Coastal drive in the Mazda3 Astina

Road Trip - - TRIP GEMS - Story and images cap­tured by Jim Free­man

You do not need a fancy 4x4 or SUV to get away from the rat race, in­sists Jim Free­man. Join him as he takes a Mazda3 Astina to the naugh­tily named Ti­eties­baai and neigh­bour­ing Pater­nos­ter.

There is a place, just over an hour out­side of Cape Town, with a name that makes chil­dren gig­gle: Ti­eties­baai.

There is also a spot nearby where you can take these tit­ter­ing tots and drop them at a child-friendly shack suf­fi­ciently far away from you (with­out feel­ing guilty about aban­don­ing them) so that you can­not hear their snig­gers.the place is called Sea Shack and I man­aged to get here with­out a whim­per of protest in a very sur­pris­ing Mazda3 2.0 Astina Plus.

Then again, I did do the trip on my lone­some, but you can do the same trip as a ro­man­ti­cally in­clined cou­ple or a fam­ily. My ad­vice would be to do it mid­week be­cause then you can fully ap­pre­ci­ate the iso­la­tion and quiet of a spot where the tide laps softly just a few me­tres away from the door of your shack. At the same time, the Cape Columbine light­house sweeps a beam over the At­lantic Ocean above your head and its foghorn echoes eerily on misty nights.

Es­sen­tially, Sea Shack is an un­pre­ten­tious, off-the-grid West Coast hide­out that is close to – as they say in Pr-speak – “all ameni­ties”. Lo­cated within the Cape Columbine Na­ture Re­serve, there is no hu­man habi­ta­tion within sev­eral kilo­me­tres

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