Monday, January 12, 2004

Well, its been a while since I've blogged, largely because I was holidaying in South Africa over Christmas and New Year and didn't have the sort of internet access that's necessary to do this sort of thing well. Before getting back into current affairs, I thought I'd make a brief plug for South African tourism by describing the truly awesome road-trip that I undertook during December with some friends.

Basically, we started in my home-city, Durban, and drove through the old Transkei to the idyllic, fairy-like spot, Hogsback, in the Eastern Cape. From there we travelled to a lodge in the Tsitsikamma forest, just outside the enchanting town of Knysna. After that, our next stop was Hermanus, famous for its whale-watching, where we also found time to taste the excellent wines of Hamilton-Russell. These, of course, are all towns on the Garden Route. In Cape Town itself, surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we climbed Table Mountain, starting from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and found time to sample more wine, most notably that from Rust en Vrede (the estate which produced the first South African wine to be rated amongst the top 100 in the world by the Wine Spectator).

On the return leg, we took the national road through the Karoo, and watched the mountains of the Western Cape slowly flatten out into the arid plains of the desert. We spent a night in Nieu Bethesda, a tiny remote town of only 900 people, with no petrol stations and no ATMs, which is also home to the fascinating owl-house, which features sculptures created by Helen Martins, a woman who lived a hermit-like and secluded existence. From there, we returned home through the Eastern Free-State, surely one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the country, not least because of the Golden Gate National Park and the Maluti Mountains.

Most importantly, for those overseas, we encountered no problems with crime and the facilities and infrastructure were all excellent. Personally, it made me realise how much South Africa has to offer those who enjoy travelling.

1 Comments:

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