LUMINOUS TRIPS

The Capes – Days 6 to 10

Day 6 – Wine region: This day marks the start of our roadtrip from the western to the eastern cape. We headed for the wine region of Franschhoek from Capetown. As you exit Capetown the beautiful wine region starts. There is a wine tram in Franschhoek that takes you through the wineries, however, since we reached there post 1:30 pm it was closed for the day. We headed to a wine cellar for lunch.
After lunch we hit the road and took the ‘Regional – R” route through Villeirsdorp, Robertson, Swellendham, Wilderness. My wife found a small restaurant called buzz bar in Robertson. It was a really nice find– really good pizza and wine. There were swings and a small play area also there so the kids had a great time too.

After dinner we headed to Wilderness. We had booked this great B&B in Wilderness and while it was pretty late by the time we reached there, our host was very hospitable and he was waiting for us when we arrived.

Franschhoek
Day 7 – Garden Route: Drove though the garden route, saw the Addo elephant park.  It’s great for the kids as you get really close to the elephants. On our way back we stopped at Knysna and went for a lagoon cruise. Grabbed dinner at the Knysna Quays.
Addo Elephant Park
Day 8 – Swatberg pass/ Outdshoorn: Today, we headed for the Swatberbg pass. The gravel road runs from east to the west of the Swatberg mountain range and takes to the peak and then drops. We saw two mountain deer pop up from nowhere while we were at the peak and a hawk take flight through the mountains, unbelievable. Driving the pass is out of this world but its not for the faint hearted. We headed to Outdshoorn and visited one of the Little Karoo Ostrich farms, kids really enjoyed the Ostrich riding. Had our dinner in Mossel bay.
The pass
Deer
The pretty country
Day 9 – Garden Route: Today was more a less a free day for us. Explored the area, there are great beaches around. It was our last night in Wilderness
Day 10 – Storms River Mouth: After breakfast we headed for Port Elizabeth; we were going to stop for a night there and take an early morning flight to Johannesberg. On way to Port Elizabeth, we stopped at Storms River Mouth at the Tsitsikamma National Park. The route becomes very colorful with pretty flower on either side as you approach the park . We were going to stop there only for lunch, but we ended up spending almost the day there. There is just so much to do. It is a great camping site too. After dinner there, we headed to Port Elizabeth.
Wilderness
Storms River Mouth
Tsitsikama Park