South Africa. Our last entry passport stamp. This will be the first of many lasts in the coming three weeks. We were planning to threat ourselves with apple pie, scenic drives and beautiful hikes. And so we did. We began in Augrabies National Park. We visited the falls and did a half day hike. After that we camped on the banks of the Oranjerivier.
Through the Karoo we continued our way south to Port Elizabeth. This was a bit of an odd week for both of us. Guus visited DSV for his employer Slimstock and Charlotte made good use of the oven, baking that apple pie and making lasagne and quiches. PE also happens to be the birthplace of Charlottes dad so on our last day we drove around town to see the street where he was born and the neighborhood they lived in.
After a week of sophistication we headed back into nature. We drove from PE to the end of the Baviaanskloof, a rough 4×4 trail through a canyon. The day after we hiked on the edge of this beautiful nature reserve with the owners dog Blakey. From there we drove to Plettenberg, hiked in the Robberg reserve and followed the Garden route along the coast. The Cape area is absolutely stunning and unique, regarded as on of the six floral kingdoms in the world by Unesco.
From the coast we went to the Klein Karoo and drove the Swartsberg Pass. We bought some delicious ostrich biltong and meat along the way and we cooked ourselves the perfect dinner on a farm after Swellendam. The next day was definitely a big milestone. We drove to Cape L’Agulhas, the southern-most tip op the continent of Africa. This is where the road ends. A special moment.
But we were not at our final destination yet. First some wine. We visited Vergelegen, a wine estate founded in 1700 by the Dutch Van der Stel and we camped on the Black Pearl wine farm near Paarl. From our campsite we could already see Table Mountain and the lights of Cape Town.
After visiting a penguin colony at Betty’s Bay we drove into Cape Town. After more than 30.000 km we reached our final destination. The last couple of days of our trip we enjoyed everything that Cape Town has to offer. We climbed Table Mountain and felt that for the rest of the week, we visited the Waterfront, the Old Biscuit Mill, the Neighbourgoods market, cheered for the Stormers Cape Towns rugby team and we celebrated the end of our journey with a fancy dinner at Kloof Street House.
This is it. We have done it. From autumn in the Albanian Alps to pyramids in Egypt. From the heat of the desert in Sudan to the highlands in Ethiopia. From the beach in Kenia to the lakes in Uganda. From the thousands hills of Rwanda to the savanna of Tanzania. From the island of Zanzibar to the green forest in Malawi. From the falls in Zambia to the animal kingdom of Botswana. From wild Namibia to the beautiful coast of South Africa. After 7 months living on the road in our trustworthy Landcruiser Hank the Tank we are going home. Thank you Africa, it has been a hell of a ride and we freaking loved it.