Last year I did a 10-day road trip, alone, from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and back. I drove up along Route 62 all the way to where it joins the N2 just before Port Elizabeth and then drove back to Cape Town on the N2, through the Garden Route, veered inland again near Swellendam to region Route62 at Barrydale.
I had only vague plans for where I would stop over each night. The freedom to do as I wished was marvelous because that way I discovered unexpected new roads and places, and met some lovely people. Nothing beats the scenery along this route and I think it was the mountains that really got to me – they are unbelievably beautiful. From the Breede River valley with its pink hues to the magnificent Seweweekspoort and then the thrill of a 4×4 drive to the top of Swartberg Pass at sunset and down again into Prince Albert and back to Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort, it was a never-ending treat for the senses.