This past week, we took a road trip from Pretoria to Cape Town with the whole family. Because what better way to follow up 18 hours on a plane than a 16 hour car ride?
Truth be told, it felt like a really long time in the car. Probably because it was a really long time in the car. Especially with two antsy pants maniacs in the back seat, thrashing against their restraints (car seats) every hour or so like angry little mental patients. But despite that, South Africa is a beautiful country and it was really amazing to see some of the areas outside of the big cities.
On the route we took, once we were outside of Johannesburg, there was not much else until we got to Cape Town. We broke the trip up into 2 days and stayed overnight at a really nice B&B in a small town in (on?) the Karoo. It's pretty wild, you drive along, seeing nothing and no one for miles and miles (or kilometers here) and then all of a sudden, a little light appears in the distance and it's a small town hidden amidst a mountain range. I've never been to an area that is so isolated before. It's like what I imagine the Australian Outback to be like. We saw actual tumbleweeds rolling across the plains. As I type "tumbleweeds", it's occurring to me that perhaps this doesn't seem like the smartest trip to bring a baby and a 2 year old but alls well that ends well, right?
After the long drive, we made it to Cape Town and had an awesome time there. Cape Town is just great. This time around we went to the top of Table Mountain, spent a picnic day at another winery (sans food poisoning this time!), and spent some time on the beach. I'll be posting more pictures on all that this week.
Baby's first desert trek.
The B&B where we stayed overnight.
Graaf Reinet, the town where we stayed.