Our family took a two-day trip to the Baviaanskloof this week. The Baviaanskloof is a narrow valley, just less than 200 kilometres in length, bounded by two mountain ranges: the Baviaanskloof Mountains on the north and the Kouga mountains on the south side. Because of the spectacular diversity of plant species, an impressive variety of birds can be found in the valley.
On our first day we travelled through Patensie and the Baviaans to Zandvlakte farm. The road is really well maintained but I will definitely advise that you have a bakkie or 4×4 vehicle as it can be bumpy and now and then you have to drive through large water pools.
We slept over on Zandvlakte farm which is a working farm which offers bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation and travellers can also do some horse riding, bird watching and go for a walk on one of the walking trails.
On the second day we drove from Zandvlakte through Willowmore, Steytlerville and Wolwefontein to our hometown, Uitenhage.
In Willowmore we stopped at ‘Sophie’s Choice Antiques and Coffee Shop’ for lunch which is a restaurant and antique shop in one. From the minute you walk in you are transferred to the Victorian era. From the décor, tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, chandeliers all contribute to the atmosphere especially Frank Sinatra filling the air with his songs.
I ordered some Rooibos tea and was delighted to see that it was served in Victorian silver and a beautiful cup and saucer.
Me and my mom ordered delicious lasagne with vegetables and a cheese sauce. My sister ordered a plate of ‘boere kos’ (traditional South African home cooked meal which consists of lamb meat, rice, potatoes and vegetables) and my dad ordered fish with vegetables.
We then travelled to Steytlerville which is a small Karoo town and is well known for its hospitality, traditional food and a laid-back atmosphere. It has many interesting architectural showpieces – there are Victorian and Edwardian houses, many of which have been well preserved. In the main street the town you will find about 60 flags which represent the surnames of the families that live in the town as well as the family crests.
We drove through Wolwefontein which is basically a train station with a small community on our way home to Uitenhage. The trip was just the perfect break from everyday life and you really get a chance to relax.