Go! Camp & Drive - - Letter - AN­DRÉ VAN DER BERG Bel­lville

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.

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