SOUTH AFRICA GARDEN ROUTE FROM CAPETOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH by Tracy Ramsier
n early December 2015, I was fortunate to visit South Africa on an educational visit with Hayes and On the Go Tours.
This was a fantastic opportunity. We flew in to Capetown via Johannesburg with South African Airways. On arrival in Capetown our first port of call was to Table Mountain. The weather was in our favour and gave us a clear view of city below.
A local Hyrax (related to the elephant family) on the rocks of Table Mountain. The cable car was approx £12 return, the restaurant was good value. What a better way to enjoy the magnificent views!
On our journey we stopped for wine tasting at Hemel en Aarde. Bottles of wine from £2.50 bargain!!!
Our adventure stayed in Backpackers hotels and Campsites. On The Go Tours use a truck for their over landing programme in Africa, this can take up to 25-28 guests who wish to explore this vast continent.
The Vehicles have been designed to give the best comfort and security. They are fully self- sufficient with cooking and camping equipment, you have three crew members consist of a team leader a driver and Safari cook.
They provide easily erectable two person tents with sewn in ground sheets. They stay at campsites with hot showers and some even have a pool and bar.
If you do not want to stay in tent, lodges can be booked for you. This is an adventure, a way to travel Africa, meet like minded people, experience camping in a secure environment.
We visited the lovely town of Hermanus, which is famous for Whale watching from July to December, sadly we had just missed them.
We travelled through the Otenique Mountain pass with magnificent views to the small town of Oudtshoorn to see the Cango caves and Ostrich farm.
The Ostrich egg is so strong you can even stand on them. Each egg is equivalent to 12 hens eggs, one egg can feed over 10 people. Mugged by Ostrich, if you are feeling brave you can even ride them!
Our journey continued and we stopped at the beautiful town of Knysna and took a boat trip on the Knysna estuary. Stunning scenery!
Are next stop was Tsitsikamma National Park. We camped at Storms River.
Our highlight of our trip was to visit Addo Elephant National Park. As a fan of Safari I would have loved to have explored longer! South Africa lived up to my dreams. I would highly recommend a visit. The Country has stunning scenery, fantastic value for money! A good quality meal in a restaurant overlooking the sea with drinks for £5 bargain! As camping is not my thing, I would recommend hotel stays as they are great value from guesthouses to 5* luxury. If you would like to discuss my trip and plan a South Africa trip, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tracy Ramsier [email protected]