I did a road trip through the beautiful South African Eastern Cape early this year. Starting off spending a night in Graaf Reient, a small town in the Karoo with a big church and amazing lamb shank.
Just outside of Graaf Reinet is the micro-town Nieu-Bethesda, which takes you back in time about 100 years. There’s no shortage of wide dusty streets, creaky floors, homemade jam and succulents. Not to mention the 40 degree Karoo heat.
The must see Owl House is a museum built by, a reclusive artist, Helen Martins, in the 1950s. Helen elaborately decorated the house in bits of different coloured glass, ornaments and interesting paintsings. Outside she built more than 250 statues/sculptures which form “The Camel Yard”.
I could pretend to imagine or infer a lot about the space, the statues and what it all means but I think the imagery does a better job of that.
I really loved the use of mirrors within each room.
After spending some time walking around Nieu-Bethesda and nearly getting attacked by a herd of goats we started the trip to Knysna.
Google Maps then thought a good route would be Prince Alfred Pass – a shorter, windy, scarier, mountainous path to Knysna – which takes nearly double the time. Although it turned out to be really lovely.
The views are breathtaking and there’s a stop half way where you can buy some tea and cake from a little store that sells homemade treats. Nothing like some South African melktert while your feet cool down in a river.
Definitely want to live in a house with 2 blue doors in the middle of a mountain range one day.
Until then I’ll settle for the beach life in the Eastern Cape…
With only a few days in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay we spent time at the beach, eating at the local spots (you can’t leave Knysna without having a coffee and pastry at Ile de pain), having a braai on Robberg Nature Reserve and soaking in the African summer sun(sets).
We ended off the road trip through the Eastern Cape with a few days in St Francis, a more rustic, chilled version of Plett. Where the sea is warm, the harbour is bright and the beach shops sell pretty leather strappy sandals.
One of my favourite things, besides shoe shopping, is vising new cities and exploring small towns.. Expect more travel posts soon 🙂
PS. Ross and Alex are very good at driving.