Western Cape Road Trip 2020

Natalie Matthews on 21 December 2020

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My family and I completed a 2-week road trip from Johannesburg all the way through the Karoo & Eastern Cape up to the Western Cape and I can honestly say that we live in an incredibly picturesque country with ever-changing dramatic landscape to explore!

Our stops included the historic town of Nieu-Bethesda where we stayed on a working farm and got to explore the quaint little town including the sculptures at the famous Owl House. We then travelled through the majestic mountain pass of Prince Alfred down to the Garden Route where we stayed in Knysna for two nights enjoying seafood at the harbour & Knysna lagoon. We had a spectacular sundowner at the Heads before our adrenaline kick the next day which was a Ziplining excursion through the Knysna Gorges! Not for the faint-hearted but definitely worth the thrill!

Our trip then took us along the coast and sprawling farmlands to Stanford where we stayed on another beautiful farm near Hermanus to unwind and enjoy long walks and kayaking on the dam. Next, we headed towards Stellenbosch for some wine tasting and a quick strawberry picking session. We then finally headed towards the West Coast for some much-needed beach time. Our accommodation along the West Coast was in two beautiful family beach houses, one in Langebaan and the other in Yzerfontein. Both towns are unique in their own way, but we thoroughly enjoyed what each one had to offer before travelling back home along Route 62. This route took us through many little historic towns which we stopped to explore along the way. Riebeek Kasteel, Darling, Montague, Barrydale & Graaff Reinet to name a few.

We have such a diverse country with so many accommodation options and various activities that you can include in your travels! I absolutely loved every part of our adventure and learning so much about our countryside. If you're a foodie then I highly recommend the Authentic West Coast Restaurant called Muisboskerm who serve up a continuous array of dishes from their outdoor kitchen, whilst you savour the views of the ocean and notorious seagulls hanging around. Diesel & Cream in Barrydale also has the most amazing milkshakes, especially the Red Velvet one, the best way to end a holiday!

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