Guys I’ve seriously been the most boring lately (well, except for that sneaky little getaway two weekend’s ago. But more on that soon). Don’t get me wrong, working life is cool and all – salary, independence, meeting cool peeps, stretching my creativity, salary blah blah blah. But, lezbehonest it doesn’t leave thaaat much time for adventure.
All things considered, can you blame me for being jelly that my parents buggered off on a road trip without me? So much so that I’ve effectively hijacked their adventure for the purposes of this post.
For the last I-don’t-really-know-how-many-but-whatever-it’s-a-lot years, we’ve gone on family expeditions during the June/July school/uni break TOGETHER. These have taken us round a bit of Southern Africa, to National Parks like the Kruger, Kgalagadi and Addo, to unreal natural landmarks like the Blyde River Canyon and tiny but interesting towns including Colesburg, Citrusdal and Solitaire. We’ve braai’d under the stars in Namibia with jackals for company, camped at Augrabie Falls, climbed Dune 45 (and Dune 7!), faced down a herd of buffalo during a safari and changed tyres on isolated dirt roads. We even did a cheeky little international trip to Israel and Jordan. The key word here being “we”.
But, this year my parents did the thing. They went without us.
A 10-day trip took them from Cape Town to the Karoo National Park, Graaff-Reinet, Mountain Zebra National Park and Hogsback, and then back home along the Garden Route via our other home Plettenberg Bay. The Great Karoo to Coast Road Trip if you will.
So, if you were ever thinking of doing such a trip, here are some highlights – told by my parents in photos and quotes gathered from their WhatsApp messages.
As I was writing this my mom was busy looking over my shoulder and chirping, “Did you not include that awful 10 hour drive we had through Alice? And what about how sore my bum got from all the driving!” Well, there you have it. If you have any more questions about their trip, pop a comment below and I’ll pass it on to the two intrepid travellers. My mom’s a Trip Advisor review worth of info at this point.
Hope you enjoyed this post!