The manager at Diesel & Creme, one of the wonderful restaurants and shops along the R62 in Barrydale, put it so well: “It’s great to see so many South Africans visiting and on the road.”

And it’s great to be back on the road again, and remind myself how beautiful South Africa is. The scenery, the mountains, the views – they all seem more beautiful than ever after six months of lockdown. And right now especially, the wild flowers from Worcester to Oudtshoorn and beyond are incredible, possibly better than Namaqualand because they keep on going.

We began early from Cape Town, overcast skies and mists hanging beautifully over Wellington, then headed through the Hottentots Hollands Tunnel and up the N1 to turn on to the R62 at Worcester. As we came out the tunnel, the skies had cleared and that sense of adventure kicked in as the landscape opened up in front of us.

In the Hottentots Holland Tunnel.
On the road past Worcester.
First coffee stop, Beans About Coffee and Strictly Coffee, the two best for coffee in Robertson.

After Robertson, through the incredible pass to Ashton and Montagu.

Diesel & Creme, Barrydale.
Chicken pie from Diesel & Creme.
Some terrific mountain S-bends and incredible driving conditions. Plus lots to gawk at on all sides.
There are many times we should have stopped to take flower pics, and we finally did. This is nothing compared to the colours we saw.
Oudtshoorn. Ahouse I love opposite the great Beans about Coffee, another of our coffee stops.
And a bric-a-brac stop in De Rust, the cutest town with the greatest drive into it.
The ostriches of De Rust.

And then on to the Eastern Cape. First stop, Willowmore!

And finally Graaff Reinet and a night at the Drostdy Hotel.

Roadtripping through the Karoo, South Africa – The Valley of Desolation, into Nieu Bethesda and the Owl House. TY Ted Botha.

Posted by SA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats on Saturday, September 19, 2020