My spouse Erin and I’ve at all times beloved road-tripping. At the same time as varsity college students, we took each alternative to see the place the highway would lead us, seldom planning a set route or reserving lodging. We have been at all times disillusioned after we returned house, and even a few of our longer 25-day journeys didn’t fulfill our thirst to expertise South Africa.
Through the lockdown, we frequently talked about what we’d do after we may hit the highway once more, and we got here up with constructing and dwelling in a camper van full time. Erin and I personal a graphic design company, Dorky Hero Artistic Company, remotely for years, which left us free to maneuver anyplace within the nation.
We left with our daughters Aimée (7) and Taylor (4) in November 2021, intent on being on the highway for a yr. My father handed away out of the blue on the finish of 2022, and we needed to return house.
Then, we determined to improve our van, and after 4 months at our house base, we have been on the highway once more, headed as much as the Wild Coast to participate in Vanfest 2023 in Chintsa, Japanese Cape.
We discovered planning, for essentially the most half, is extra aggravating than it’s price. Generally, we get someplace we thought we’d love and would keep for some time however find yourself leaving after an evening or two, whereas others, we didn’t assume we’d be for too lengthy, we find yourself staying there for weeks. We’ve realised being adaptable offers us a lot extra freedom.
I shoot, edit and create movies for a dwelling. I hope individuals will relate to the gorgeous and humorous sides of life on the highway. Life occurs, and I believe it’s essential for individuals to interact with that.
These are my favorite issues to do between the Japanese Cape and the Western Cape.
1. Buccaneers on the Seashore, Chintsa
That is pretty well-known for its backpackers, much less so for its campsite. It’s rustic however serene, presents easy accessibility to the seashore and lagoon and gives a fantastic introduction to the Wild Coast, plus, you’ll in all probability have the place to yourselves.
2. Overnighting at Kenton-on-Sea or Canon Rocks
Discover the huge areas and sand dunes on a hike to The Dias Cross Memorial in Boknesstrand, Japanese Cape. We beloved enjoying on this unspoilt, lunar-like panorama, which is good if you wish to expertise superior sand dunes with out committing to the total Alexandria multi-day hike.
No highway journey on this space is full with out a pie from the scrumptious Nanaga Farm Stall en path to the Backyard Route Nationwide Park. Well-known for its suspension bridge pictures, Storms River Mouth wants no introduction, however go low season when it’s quiet, cross the bridge and expertise essentially the most unbelievable sound because the waves hit the rocks on the pebble seashore, earlier than mountaineering up the steep reverse facet to absorb the spectacular view.
3. Arch Rock, Plettenberg Bay
That is one other common spot that deserves deeper exploration. After a simple stroll to the arch, put in somewhat extra effort, hike previous and additional alongside the slim path and be rewarded with essentially the most untouched and spectacular seashores that you just’ll in all probability must your self. Tuck right into a bomba pizza at Enrico’s afterwards!
4. Kaaimans Rustic Views, Kaaimans River, Wilderness
You could be forgiven for overlooking the Kaaimans River, located on the river subsequent to the quick stretch of winding highway between Wilderness and George, however don’t. Kaaimans Rustic Views, though somewhat tough across the edges, is an absolute gem of peace and tranquillity. Discover the river by kayak at dawn and seek for the hidden waterfall.
Hike the Half Collared Kingfisher Path or discover the deserted railway on foot en path to the a lot wilder Brown-hooded Kingfisher Path.
5. Decide strawberries at Redberry Farm, George …
Earlier than heading up the gorgeous N2 (or Montagu cross for the extra adventurous) in the direction of Ladismith. Be sure that to discover the awe-inspiring panorama of the Seweweekspoort Go earlier than heading to Oaksrest Vineyards, our absolute favorite campsite in South Africa. Nestled between a dam and a Winery with pristine ablutions and high-speed WiFi, this one has all of it. And a number of the most spectacular sunrises we’ve ever seen.
6. From there, the Western Cape is your oyster
Be happy to discover the magnificence of the R62 or head south in the direction of Agulhas and onward to the R44 (which we contemplate South Africa’s most lovely highway), ensuring to in a single day on the unbelievable Oudebosch Eco Cabins or discover hidden waterfalls at Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
Phrases and Footage: Matthew Gillman
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