Trip to Cape Town – Uniondale to Cape Town

We started the trip at 6:30 in the morning after waking up fairly early due to the fact that some of the windows in the accommodation only had lace curtains but it was a good thing as it allowed us to get on our way.

The Drive from Uniondale to De Rust rather straight forward will loads of dry land and  mountians in the distance.

As we came near to De Rust there were fields of beautiful purple flowers and i had to stop to take some pictures. As soon as i got out the car I had a very sneaky suspicion what i was looking at due to the smell in the air. It was loads of onions which were flowering, beautiful purple ball shaped flowers, nice to look at but rather smelly.

De Rust is located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West. De Rust is also known for the meandering Meiringspoort pass. 

When driving through the streets of De Rust we noticed that almost half of De Rust was for sale, don’t know why since it was town of the year 2011 and is very quaint. In De Rust we saw:  a purple version of Herrie, a large cockerel (don’t know what the fascination with large scale animals is), many wire, mosaic and artistic crosses on peoples front doors and walls, a boat chained to a tree and a church on the hill.

We then headed into Meiringspoort pass, which is a stunning pass through the numerous drifts with the red roak formations towering above us.

Meiringspoort is a gateway that connects the Klein Karoo and the Karoo through a gorge with a 25 km road crossing the same river 25 times in the span of the 25 km.

Took so many pictures but none of then actually do it justice, you have to take a drive through this pass at least once in your lifetime.

Out of the pass we drove onto Prince Albert for a drink and found a beautiful old church but struggled to just get a fruit juice. Very quaint looking place. Had a browse around the antique store and used their loo.

From Prince Albert we drove back to the Swartberg pass turn off and on the dirt over the pass, this was stunning.

Got to the bottom of the pass and took the road onto Calitdorp, the road was tar until all of a sudden it was dirt for a long while, this went through another pass with huge red rocks.

Arrived in Calitzdorp at about 11am and went wine and port tasting at Calitzdorp, De Kraans and BoPlaas cellars, we could have continued but then probably would not have made it out for the rest of the journey, it is already an uphill battle to get out of Calitzdorp. We bought a few bottles of wine and port and carried on to Ladismith

In Ladismith there is a beautiful church building that is gutted and is used as the tourism beureu, this was a little sad, can only imagine how beautiful it was on the inside 100 years ago. The town had a number of old buildings to look at but not much else

The drive continues on to Barrydale which too had a beautiful church but couldn’t find the view we wanted so we carried on our way (found a view of Barrydale in the 70’s on the net and wanted to take a picture now)

After Barrydale the road takes you through Tradouws pass and then past Swellendam and the over Sir Lowery’s Pass (the fact that the sea was so near was a bit of a surprise) and down into Somerset West and then into Cape Town. After the pass and 10 hours of driving we were a little tired and over it, the journey was great but we needed a destination and thus gunned it for Cape Town.

Trip to Cape Town Planning well under way

December is fast approaching and it is now only 19 days untill our holiday to Cape Town begins, the planning has been intense as Lauren and I want to do as much as possible in the Mother City and be as touristy as possible. So far the plan is to leave EL on the 15th and travel through to Uniondale where we will be staying at Seven at Grey, we wont be taking bicycles though, even though we could.

A luxury free standing cottage situated in a big garden in a quiet street off the main road.  The cottage is fully restored and tastefully decorated in a French provincial style. Cyclists are welcome.

From there we will be traveling to De Rust and through the Meiringspoort pass to Klaarstroom. From Klaarstroom the road should wind up to Prince Albert and then through the Swartberg Pass and down into Calitzdorp – All roads leading to Calitzdorp are downhill, hopefully it wont be an uphill battle to get out of this port wine capital of South Africa, I think we will definitely have to use the spittoon.

From Calitzdorp the road we will be following will take us through Ladismith, Barrydale, Swellendam, Riviersonderend, Caledon, Bot River, Grabouw, and Somerset West with us ending up in the Mother City where we will be staying with our Awesome Friends, James and Michelle and the jovial Adlard troop. As can be seen the travelling research has some way to go and so if anyone has any tips of places to see along the way please let me know so that we can add this onto the list.

So Far whilst in Cape Town we will be visiting the following places and doing the following things:

Red City Tour

Franschoek & Stellenbosch, JC Le `roux

Planatrium @8

Chapmans, houtbay, boulders beach, simonstown, fish-hoek, Kalkbay


Kirstenbosch & Table Mountain, Sea Point,  Camps Bay

Rhodes Memorial,  Robben Island & Aquarium

Phantom of the  Oprah

Darling to Langebaan to stay over at crystal lagoon lodge

Cape Point Paarl,Wellington, tulbagh, Swatland

what can you recommend, we have a few lines open?