Roadtrip – Route 62 Mountains


The gentle farmlands of the Breede River Valley.

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. P1020769


As you drive into the Seweekspoort you get the impression the road is heading straight into a mountainside but it twists and turns and meanders through the most magnificent towering peaks.



Red stone hills


At the foot of Swartberg Pass


The view from the top of Swartberg Pass is something to behold.



On the way back again I took this pass back to Barrydale from the Garden Route. The road from the N2 to reach the pass was not a good one and it was at that point that I realised I had just travelled 2000 kms without having first checked my spare wheel. I can’t describe the anxiety I started feeling … there was no-one on the road, no cell signal, no houses, nothing … and I kept going over very sharp stones. Luckily I made it, and it was worth it as this pass is stunning!

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About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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