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On a recent day trip, we took the Tradouw Pass along to Barrydale which is situated about 61km km from Montagu along the famous Cape Route 62. On the one side of the Tradouw Valleys is Barrydale and on the other side is the semi-arid Klein Karoo. This beautiful Pass, built by Sir Thomas Bain is renowned for its wild flowers, waterfalls and magnificent swimming pools. We stopped here to capture some aerial footage with our DJI Pro Drone. You can see the short video we made here which really gives you a bird’s eye view of the Tradouw Pass – Tradouw Pass Video

Getting aerial shots

Getting aerial shots

 

Barrydale is unique and offers a variety of places to eat and things to do and see all year round. We parked and then took a stroll along the main road. The town is totally geared up for people stopping to explore, grab a bite to eat and buy a curio or two. It’s a very popular stop with the tourist buses! We grabbed some lunch at Diesel and Crème and we would definitely recommend having one of their specialty milkshakes or craft beers. And yes the Milkshakes really are this big and this pink! On a hot day it is the perfect way to cool down.

Diesel & Creme inside

Diesel & Creme inside

Each place has its own attraction and unique quality and it’s worthwhile exploring the little shops with their artisan specialties. Take a stroll up and down the main high street and don’t be afraid to pop your head into places like the Hand Weavers to watch the ladies in there hard at work. Fascinating to watch them.

This charming town has sunny days for most of the year and is built at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. It offers unsurpassed vistas of the mountains and there is a wide range of pathways and foot trails for hikers and walkers alike. Excellent wines, brandy and craft beers are produced in the area.

Just 24km outside Barrydale (en route to Ladismith) is the infamous Ronnies Sex Shop. This is well worth a stop for a cold beer or drink to quench your thirst and take in the surroundings. Ronnie’s Sex Shop has had visitors from all over the world and is a regular pit stop for bikers, local farmers and people travelling this road regularly. It has to be said that when a group of riders ride in or out it makes for quite a sight and as for the sound – well some ear plugs might come in handy for the little ones.

 

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Click here for a short video of our Cape Town Road Trip

Living in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape and planning a road trip to Cape Town always requires a little bit of planning especially when you want to take in new sights and travel down routes you haven’t been before. We had been wanting to visit Paternoster on the West Coast for quite some time now so as it wasn’t that far from Cape Town we decided that this would be a first port of call. Now first of lets understand that it is just over 1000kms from Port Alfred to Paternoster which is at least 11 hours driving. Given that we do like to have a few stops along the way to eat and refresh plus we always advise against driving at night this meant planning a stopover both on the way down and on the way home.

Our route from Port Alfred took us initially along the R72, then onto the N2 through Port Elizabeth and then we turned left onto the Route 62 signposted to Joubertina and Kareedouw. This route is very pretty and takes you through an area called Apple Valley which is not hard to understand why. Either side of the road the fields are full of Apple trees and other fruit trees. The Route 62 took us all the way to Oudtshoorn and through the other side onto the R328 where just 7kms outside of Oudtshoorn was our stopover – Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.

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Farm stalls, ostrich palaces, impressive museums and steepled churches; award winning distilleries, flocks of sheep and the occasional lonely donkey. Cliff overhangs and grey-green hills. Sun drying fruit, aloe and sisal hedges, big open skies, wispy clouds and the wide-open road. By Dawn Jorgensen.

We don’t need to travel far to encounter the untold attractions that driving the heart of Route 62 offers. Officially running between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Route 62 is a welcome alternative to the N2 highway and one of South Africa’s best road trip routes. From Cape Town to Paarl, even including Wellington and Tulbagh at a geographical stretch, it’s the area between Robertson and Oudtshoorn where the route truly comes into itself.

Sparse vegetation and Klein Karoo landscapes, windmills with cement dams, road signs marking accommodations, estates, stalls and attractions all become welcome common play. The town is rich in history, untouched in character and testament to an agricultural economy fuelled by the ever-enduring South African farmer.

Robertson is best known for its wineries, impressive co-operatives, art galleries, delis, restaurants and fine accommodation. Also for their collection of annual events such as the Hand-on Harvest, Whacky Wine Weekend, Robertson Slow and Wine on the River which draw thousands of enthusiastic oenophiles, amateur and other, to the Valley. Bubbly lovers should not pass Graham Beck by! In the area Mo and Rose at Soekershof and the Robertson Small Hotel have stolen the hearts of the treat seekers, with Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve doing the same for nature lovers. For a different perspective take a picnic at Viljoensdrift River Cruise or onboard the Breede River Goose is recommended, as is a meander around the largest hedge maze in the world and exploring the cacti and succulent garden at Sheilan. READ MORE


Route 62 in the Western Cape of South Africa is a scenic drive of about 750km starting in Worcester and ending at the coastal city of Route 62 in the Western CapePort Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.  The drive is one of the most scenic and takes you through vast expanses of the Klein Karoo plains, past vineyards and over mountains. The road winds through ever changing scenery through a number of quaint villages along one of the longest wine routes in South Africa. If you attempted the journey in one go it would take you roughly nine and a half hours but we strongly recommend you break up your journey and stay over so that you can fully appreciate all there is to see along the way. One place to stop and relax those aching muscles is the Warmwaterberg Spa situated between Barrydale and Ladismith. The natural hot springs found here are an ideal place to take a break from driving. READ MORE