And i'm off...
So after packing up all my boxes and squeezing into my tiny Toyota we hit the road to Plettenberg Bay, my new temporary home base while I travel! We left at 04:00am and I got to say goodbye to my hometown while the sun rose behind her. I absolutely love Johannesburg, it has been an amazing place to grow up and in my last 25 years I have made such amazing life long friends there, I wouldn’t change it for the world and I’m sure one day I will be back for more then just visits. Saying goodbye to everything you know is never easy but I’m so excited for what life has to offer me which helps a little bit.
The drive from Jozi to Plettenberg Bay is about 13 hours and passes through amazing landscapes and small towns. Anyone who hasn’t road tripped through South Africa yet, do yourself a favour and get to it.
One of the main places you pass through is the Karoo. Karoo is thought to mean “Land of great thirst” in Khoisan and what an apt name. Any fellow South Africans who have been to the Karoo will agree that it is definitely dry! But don’t let that deter you cause what the Karoo lacks in lush greens it surely makes up for in its quirky pit stops, cheeky signs, home stalls and historical value. Some of the towns truly look like a land lost in time, with antiques and antiquities from the past 100 years or so.
On the drive down I decided why not tick off some of my items on my ‘bucket list’ (for lack a better list name). Anyone who knows me knows that I am a keen keeper of lists! Lists of things to do today, tomorrow and 5 years from now. I have lists of what I want to read, what I want to learn and most importantly I have my list of things I want to do and see in my next hopefully 70 years on our gorgeous planet earth.
Graaff-Reinet is a historical gem in the Karoo and happens to be almost completely surrounded by the Cambedoo National Park and within it lies “The Valley Of Desolation” an item that has long been on my list of places to see. It is made up of Dolomites as tall as 120 Metres which were formed 100s of years ago due to volcanic and erosive forces. It was an amazing thing to see. Our luck unfortunately was up on the weather side. At a stage the wind was so strong we thought we might blow right off the cliff and then it started to rain but we stuck it out and 10 minutes later the rain and wind stopped enough for us to do a short hike around and explore a bit! Really glad I got the chance to visit this site.
We stayed over at the most amazing little cottage and then continued our drive the following day, getting more excited as the scenery grew greener and we knew we were heading to the ocean. This drive is so green once you reach the Outeniqua Hops and only gets better once you get to George and follow the coast down to Plettenberg Bay. Filled with mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and the ocean, Nothing can make my heart happier!
Here is to ticking many more items off the lists, continuously adding more and just enjoying the journey as I go :)