Travel in South Africa – from Cape Town to Mossel Bay

Natural Pools at The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Natural Pools at The Point, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Cape Town

Initially we want to travel coast wise from Cape Town to Mossel Bay, but having only three days left of our holiday we are compelled to take the shortest route – the N2.

Saying goodbye to Cape Town is not easy. The unfinished-highway - for two decades now suspended in the air - and the mountain - this morning covered by orographic clouds - settle themselves again firmly in my arsenal of memories.

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | Source
Cape Town, unfinished highway, South Africa
Cape Town, unfinished highway, South Africa | Source
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa | Source

From Cape Town to Mossel Bay via the N2

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Google Maps

Somerset West

30 minutes after leaving Cape Town we pass Somerset West. Time doesn’t allow us to have a closer look at this beautiful historical town at the foot of the Helderberg mountains. While ascending the Hottentots-Holland mountains we read Somerset West's fascinating history HERE and HERE.

Somerset West
Somerset West | Source
Sir Lowry's Pass, Western Cape, South Africa
Sir Lowry's Pass, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Sir Lowry's Pass between Somerset West and Grabouw, South Africa
Sir Lowry's Pass between Somerset West and Grabouw, South Africa | Source
A San tribesman
A San tribesman | Source

Grabouw

Once over the Hottentots-Holland mountains, we find ourselves in the Overberg region. With corn (wheat) farming being the optimum yield of the largest part of the region, Overberg is known as the ‘breadbasket’ of the Cape.

NB: Overberg means ‘on the other side of the mountain’. ‘Holland’ is another word for ‘Dutch’. ‘Hottentots’ was the Dutch’s name for the indigenous people of the region – the Khoisan people. The Hottentots-Holland mountain range was the border between the Europeans and Khoisan.

The Khoisan, declared as the OLDEST human group in the world, were the indigenous inhabitants of Southern Africa before the southward African migrations from Central and East Africa. Read more about the Khoisan people HERE.

The first town in the Overberg region is Grabouw, the centre of the fertile Elgin Valley that produces 60% of South Africa’s total annual apple crop as well as pears, high quality wine and cut flowers.


In 1713 a small-pox epidemic killed almost 100% of the KhoiKhoi people!

Dancing Khoi-Khoi
Dancing Khoi-Khoi | Source
Elgin Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
Elgin Valley, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Between Grabouw and Caledon

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Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Corn fields between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Corn fields between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Corn fields between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Corn fields between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Grabouw and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Caledon

Founded in 1709 by a white settler, Ferdinand Appel, Caledon is known as the capital of the Overberg and boasts to be the largest malt producer in the southern hemisphere. Six hot springs (50'C / 122'F) with curative powers make this town a popular resort. Read more about Caledon HERE.

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Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon Villa, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon Villa, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon Spa (utilizing the natural hot springs), Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon Spa (utilizing the natural hot springs), Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon Hotel, Spa & Casino, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon Hotel, Spa & Casino, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Very hot pool at Caledon Spa, Western Cape, South Africa
Very hot pool at Caledon Spa, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed Church, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dassiesfontein Farm Stall, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Dassiesfontein Farm Stall, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Beautiful maintained old house, Cape-Dutch architecture, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
Beautiful maintained old house, Cape-Dutch architecture, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
A modern house in Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
A modern house in Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
A house with a beautiful garden in Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa
A house with a beautiful garden in Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa

Between Caledon and Riviersonderend

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Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
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Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Caledon and Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Riviersonderend

Riviersonderend (river without end) is a small farming village only one hour away from the sea. Learn more about Riviersonderend HERE.

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Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed Church, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed Church, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa
Riviersonderend, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam

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Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Corn silo's at Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Corn silo's at Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
At Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
At Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Swellendam

After Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Swellendam is the third oldest European settlement in South Africa. It was declared as a magisterial district in 1743 and named after the first (and only) South African born Governor, Hendrik Swellengrebel, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. Situated on the foot of the Langeberg mountains, this town is still true to its original mission – to be a halfway station between Cape Town and George.

Read the interesting history of Swellendam HERE and/or HERE and/or HERE (although, beyond my comprehension, Wikipedia has this town as the fourth oldest town in SA.)

The Bontebok National Park on the banks of the Breede River (wide river) is only 5 km (3 miles) from the town.

