Sunday, 24 May 2015

Garden Route Road Trip - Route 62

I really wish we'd taken more pictures on the way. The  Route 62 has some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen in South Africa. Lots of mountains, amazing vegetation, the desert like landscape in the Karoo and the gorgeous wine estates. I was the designated driver for the entire trip and there was no napping for me, which was a huge plus because I got to take in the amazing views. The downside, it isn't so easy to take pictures from behind the wheel. This was going to be our longest stretch for the entire trip with an estimated 6 and half hours on the road before reaching our destination, with a scheduled stop, about 3 hours in, in Oudtshoorn. There seemed to be some sort of festival going on when we got there, so we stopped to have a look. All the shows were in Afrikaans and neither of us speaks or understands it, so we had a quick browse and headed to the Cango Caves for a tour.







I'm not sure if we were just tired from the day before's hike or if it was the heat, But as beautiful and as interesting as the caves were, the hour long heritage tour really took it out of us. By the end of it my legs hurt so bad and I wasn't to only one, and I was getting flu like symptoms. I went into a panic because I worried that I may be over doing all of this and could possibly put my peanut in danger. I decided to wait in the car while the girls went to get some lunch and I totally KO'd. I guess that's all I needed cause I was all bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to take on the last 3 hrs on the road to the wine estate.

We made a quick stop at the famous Ronnies Sex Shop and made it to our destination just after sunset.



As you can see, other than the donated bras, and the liquor there isn't much else you could link to sex. But it's apparently a must to pop into Ronnies on route 62, have a drink and if you are feeling generous enough, donate some under wear...lol.

On arrival at the Welteverde Wine Estate, we were greeted by some good ol' load shedding. Such a bummer. Luckily the local Pub 'n Grill had a generator and could still make some of the dishes in their menu so we floated around there till the power got back and the minute we got back to our cottage, we were out cold.



We were up early to soak in our surroundings before going on a wine tour. Unfortunately the grape picking season had just ended, so it was going to be a much shorter tour.








Then off we went on our wine tour. Their wines were so yummy it was a pity I had to sip 'n spit. Such a waste of good wine. But I made sure to buy several bottles ready for celebrations once I'm not sharing my body with the pawpawkie.













After our wine tour we headed out to another wine farm, Van Lovren, whose wines I see often, for lunch. They even had free wine tasting and a small charge when paring the wines with different chocolates, cheeses, etc. unfortunately, with empty stomachs, and of course a sip 'n spitter over here, we had to take a pass. The entire place was just so beautiful. It was decided the next of us to get married has to get married on a wine estate on the R62 wine lands.










I will say, our time spent in the wine lands was nothing short of spectacular, and I will be sure to go back with Hubby for a much longer stay and visit a lot more wine farms in the area. 

We were just about 2 hrs drive away from  Cape Town and headed out after lunch. Little did we know we were in for a surprise that could have put a damper on things, but these girls know how to roll with the punches, and that's why I have such crazy mad love for them.


1 comment:

  1. Gosh, I want to come to South Africa like tomorrow, this place looks amazing. What a fun trip you guys had

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