On one of the lovely hot days this December my brother and I drove from Stellenbosch all along the coast down to Betty’s Bay. I rented a car for this road trip and the rental agency gave us a canary yellow little car. At least we couldn’t lose it in a huge parking lot!!
While on this road trip I was once again reminded how beautiful South Africa actually is. I think that the Cape region has one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world.
All along our drive we had the ocean on our right and it was a magnificent view!! My brother agreed to stop for me along the coast at view points so that I could actually get to take some stunning pictures. The road was very windy so a couple of times we nearly missed the view points dotted along the road.
Our first stop for the morning was on a hill overlooking Gordon’s bay. It was a hot and sunny day and there wasn’t even a breeze blowing so we were actually wishing that we were down there in the ocean and not just observing it from above! Luckily the little yellow car had air-conditioning otherwise we would have gotten heat-stroke or something.
One of our stops was at Pringle bay lookout point. They say that in the winter months you can actually see whales from here, will have to come back sometime and have a look. My brother had to play model for me and stand in some pictures, something he didn’t enjoy much but did without complaint.
Our last stop before we reached Betty’s Bay was at the Harold porter botanic reserve on the slopes of the Kogelberg Mountain. We walked over the bridge and across the Steenbras River. We then got off the road and walked next to the river all the way to where it flows into the ocean. On the other side of the road lay the Botanic reserve and you needed a permit to walk there. It was way to hot to walk around anyway so this didn’t bother us.
I loved having mountains and valleys covered with fynbos on one side and then by just turning we looked out over the ocean! This was definitely a lovely relaxing drive down the coast.