Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Our first days

April 13, 2014  —  South Africa

We are now in South Africa after more than 7 months on the road. Many people say that the country is not Africa anymore, but the Western World. I partly agree with that, but I rather think that South Africa is a good blend of Africa and the West.

Some aspects make us think of Africa such as the poverty, the chaos in some places, the way people drive and also people asking for money in the street. In another way, it is like home. There are many good restaurants, good cheeses, excellent wines, and supermarkets where one can find absolutely everything. I think it is a nice balance between both worlds.

Up until now, our trip in South Africa has been less an adventure and more a tourist visit. We treated ourselves with some good restaurants, wine tastings and we walked along the pretty beaches south of the country.

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Cederberg Wilderness Area

Cederberg Wilderness Area - South Africa

This rock is shaped like a soldier's head.

Cederberg Wilderness Area - South Africa

When we drove on this route, an accident had occurred during the night. There were three people in this car that fell more than a 100 metres down the cliff.

We were surprised to learn that the three people only had minor injuries and they were transported to the hospital without any fears whatsoever for their life. They were all wearing a seat belt (true story told by the people that were still on the site).

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Ceres

Have you ever tasted a Ceres juice? These excellent juices are made in this beautiful valley.

Ceres - South Africa
Ceres - South Africa
Ceres - South Africa
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Route 62

Route 62 - South Africa

Route 62 is a road where many wineries allow people to taste their wines and also have a good meal. We took a few days to test many wines and cheeses... Curiously, I now like white wine.

Route 62 - South Africa
A very tasty wines and cheeses lunch.
Route 62 - South Africa
We also tried some olives.
Boplass Winery - Route 62 - South Africa
Wines selection in just one winery.
Route 62 - South Africa
Beers, wines and cheeses tasting.

Route 62 - Farm museum

Worcester Museum - Route 62 - South Africa

In Worcester, this small museum shows how farmers were living a century ago.

Worcester Museum - Route 62 - South Africa
A donkey or horse was turning the wheel.
Worcester Museum - Route 62 - South Africa
Oven for the bread.
Worcester Museum - Route 62 - South Africa
Transport wagon.
Worcester Museum - Route 62 - South Africa
The forge.
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Here and there

Gondwana Game Reserve - South Africa
Gondwana Game Reserve - South Africa
We visited some friends who live in a private game reserve. They can drive around and see rhinos and even lions. A nice place.
Swartberg - South Africa
The south-west of the country is very mountainous.