Day 1. A sunset entering Port Elizabeth. Travelling in the back of a bakkie has its perks.
A deep anticipation set in as we approached Swartberg Country Manor under the Swartberg Mountains. The horizon sets a mysterious tone. The Swartberg Mountains are in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The range is composed of two main mountain chains running roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid Little Karoo.
The Sun slowly waking up the following morning. A beautiful sight beside the old shed, which has sat below this sunrise for over 100 years.
Bees are drawn to the lavender in the garden. In the cold morning air, this bee is already at work. The Klein Karoo is home to some of the best lavender farms on the continent
These houses served as our home for the weekend. The buildings look as natural in this environment as the Aloe Ferox. The resort was once owned by an Afrikaans farmer. The houses were used by farm workers and then revamped by the Swartberg resort.
Moritz Otto, my German travel companion. Hungry for the day ahead, we have an early meal at Patat, the restaurant in the resort. Breakfast is his favourite meal.
A young man admires the Cango Caves moments before the more challenging part of the tour, known as the Adventure Tour. The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian limestone at the foothills of the Swartberg range.
The light shines through the Chimney in the Cango Caves. People wait at the base as only one person can crawl through the narrow passage at a time.
Take a right on your way back to Oudsthoorn and the small town opens out into a postcard setting. The road takes you past the church and then you’re en route to Karusa Wine Estate.
After an intense morning on the Adventure Tour, we gathered our thoughts at the Karusa Wine Estate outside Outdsthoorn. The estate is home to some of the finest wines in the world and has an up–and-coming craft beer brewery. The wines were arranged from a light to heavy taste (left to right).
Serenity witnessed with fresh eyes. What makes South Africa so unique is its constantly changing landscapes. This photo series takes you from Grahamstown, through Knysna, George, Oudsthoorn, Swartberg and the Cango Caves.
Over a long weekend I’ve captured the not-so-dry Klein Karoo, and the experiences it has to offer. It is filled with a sense of wanderlust and open roads, coupled with finely brewed alcohol, and the rejuvenation that comes with waking up under the Swartberg Mountains.
I have captured key moments along the trip that have made me take a step back and admire the unique beauty of the Western Cape. This is a documented adventure of a first time Garden Route traveller.