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Travel Blogs from Swellendam
... got some last minute supplies and headed over the National Park.
The setting up of the camp proved remarkably straightforward apart from the oversight that Dad’s new bed allowed absolutely no room for me (in what was advertised as a three person tent). “First and only issue - I hope” I volunteered to sleep outside on the foam. We had planned this weekend based on the weather forecast so I foresaw no problems.
I decided to take Route 62 to Cape Town and stay over at the "Warmwaterberg Spa" on a friend's recommendation. I have not slept in a caravan in 20 years. It is not expensive either and the spa water is around 40 Deg C. I stopped at Ronnie's Sex Shop just down the road. Really just a bar with a reputation, judging by the lingerie stapled to the ceiling. The scenery between Barrydale and Robertson is really pretty and a must ...
... to the interior.
The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected. We took a tour of the Drostdy and these pictures document this period of Dutch Cape ...
... a couple of kms down a gravelly road towards the entrance gate before I gave the dashboard a long hard look, and I started to have misgivings about the position of the fuel gauge needle. I hadn't considered how big the park is, nor that we'd have to drive around it all in second gear due to the state of the dirt roads. So I had to do a U-turn and drive back into town to fill up. The result was that we didn't get into,the park proper until about 11am, when the animals ...
... north in a dead straight line for ever, through an apparently empty landscape. Some of it was vegetated sand dunes, the rest presumably what they call Fynbos Scrub, a dry vegetation Kingdom that is unique in the world to the Cape region. (You can tell I spent yesterday afternoon in the botanical gardens, can't you!) There is so much space in this country...to a native of an overcrowded island such as Britain it is staggering. We reached the West Coast National Park gate a couple ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Pets allowed