t wait for the next one!!




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