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Subaru Road Trip

 

The first overnight stop and meeting place for the group were at the Riempie Protea Hotel in Oudtshoorn, where the ostrich steak made especially for the group that evening left a lasting impression!

In the morning we crossed over the cloud-covered and rainy Swartberg Pass with a serious wind-chill factor, but absolutely awe-inspiring scenery nonetheless.

A light lunch was enjoyed at the Swartberg Hotel in Prins Albert, with some interesting tricycle-art

displayed across the road. A muddy Karoo road to Willowmore followed, with all in agreement that these conditions were just purpose-designed for Subaru’s.

Our second overnight stop was at the Willowmore Historical Guest House, which felt like a museum with beautiful antique furniture and a collection of old photographs, ornaments and displays everywhere.

 

The next morning saw the group entering Baviaanskloof.
 

A short but spectacular 2.6km hike was completed at the Boplaas Ravine, so that the group had worked up  healthy appetite by the time we arrived back at Vero’s Restaurant for a traditional Baviaans vetkoek lunch.  


A guided tour of the Wild Figtree Forest followed in the afternoon and we checked in at the Zandvlakte Guest House for our overnight stop.

After a hearty breakfast the next morning the group left to enter the Baviaanskloof Wilderness gate just down the road. Some spectacular roads were travelled that day, with narrow, rocky tracks, numerous water crossings and some huge cliffs.

 

 

That evening we checked into the final stop at Happy Lands Guesthouse just outside the Addo Elephant Park and enjoyed a lovely Thorp-sponsored dinner at Africanos Restaurant down the road.

 

 


Next day – Addo! We hired a hop-on guide (a qualified ranger) for the day, who communicated with the cars via two-way radios. Thanks to him, we had the closest photo opportunities with wild elephant and lion any of us have ever experienced. Thanks Patrick!

 


On the last morning of our tour we decided to drive the Zuurberg Mountain Pass, but having seen the Spa prices at the Zuurberg Mountain Inn at the top of the pass, the ladies all decided to trade driving the pass for some spa treatments, so the guys continued on their own! Some spectacular scenery was the result. 

 


Happy Lands went out of their way to accommodate the group and arranged a magnificent braai for our last evening, rounding off a wonderful and memorable trip.