Road Trip South Africa: The Finale

Chapman's Peak Toll Road

Chapman’s Peak Toll Road

After two days spent mingling with high-society, it was time to move on.  We drove to Strand, a beach town just south of Cape Town, for a reunion with our friends Chris and Megan.  We’d met them on the southernmost tip of Africa, at the end of the Road to Nowhere, in a chance encounter that typifies global travel and proves that the world can be simultaneously small, yet immensely vast.  Continue reading

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Route 62

The "goat tower" at Fairview Winery.  I don't get it, but I like it

The “goat tower” at Fairview Winery. I don’t get it, but I like it

From Oudtshoorn we drove west on Route 62 towards Cape Town, heading deeper into the Little Karoo.  It’s a hot and dusty, middle-of-nowhere type drive.  Time stretched out before us as we drove in the empty space where red rock met endless sky.   The monotony broke suddenly when we spotted a large white building with “Ronnie’s Sex Shop” painted on it in large, red letters.  I remembered someone telling me, “You’ve got to stop there,” but I’d forgotten to look into it and wasn’t sure what we were getting into. Continue reading

The Little Karoo

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

We left Cape Agulhas and headed northeast along the coast for a few hours before turning inland for the last section of the drive.  Our destination was the town of Oudtshoorn.  Located in the the Little Karoo, an arid semi-desert region of South Africa, Oudtshoorn’s claim to fame is as the ostrich capital of the world. Continue reading

The Road to Nowhere

Watching the sunset in Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Watching the sunset in Cape Agulhas, South Africa

The time felt right for a road trip.  Due to more incompetence from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, I still didn’t have my new driver’s license; which meant it was Mandy’s turn to learn how to drive on the left. Continue reading

Apartheid 2013

Table Mountain with Cape Town beneath it (as seen from Robben Island)

Table Mountain with Cape Town beneath it (as seen from Robben Island)

After three days of R & R in Zanzibar, Pep’s legs were almost healed and it was time to get back to work traveling the world.  That night we touched down in Cape Town, South Africa.  Cape Town is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other.  The natural beauty, however, is somewhat obscured by all of the razor wire and armed guards. Continue reading