Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Over the mountains to the Karoo

Today we travelled from Knysna to Prince Albert on one of my favourite South African drives, through the Outeniqua and Swartberg Passes. This was the 4th time that we have made this journey, the first being with the family in 1982, when I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town.

Barbara, Amanda and Jon on the Outeniqua Pass in 1982
The Swartberg Pass between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert is a unique experience and a major challenge for our friends, who are not too happy with heights. An untarred road with precipitous hairpins, it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cape.

Arriving in the little town of Prince Albert, on the cusp between the Little and Great Karoo we stayed overnight at the Dennehof Guest House, a National Monument homestead.

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