Travel Blogs from Somerset West
Meetings over. Some time to relax before heading back to UK. Today travelled on the M5, N2, N1 over at least 100km. All are highways and all in excellent conditon. The N1 was first opened to traffic in1962 and remains in use essentially unchanged from its original configuration. Despite its age it handles the increased load without strain a reflection of the good long term planning ...
... the cranes. Beaufort West is similar to Graaf Reinet but without being interesting. We bought groceries and petrol. Then five minutes down the N2 we entered the Karoo national park. Suddenly we're in a pristine world once more, heading up a road through desert scrub into softly amber lit mountains, zebras and ostriches to left and right. The rest camp here is obscenely luxurious for the pitiful £60 a night we're paying. Our "chalet" is a palace looking out into a wilderness ...
... vegetation (this is one of the 7 world natural wonders).
It has been a very cold and wet start to spring but today it was a truly spectacular blue sky day and words can't describe the views from the Very windswept summit.
We ended the day with a delicious meal at a local restaurant, the best tastes ever!
What a breathtaking start to our adventure.
... were partway up the mountain, 25 minutes of walking, and asked a group how long until the top. We saw a lion!!!! The man said 30 minutes so we kept on going, since it would've taken the same amount of time to turn around. Thirty minutes passed by and no sign of the top. We asked someone else how much longer and they said "It's just 30 minutes!" Another 50 minutes passed by. It took us 2 1/2 hours to climb the mountain and that's with with multiple stops for pictures and rests. The moral of ...
... but both meals were good and, of course, we ordered some wine. After lunch, we climbed into an estate van and took a very impressive guided tour of the winery where we got a first-hand look at how fine wines are produced. The tour took about an hour, then we were dropped off back at the Visitor's Center. No matter how you pronounce it, our visit to Vergelegen was enlightening and enjoyable.
Other places to stay in Somerset West
CNR Main Road (M9) & Broadway Boulevard (R44) Roads, Somerset West | 3 star hotelfrom $60
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | 4 star hotelfrom $76
01 Morgenster Avenue, Somerset West | 4 star hotelfrom $104
8 Waveren Avenue, Somerset West | Hotelfrom $63
Jigger ave, Somerset West | Hotelfrom $73