TO THE CAPE
A day or two after Christmas we decided to explore the back roads in the vicinity of Cape Town. We started in Bellville and turned off the N1 at Touws River. Immediately it becomes a dirt road that runs along the station in the direction of Anysberg. At Anysberg it almost feels like you’re driving into a desert: It’s dry and there is no water in sight. After this we headed towards Oudtshoorn where we stayed at Bird’s Nest for a week. It was a reasonable R500 per night for four and this in December. We used that as a base for the next few days and we drove to the Swartberg Pass and visited the Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, where we rode on camels and donkey carts. Up next was Struisbaai, but we left the tar behind and went over the Rooiberg Pass to Vanwyksdorp. The road continues to Riversdale, where we hit tar again. Just before Heidelberg we turned off to Witsand, and it’s such a good dirt road that you can easily drive 90 km/h. At Malgas we had to drive our bakkie onto a ferry so we could cross the Breede River. We waited only 15 minutes for our turn. Struisbaai is a cute fishing village where we went for a walk late afternoon. After four days there our batteries were recharged and the Mitsubishi Colt 2.8 TDi behaved like a brand new bakkie on the road.