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Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Old Drostdy, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Old Drostdy, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
JVDS House, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
JVDS House, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Modern house, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Modern house, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Modern house, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Modern house, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
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Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
A restored mill, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
A restored mill, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
The Langeberg Mountains near Swellendam by Tom @ Flickr
The Langeberg Mountains near Swellendam by Tom @ Flickr | Source
Mountain Zebra in Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, South Africa by Proteus at Flickr
Mountain Zebra in Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, South Africa by Proteus at Flickr | Source

Heidelberg

55 km (34 miles) after Swellendam we drive through Heidelberg – another town on the banks of a river that had grown around a Dutch Reformed church. Here the Duiwenhoks River (pigeon loft’s river) originates on the southern slopes of the Langeberg Mountains, passes through Heidelberg and meanders for 82km (±113 miles) until it flows into the ocean.

In 1716 one Louis Fourie obtained grazing rights alongside the river. In 1728 he registered his right of abode. Hunderd and twenty seven years later, in 1855, a portion of this farm was sold to the Dutch Reformed church council. I try to comprehend the reality of the time, keeping in mind that a number of farmers had immigrated to the northern regions of South Africa beyond the Orange River in 1836. (Ref: The Voortrekkers and the Groot Trek, 1836.)

We are no longer in the Overberg region, but at the beginning of the Garden Route. The climate is no longer Mediterranean, but Oceanic. (Mild summers and winters, rain year-round. After Hawaii, the Oceanic Climate in South Africa is the second mildest climate in the world.)

Vermaaklikheid is a little hamlet on the banks of the Duivenshok River near Heidelberg.

Read more about Heidelberg HERE and HERE.

Duivenshok River at Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape, South Africa
Duivenshok River at Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

More pictures of Heidelberg

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Dutch Reformed Church, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Post Office, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Post Office, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Langeberg mountains at Heidelberg, Western Caoe
Langeberg mountains at Heidelberg, Western Caoe | Source
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
A glimps of the Blue Crane Farm Stall, Heidelberg, Western Cape
A glimps of the Blue Crane Farm Stall, Heidelberg, Western Cape | Source
Ostrich farm, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa
Ostrich farm, Heidelberg, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Between Heidelberg and Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Riversdale

Also founded as a church and proclaimed a town in 1838, Riversdale is a hub for shopping and other services for surrounding farming communities. Situated between two mountains – the Langeberg Mountains and the Sleeping Beauty – this town is known as the ‘Floral Paradise’ of the Garden Route.

Read more about Riversdale HERE and HERE.

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Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed church, Riversdale, Westerm Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed church, Riversdale, Westerm Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Shopping Centre, Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Shopping Centre, Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa
Riversdale, Western Cape, South Africa | Source

Between Riversdale and Mossel Bay

Between Riversdale and Mossel Bay is a little farming village called Albertinia - a relatively new settlement established in 1900. As it is only one hour from Mossel Bay, travellers tend to pass this town without giving it a second look. Unless they are thirsty, hungry and/or tired....

Albertinia

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Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed Church, Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed Church, Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia Hotel, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa
Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
From Albertinia to Mossel Bay, South Africa
From Albertinia to Mossel Bay, South Africa | Source

Mossel Bay

Once upon a time Mossel Bay (the Bay of Mossels) was merely another harbour town, a shopping hub for farmers in the region, and, of course, a holiday resort. Since the discovery of natural offshore gas fields in 1969 and the establishment of one of the world’s largest Gas to liquids (GTL) refineries, this town gradually outgrew its tranquillity. Nowadays Mossel Bay and its surrounding region boast with more than 40 hotels.

Mossel Bay is the place where the first Europeans landed on South African soil. On February 3, 1488, Bartolomeu Dias set foot ashore after actually rounding the Cape of Good Hope without realising that he was discovering the Spice Route to India. After discovering a fresh-water spring and being chased off in a hail of stones by the local Khoisan people, he named the bay “Angra dos Vaqueiros” - The Bay of Cowherds.

The most famous attraction in Mossel Bay is the famous Shoe Post Box suspended from a milkwood tree, which was left by another Portuguese navigator, Pedro d'Ataide, in 1501.

The Cape St. Blaize Cave, also known as Bat’s Cave, (10 metres (±33 feet) high, 12 m (39ft) deep, 22 m (72 ft) wide) contains artefacts of the Khoisan people dating back 80,000 years.

Read more about Mossel Bay’s fascinating history HERE.

Although many consider Heidelberg to be the beginning of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay is in fact the official beginning, or end, depending on the starting point.

