On Friday Fred, his family and I got on the bakkie and traveled east through the coast. A road trip with bad weather, beautiful coastal scenes and adventure.
First stop, Hermanus. This is a well known tourist destination in South Africa, and some say it’s where the “Garden Route” begins. Among the main activities there is whale watching, shark cage diving, kayaking and many other great experiences that I had when I first came a few years ago. This time, we just passed by.
After Hermanus we passed by a few towns, took some pictures, and went on to reach the most southern point in Africa, in Cape Agulhas. The weather was rainy but mostly windy. South Africa can be extremely windy.
We didn’t book accommodation and we were so lucky to arrive during a fishing competition weekend. Fred talked to the people working on a bar we stopped for dinner, and after many phone calls he managed to find a place where we overnight.
In the morning we visited the Lighthouse museum. The wind was so strong on the top of the Lighthouse that I had to fight my way to the other side almost crawling to take a picture. Then we went to the most southern point in Africa, where it was quite windy as well. We continued our travel afterwards onto a close by location called Arniston, where we wanted to see a cave by the sea. Unfortunately the tide was too high and we couldn’t see it, and I got my feet wet. In the meanwhile, the car got stuck in the sand getting to the place.
After a couple of hours digging the sand out of the wheels and trying to get out, a group of fishers passing by on their bakkie helped us out. So we were back in the road shortly and on to Mossel Bay. On our way there, we passed by Malgas, a small town with an interesting ferry to cross the river with the car. Check it out.
In case you didn’t realize, the cable is not moving, the guys are pushing the platform backwards with their feet.
Finally we arrived in Mossel Bay in the evening, where I overnight in a very peculiar backpackers by the beach, but I’ll tell you more about it on the next post.