Tuesday, 18 October 2011

SA/Namibia 2011 - Day 17. Swellendam to Jeffreys Bay.

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 Preparing to leave De Wagenmaeker. The car is a Mercedes-Benz V8!

 But this little cutie also belongs to the household. A FIAT 600?

 'So long. It's been nice.'

Our stay at De Wagenmaeker on Voortrek Street in Swellendam was very pleasant, entertaining and comfortable. We would be departing Swellendam having been impressed by the people and the place; and we hadn't quite left yet ..... there was still the question of breakfast and a few strong coffees.

Two kilometers east we stopped in the town. There was a lot of noise coming from the Full Stop Cafe (Klein Loftus), so we pulled up there for breakfast. It was a good choice. We were made very welcome AND World Cup rugby was on the TV. South Africa vs Samoa I think.

OK - let's try to leave Swellendam again! This time we dragged ourselves away into the cool, but bright, morning.

As per normal, there was no hard and fast plan. I had a vague notion of stopping for the night in Humansdorp.

The Garden Route is certainly very pretty and we were beguiled by the scenery making frequent stops.

 Just outside Heidelberg.

 Checking the navigation.

Mossel Bay.

Rest stop. I had 30 minutes zzzzzz. Mike was very patient.

 Still steering east. This is Knysna.

This is Plettenberg Bay.

This is near Storms River.

We reached Humansdorp at about 17h30 but we were unable to find any accommodation there. We pushed on to Jeffreys Bay where, just as it was getting dark, we found a delightful place for the night called On the Bay.

On the Bay is owned and run by Karla and her husband Soi. They are originally from Belgium and also Belgium Congo. They are now South African. They love their place by the sea. We were very happy to have found Karla and to have such a comfortable and friendly place to stay for the night.

After freshening up we walked into the town and found a good place for a beer and and a burger. Very nice.

Distance Today: 464 km. 288 miles.
Trip Distance: 4 726 km. 2 937 miles.

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