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Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
The Santos Pavillion at Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
The Santos Pavilion at Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Gas-to-liquids refinery operated by PetroSA (Mossgas) Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Gas-to-liquids refinery operated by PetroSA (Mossgas) Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - Remains of Apartheid
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - Remains of Apartheid | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - Remains of Apartheid
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa - Remains of Apartheid | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
St. Peter's Anglican Church built in 1878, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
St. Peter's Anglican Church built in 1878, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
From mid-town view on the harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
From mid-town view on the harbour, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, The Point, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Cape St. Blaize Cave and Lighthouse, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Cape St. Blaize Cave and Lighthouse, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Cape St. Blaize Cave and Lighthouse, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Cape St. Blaize Cave and Lighthouse, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Cape St. Blaize Cave, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Cape St. Blaize Cave, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, De Bakke, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, De Bakke, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa | Source
Dutch Reformed church, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Dutch Reformed church, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

A fascinating video of wild animals in a nearby game reserve -

Shark diving at Mossel Bay

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Great White Shark Cage Diving at Mossel Bay, South Africa

Languages spoken from Cape Town to Mossel Bay

 
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa
Sotho
Other
Cape Town
22.53%
67.68%
2.71%
 
4.72%
Somerset West
52.3%
37.5%
4.8%
 
5.3%
Grabouw
61.8%
2.5%
28.5%
5.0%
2.2%
Caledon
85.3%
2.9%
7.1%
2.4%
2.3%
Riviersonderend
86.5%
3.1%
8.3%
 
2.1%
Swellendam
81.3%
4.8%
9.5%
1.1%
3.4%
Heidelberg
91.9%
3.4%
2.9%
 
1.8%
Albertina
94.2%
2.8%
 
 
3.0%
Mossel Bay
57.4%
6.9%
30.7%
1.5%
3.5%
Source: Wikipedia, Census 2011

From Mossel Bay to Knysna

The next phase of our tour -

From-Mossel-Bay-to-Knysna-a-picture-tour

First part of this video is about Cape Town and the Winelands, last part about the Garden Route (Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma)

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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Another wonderful addition to a wonderful series, and a picture of a young you as a bonus. Great article, Martie!


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful scenery Martie. I love the waterfall pic. and of course you and your firstborn. The flowers in the video are gorgeous. Thank's again for sharing your part of our world....


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ billybuc - thank you for being the first to comment. I could not resist sharing some of my personal memories :)

@ always exploring - nice to have you on the bus. Those flowers grows nowhere else but in the Western Cape


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

What I noticed about this leg of the tour is the beautiful skies. The clouds look low enough to touch.

Mossel Bay is beautiful. I can see why it strikes your emotions. Love the photo of you and your son, Martie!

You wouldn't catch me diving with great whites for all the money in the world! Those men are quite brave.

Now, I'll go back and finish watching the last three videos. Interesting journey, my friend!


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Shauna! I love seeing those mountains, hills and valleys - we don't have much of it in the North West Province. And, of course, the sea will forever delight me. I, too, will not go shark diving. It is quite expensive and mostly done by tourists from oversea. SA offers a cheap holiday for foreigners from America and Europe. They can buy R11 with $1, and even more with 1 pound. Take care, dear bravewarrior :)


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

Great Hub. I feel like I went on the trip with you. I never knew how beautiful South Africa was. Thank you.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

The history, the architecture, the views, the personal share--all great! Thanks for a great presentation!


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Joyfullcrown - SA has a variety of climates and each and everyone has a beauty of its own. I am glad you enjoyed this tour.

@ MsDora - I am so glad you enjoyed the whole package :)


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've created a fantastic guide to South Africa with your latest hubs, Martie. I've learned so much about your country by reading your articles. I'd love to see South Africa in person, but I doubt that I'll ever be able to. I appreciate seeing it through your photos and descriptions.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Alicia, after all you have taught me, I am truly happy to broaden your perspective on South Africa :) Thanks for your inspiring comment :)


Riana Botha 23 months ago

Great work once again my dearist cousin, So sad to have missed you though...


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Dankie, Riana! If only we have had one extra day. We actually thought that we would have had two extra days, under the impression that we would be able to make one trip from K'dorp to Cape Town, and one trip again from PE back to K'dorp.... You know, like we were able to do when we were 5... err... 10 years younger.... Do I need to say more? Lol! Next time we will keep in mind that flesh and bone and spirit are not always in agreement with each other :)


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Martie. It sounds like (looks like) you had the vacation of a lifetime. Your countryside is beautiful and it looks like the weather behaved itself for you on the journey. Thank you for sharing your digital scrapbook with all of us. The pictures are marvelous and give us so much extra detail. Merry Christmas


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

I'd definitely leave the shark diving to a braver soul but otherwise it seems like a fabulous vacation. So beautiful and look at the younger Martie with her baby! Great, entertaining hub here! (This is the first time I have seen one of the new ads lurking in the "related hubs" section. Seems a little strange to me.)


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, FlorishAnyway, adds remind me of insects - such a nuisance, yet, a very important source of food. In this case my rule, 'Live with it!' is applicable. Thanks for being on our tour bus :)


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

What a great leg to our journey. Again your photos and the few outsiders you've chosen are breathtaking. So much history told to us with so many facts. What an amazing journey we've had.

