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South Africa-Travelogue  |  Travel time: March - June 2007  |  by Sandra Goritschnig

South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, Little Karoo

Moving on to more adventures.
This day was the hottest so far, around 40 degrees, it felt more like 100. well, nevertheless, spent some time at the gold of africa museum, amazed by wonderful pieces of african art and learning about history. afterwards getting into some kind of heat-induced shopping frenzy at the local market. ohmy, lets hope that parcel makes it safe to home.

Gold of Africa Museum, there's really quite some gold in this continent!

Gold of Africa Museum, there's really quite some gold in this continent!

The Cape Argus race, every year early march, the largest individually timed bikerace in the world, about 35000 starters, 109 km, takes anywhere between 2:30 (for the pros) and 7:00 (cutoff for the not so sporty). sarah's a good 17500. or so with a time of around 4:30. congratulations!

Start of the Cape Argus race, by the time I took this picture, most of the hard core bikers had already long finished

Start of the Cape Argus race, by the time I took this picture, most of the hard core bikers had already long finished

that's just below the University, close to where Sarah lives. how reassuring that the race is almost done...

that's just below the University, close to where Sarah lives. how reassuring that the race is almost done...

The day before the race we did the tour by car, checking out boulders beach and the penguins, took a quick dip in the ocean near simon's town and visited the cape of good hope. the route is lovely and scenic, including chapman's peak drive which was cut from the rocks to go around the cape peninsula.

Chapman's Peak Drive, quite impressive how the carved the road out of stone

Chapman's Peak Drive, quite impressive how the carved the road out of stone

On the road to our little trip to the Garden Route we took the side roads from Hermanus, mostly in the hope to visit also the De Hoop Nature reserve (lovely play with words), but didnt seem to find the entrance. however, the road is the goal (or how do you translate der weg ist das ziel...) and so we saw a lot of cool little things along the road like this little ferry below.

man-powered ferry on the way to the garden route

man-powered ferry on the way to the garden route

One of the hikes we did whilst staying in Knysna was the Forest Hall hike in Nature's valley, a lovely combination of coast, forest, wading through rivers and climbing up and down steep slopes. maybe a bit like the westcoast trail? lovely anyways. they also recommend that you time the hike so you cross the salt river during low tide...

Salt River Mouth at Nature's valley

Salt River Mouth at Nature's valley

crossing salt river at high tide, at least you get to do a swim as well

crossing salt river at high tide, at least you get to do a swim as well

Sarah, being an early morning person, frequently went for runs along the beach to buffels bay in the morning, while I remained sleepy. only once I got up for the one hour walk to have breakfast at the beach restaurant. quite lovely actually, including the dip in the Indian ocean...

early morning beach walk for breakfast at buffels bay

early morning beach walk for breakfast at buffels bay

On the way back to Cape Town we stopped at the Cango caves north of George, one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa. Unfortunately they dont do concerts there anymore, too many visitors decided to take rock formations home as souvenirs...
The route 62 to Cape Town is quite amazing, not as much traffic as the N2 and soooo much more scenic! and the best thing, the wineries along there, in Calitzdorp, Montagu and Robertson are a lot cheaper and less pretentious then in the typical wine towns of Stellenbosch (which I actually didnt visit) or Paarl.
after some St. Paddy's drinks and hair-of-the-dog wine tasting in constantia I'm off to Durban, lets see what awaits me in the north of the country...

cango caves, it's kind of hard to make a good picture in the dark

cango caves, it's kind of hard to make a good picture in the dark

snapshot from sarahs car whilst she was speeding to reach another winery before closing. somewhere along route 62

snapshot from sarahs car whilst she was speeding to reach another winery before closing. somewhere along route 62

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The trip
 
Description:
Very exciting times ahead, I'm gonna do a trip around the world! Starting from London I'll do South Africa, Singapore and South East Asia, Newzealand and the North American West coast and back to London. Wow! I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!
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Start of journey: Mar 03, 2007
Duration: 4 months
End of journey: Jun 20, 2007
Travelled countries: South Africa
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Cambodia
New Zealand
Canada
The Author
 
Sandra Goritschnig is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 13 years.
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