April 24, 2016
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We got up quite early, got ready, and packed up. We were out the door by 9 AM. We headed out from Fish Hoek and drove up the peninsula. Once we got to Muizenberg, we got on N2. Although we stayed primarily on N2 the rest of our trip, we took a detour off N2 to do Clarence Drive (R44). It’s another scenic drive. The views were, again, spectacular!
We took R44 to Betty’s Bay, which is another penguin colony. We viewed the penguins there in their natural habitat. There were more penguins here than at Boulders Beach.
We then headed back on R44 to N2. From Botrivier to Caledon, the views are drastically different than what we had seen thus far. There are smaller rolling hills, with huge mountains in the distance. We stopped at a farm/store/restaurant called Dassiesfontein for lunch. The place had pretty much everything imaginable for sale- from furniture to clothes to wood stoves to kitchen supplies to food. It was pretty impressive! We had some meat pies for lunch. I had chicken pie, and it was delicious! We ate in the car, facing the amazingly gorgeous valley.
We then continued on N2, taking a short stop at Swellendam. We just drove through the town, viewing the traditional Dutch architecture (white plaster walls and thatched roofs). After a pretty quick drive through (it was Sunday, so not much was open), we got back on N2 and continued to drive.
We drove until Mossel Bay. The views were beautiful here! We walked along the bay and beach. There were a bunch of people surfing. We had dinner right next to the beach at Delfinos Restaurant. The food was good.
From there, we headed to our host’s house in Klein Brak River, just outside of Mossel Bay. Instead of a separate apartment, this time we stayed right in someone’s home. We had two bedrooms and two bathrooms to ourselves, but shared the rest of the house. We visited with our hosts Jeannette and Hans for about two hours before heading to bed. Jeannette and Hans were very nice and the house was nice, but they have a LOT of cats, which I’m not used to.