didn’t have internet access so falling behind on notes, will come back and fill in
it’s Dec 31 – Happy New Year!
Leaving Cape Town, we decided to take the scenic route to Swellendam. It is a very old town, many building constructed in the 1800`s in the Dutch architecture, Dutch Reform Churches; many thatched roofs. What`s interesting it that many newly constructed homes have thatched roofs too. Spent the night at a small B&B, African Shades which offered a full, delicious breakfast. From here we continued on the scenic route, the Garden Tour. The views were so breathtaking we had to stop about every 15 minutes, 3000 meter high mountains, very craggy, eagles soaring overhead.
The route took us to a wine region were we did Port tasting and a wonderful lunch. Everyone we met was so friendly and helpful. Bringing home several inexpensive, excellent ports.
On to George where we spent the night at a no name hotel. Further down the road near Plettenberg, we visited Monkeyland http://www.monkeyland.co.za/ free roaming monkies, 9 species. Very close by was an Elephant Sanctuary were we led elephants, got to pet and feed them; each of these facilities was focused on education – showed large dispays on anatomy, habits, etc.
Lunch at Plettenberg was along a spectacular beach and then we decided we had to drive back to Swellendam to stay at the same B&B, African Shade!!
Driving back to CT the next day, we stopped along a beach. There were a few people at the entrance, but as soon as we walked away from there´- no one – we had the whole beach to ourselves, walked for about an hour. The wind was pretty strong so we got exfoliated in addition to a beautiful setting and great place to gather shells.
Lunch was at a sort of co-op – combo restaurant, winery, nursery owned by 230 South Africans.