Driving through the Western Cape of South-Africa

Driving through the Western Cape of South-Africa

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.

Dark clouds moved in and it started to drip a bit as we started our Road trip!

Dark clouds moved in and it started to drip a bit as we started our Road trip!

We were quite glad that it was a cool day and not the usual 30 degrees!!

We were quite glad that it was a cool day and not the usual 30 degrees!!

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.

Sunshine again after we crossed the Mountains between Stellenbosch and Caledon

Sunshine again after we crossed the Mountains between Stellenbosch and Caledon

I loved driving past mountains and through valleys covered by Fynbos

I loved driving past mountains and through valleys covered by Fynbos

It was a lovely scenic drive through the countryside

It was a lovely scenic drive through the countryside

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.

Dassies Road stall we stopped at for breakfast

Dassies Road stall we stopped at for breakfast

The whole ceiling of the little road stall was filled with lanterns!!

The whole ceiling of the little road stall was filled with lanterns!!

My brother waiting very impatiently for his breakfast!!

My brother waiting very impatiently for his breakfast!!

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. 

I would have loved to buy one of these lanterns or chandeliers!

I would have loved to buy one of these lanterns or chandeliers!

This is the stunning view as we excited the road stall

This is the stunning view as we excited the road stall

Its summer so the Western Cape is very dry

Its summer so the Western Cape is very dry

Driving towards the Langeberg Mountains

Driving towards the Langeberg Mountains

Small bell tower in front of the church

Small bell tower in front of the church

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.

The small stone church in Swellendam

The small stone church in Swellendam

As we drove out of town we passed an ostrich farm!!

As we drove out of town we passed an ostrich farm!!