Very rural

Springfontein

From The Olive Grove Guest Farm we continued another 400km further along the N1 before we pulled into the tiny little town of Springfontein (roughly translated = Spring Fountain!). Very definitely a blink-and-you’ve-missed-it kind of town. But we are attempting to explore areas that neither Tony nor I have been to before and probably would…

Karoo cycle

Olive Grove Guest Farm

Leaving the cold front of Voelvlei Dam behind It was an easy 4 hour drive on the main N1 Highway to our next destination just outside of Beaufort West: The Olive Grove Guest Farm. Yet another private farm, The Olive Grove as the name suggests grows olives!. Quite weird in the middle of the Karoo.…

The cottage

To Silwerfontein

And before we knew it, it was time to head out of Capetown and make tracks back to Johannesburg, slowly. We opted for the nearby location of Tulbagh and Silwerfontein Farm, about 2hrs drive from Capetown. Here we stayed on a private farm raising beef cattle. Karin, who runs the place alone since her husbands…

and again

Capetown

From Hermanus it was a hop over Sir Lowry’s pass to Capetown 120km away. Capetown, with its famous Table Mountain and its changeable coastal weather. Here we stayed for 3 nights and spent time catching up with daughter Bev, as well as doing a little exploring of this cosmopolitan windy city – spending the majority of…

On the trail

Head winds in Hermanus

Staying in Hermanus at The Whale Cottages proved to be a interesting experience, as the cottages are quite close together. Our first evening was spent listening to a woman screaming at her drunken husband. Because the guests in the third cottage had parked somewhat inconsiderately meaning our car blocked the driveway, we then got asked…

And surprised we were

From Karoo to coast

After two weeks of Oudtshoorn it was time to move on from our little cottage. But not before a special night out to celebrate our 14th anniversary at Su Casa, a delightful fine dining surprise of a restaurant. Expensive, but worth it for the whole experience. Time to hit the road again this time heading…

Oudtshoorn

Why Oudtshoorn?

And so the question arises of why Oudtshoorn for so long?. Tony has decided that he would like to improve on his current piloting qualifications and some previous research had identified the flying instructors school at George as the place to be to get the desired instructors rating. Between enquiring and finally getting to undertaking…

Into the wilds

Meiringspoort, and a hidden gem

Because of its location, just about any direction away from Oudtshoorn is a scenic drive. So we took the opportunity to take in some scenery and headed out on a circular scenic route, passing first through the little town of De Rust. De Rust is like many small towns in South Africa, very much a…

Lets do it

Its not just Ostriches

Of course Oudtshorrn is not only about Ostriches. Although the majority of the area centres around ostriches and tourism there are other attractions besides the big birds. The natural surrounds of Oudtshoorn are stunning. With the Outinequa Mountains about 50km away on one side and the Swartberg Range about 50km away on the other, and…

More eyelashes

Oudtshoorn = Ostriches

Oudtshoorn also known as the Ostrich capital of South Africa. It is here in the Little Karoo that fortunes have been made, and lost, literally on the backs of these enormous gangly-legged birds. In the early 1800’s an ostrich feather was as valuable, if not more so, than gold, and somewhat easier to find. So…