I am a travel addict.
It is the excitement of discovering magical places, and the vibrancy and diversity one encounters every step of the way that has me addicted. I was fortunate to have married a man who shares my passion for travel and in our 11 years together we have journeyed to many destinations around the world, frequently opting for the road less travelled. Our children began travelling with us shortly after they were born and love it as well.
Often we discover that some of the most beautiful places are right on our doorstep and we alternate our local travels with international destinations. One early morning last year, we bundled our kids into their car seats and set off from Johannesburg to Cape Town along the N1. Armed with our copy of “On Route in South Africa” which provided interesting history and entertaining anecdotes about the places we drove through – and some snacks and DVD’s to keep the children happy – we proceeded on an interesting journey of discovery.
We drove through Bloemfontein and took a slight detour some time later, to view the mighty Gariep Dam, the country’s largest reservoir. We made a stop in Richmond, South Africa’s only “book town” then past Victoria West, with its charming 19-th century cottages and the Three Sisters, named after three prominent sugarloaf hills with distinctive crowns. We spent the night in Beaufort West which is often referred to as “the capital of Karoo” and is where Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the prominent heart surgeon, was born and grew up.
Refreshed the next morning, we continued our journey, stopping for a walk in the museum town of Matjiesfontein, where The Blue Train had stopped for the night. Matjiesfontein was a health resort in the 1880’s and took us back in time to another era.
Then was a stop in Worcester and through to the Dutoitskloof Pass to our destination, Cape Town. A week later, our return journey took us for a few days to the picturesque Garden Route and then to Johannesburg, passing through Kimberley and the Big Hole en route. We had had an awesome holiday wherein we had learnt so much of our beautiful country’s history and seen so much of its endless beauty and my family and I had thoroughly enjoyed it.