It was a rare cloudy and cool Thursday in December and perfect for the 5 hour drive through the Western Cape from Stellenbosch to Knysna. The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometers northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometers eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast in South-Africa. Its been years since my brother or I have been in this area and we wanted to see a bit of our own country. I travel a lot so only get to visit South-Africa every 2 years and rarely get the opportunity to play tourist in my own country. I was very excited at the prospect of spending a couple of days in Knysna and very glad that my brother volunteered to drive the 464km there.
As my brother and I started our it looked like it was going to rain but the sun eventually came out once we crossed the Mountains and reached Caledon.
Vegetation in this area is extremely diverse, most of the area is covered by Fynbos (Afrikaans: Fine Bush). It is extremely rich in species diversity, with more plant species occurring on Table Mountain than the entire United Kingdom. It is characterized by various types of shrubs, thousands of flowering plant species and some small trees.
Before we reached Stormsvlei we pulled into a small road stall to have breakfast. It was an awesome little farm place selling freshly baked goods and was filled with lanterns and other miscellaneous household things. We had some freshly made coffee and My brother waiting very impatiently for his breakfast!! homemade rusks for breakfast before we hit the road again. Rusks is a South-African thing, it is difficult to explain exactly what it is, but I’ll try. It is bread filled with nuts and seeds and sometimes fruit that is dried out and you then eat it at breakfast by dipping it in your coffee first. Trust me it tastes better than it sounds.
Our next stop was Swellendam, which is supposed to be one of South Africa’s most picturesque small towns. Personally I thought that the scenery surrounding the town was the most picturesque as Swellendam is surrounded by three nature reserves. The area is a botanist’s dream with an abundance of wild flowers and fynbos. The town is nestled in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains and is the countries 3rd oldest town. Most of the buildings are of Cape Dutch architecture and quite quaint. It was a very hot day and we had a long road ahead of us so we didn’t explore for too long before we continued on to Knysna.