The pic of a young Martie was certainly an added bonus!

Voted al but funny.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Tillsontitan - to be honest, I was not sure if sharing memories 40 years old would be appropriate. But then I compared them to the history I've been sharing all the way and simply put them in the same category. Lol! Sadly, 99% of all my old pictures have faded beyond repair. I am glad you enjoyed this leg of our journey :)


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Martie,

I don't know where my head has been but I read this fabulous hub when first published and had every intention of leaving a comment the next morning...(LOL)??

I love Mike's expression of 'digital scrapbook' and yours is one of the most fascinating I have seen...these gorgeous photographs -- especially the mountain views, the bay shots and the historical churches.

I especially enjoyed seeing beautiful YOU...what a knock out you were/ are, girlfriend... ! I am thrilled you revisited Mossel Bay with fresh eyes and your delightful Mr. B.

Voted UP and UABI and sharing...

Hope you are enjoying a peaceful weekend. Love and hugs, mar


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kerlund74 23 months ago from Sweden

Sounds like an amazing trip, wonderful scenes in the photos. A place I sure might visit some day.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ marcoujor – your private messages in your capacity as my personal editor, as well as your comments, are always appreciated with all of my heart. I think these travel hubs will be useful in the future. I haven’t yet seen something exactly like this on the Internet.

Driving through Mossel Bay after all these years was quite weird, as if the previous visits happened in another life time. The here and now with Mr.B is like dreams coming true. Quite amazing. Must try to explain this to myself.

Hugs to you, my dear Maria :)

@ kerlund74 – Each and every country has their own beauty. I would love to see Sweden, but that will only be possible via a picture tour :)


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Martie, I’ve run out of adjectives to express my awe of this beautiful, fascinating country. Your descriptions and photographs make us want to experience this world with all of our senses. Most of us cannot, but we still have the next best thing -- this series. Thank you!


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Eiddwen 23 months ago from Wales

A wonderful journey Martie; I thoroughly enjoyed it and the photos were breath-taking. Voted up and shared.

Eddy.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Genna East – I am truly thrilled to know that you are enjoying this series as a second best experience of my beautiful country. Thank you so much!

@ Eiddwen – I would love to enjoy the same kind of tour of Wales. Thanks for the votes :)


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible photos! I like the way you introduced this unique topic. A very interesting hub with so many facts about our beautiful country. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi DDE, I am so glad you enjoy the tour. I hope it reminds you of the good times you have had down here :) Happy New Year, my friend :)


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany

Wow! Those photos are awesome. I enjoyed reading it and of course seeing the photos. I have noticed that you have a lot of German name towns or cities like Heidelberg and Dutch as well. My hubby has just educated me why. Thanks for sharing this hub. Well done!


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Thelma! Good to know your hubby knows the history of South Africa. The Dutch recruited many Germans as soldiers in the beginning (since 1652). Many soldiers decided to stay in SA to become farmers. The French Huguenots came in December 1687. The British took over in 1795. South Africa was a paradise for troubled Europeans, adventures and fortune seekers. At present, however, the political and social climates are repelling. Thanks for enjoying the picture tour from Cape Town to Mossel Bay. Don't miss the rest of the tour. You will love it, I promise :)


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Martie,

I am absolutely blown away by the beauty you have shown us regarding this part of South Africa. I spent a lot of time looking at your photos but also watching the videos. I would skip the shark diving but everything else looks fabulous. I did not know that the oceanic climate there is as mild as Hawaii. Nice! Loved seeing the animals in that nature preserve. Your series is absolutely wonderful! Up votes, sharing, tweeting, etc.


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Blackspaniel1 22 months ago

Some great images. I like the unfinished bridge.


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Peggy, this part of our country is truly very beautiful. I still have another chapter to publish about this part - more about the jungle. But the novel I am busy writing is at present my first priority. Got to get it off my shoulders :) Thanks for enjoying the trip :)


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

Blackspaniel - those 4 unfinished ends of a highway boggle my mind :) Thanks for the visit :)


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Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great traveling post Martie and Mosselbay hold unusual memories for me. During a walk on a coastal path only assessable by foot we were stopped by a man who was very worried about his girlfriend who had collapsed. My nursing experiences came in handy but to my horror this young woman was unconscious and all I could do was making sure she kept breathing until the helicopter arrived. ( she died on the way to the hospital.)


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MartieCoetser 17 months ago from South Africa Author

Oh, shame, Nadine! What could have been the cause of her death? What a frightening experience. And that poor man, shame! Go figure! Thanks for your continues support, my dear fellow-South African :)

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