My first holiday in the Cape, was when I was sixteen, a road trip with my family. It started out with us packing the Landrover the night before and leaving very early the next morning. Driving the almost 2 000km in 1.5 days.
Leave Tzaneen, sleep over 1 night somewhere enroute, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier, Ceres, Kagga Kamma. Visit as many places in the surrounding areas.
Our first stop was in the mountains near Ceres. We stayed in a log house on top of the mountain on an apple and pear farm. It was so cold as we were there during April – our autumn/winter.
We visited small towns like Tulbagh, Montagu, Swellendam (with beautiful architecture), Franschoek, Bonnievale (where the cheese factory is) and wandered through the museums and tasted wine (not that I liked the bitter taste at my age). Unfortunately for me, my parents decided that this would be the holiday they would visit every museum in every little town. It was definitely interesting in the beginning, but a 16 year old can only take so much culture before being bored.
We then finally went to a beach in Melkbosstrand. The wind was terrible and it was so cold, but when I set foot on the white beach sand and walked in the surf, I was good to go to another museum or two.
Nearing the end of our holiday, we started working our way back home. Staying one night in Cape Town, visiting the Castle, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, taking a boat ride around the harbour with the seals.
Mosselbay was the first town where I could take a swim in the ocean (even if it was cold). We only stayed for a few hours before driving to Oudtshoorn.
In Oudtshoorn, ‘in the heart of the Klein Karoo’, we went to the Cango caves. These caves’ have really spectacular rock formations (or stalagmites and stalactites). If ever you have the opportunity to visit these caves – you will love it. Oudtshoorn is also ostrich country, where riding an ostrich is definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done.
Unfortunately, this was the end of my holiday and we went home with lots of fresh Cape apples.