We began the day with a hearty breakfast at the Taj again, along with having a special check in for 'Taj Kids' the also offer them there own breakfast menu including items such as eggs and soldiers, french toast, chocolate doughnuts and milkshakes. Bubs was a bit too young to make the most of this so I helped him out sample a few of the delights.
In England we do not actually drive very long distances since most of our family and friends live close by therefore doing an all day drive with Bubs was very new territory for us. I did plan ahead and set the car up with a backseat organiser containing toys, sticker books, music and story CDs and as a last resort the iPad was fully loaded with some of his favourite programmers. I also made sure we had car sunscreen shades, lots of water and snacks. Mr S had also done his part by planning the drive to ensure we had plenty of stops to let us stretch our legs and give Bubs a chance to let off some steam. In the whole time we were away I think I drove for around 10 minutes so Mr S definitely wins a prize for the number of miles he covered.
All the roads we drove along were in great condition, without much traffic once we had left Cape Town, all the drivers also stuck to the speed limits of around 100-120 kph. Mr S quickly picked up the road etiquette to pull over to the left to allow other cars to overtake and flash to acknowledge. Also along the route are several stops to pull into with permanent picnic tables setup, useful if you have to make a sudden stop to get something out of the boot for example.
Our planned route along the N2:
- 9am: Cape Town to Sir Lowry Pass
- 10.15am: Sir Lowry Pass to Swelldenham
- 2.00pm: Swelldenham to Mossel Bay
- 5.00pm: Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay
After fuelling up and chasing bubbles around the park we sent off for the second leg to our journey onto Mossel Bay, we had a pitstop at a small beachside coffee shop, whilst Aaran enjoyed a run collecting shells on the beach. Throughout our time in South Africa one thing that really stood out was how friendly the people were, even our coffee shop ended with a twenty minute conversation before we hit the road for our final stretch onto Plettenberg Bay.
After doing some research on places to stay along the garden route I soon learned that there are not many large hotels, more so smaller resorts and b&bs so for our first stop off I booked the Formosa Bay resort, which had a great location just off the N2.
After a quick unpacking of the car and freshening up we made our way into central Plett along the coast for dinner at the Fat Fish.
|Build your own carbonara|
|Hake and Calamari|
After a long drive we were all more than ready for bed, unfortunately soon after we hit the sack Bubs decided to vomit up, luckily this was mainly on the tiled floor so was easy to clean up.
Day Five - Plettenberg Bay and Elephant Sanctuary
Bubs had three more vomitting incidents in the early hours of the morning so we had a very early start and after calling a local 24 hour clinic were informed the best thing to do would be to visit the local GP at 8am. Although this was not something I would have planned for during our holiday it was still interesting to see the other side to a holiday village with the local people going about their normal daily business.
The GP saw us straight away and was great in diagnosing his symptoms, another upper repository infection and prescribing an anti-sickness medicine, antibiotics and steroids. Thankfully as soon as he took the anitsickness he was much more himself and we went for a quick breakfast at the attached Le Journal En Route Bakery within the resort. Bubs then knocked out for a long four hour nap which gave me a chance to wash all the clothes from the morning and night at the onsite laundry, I felt a bit like I was back at university making sure I had enough change for the machines, but it was great to know the clothes would be clean rather than still soiled when we returned back home.
|Cheese Croissant and Coffee for me|
Later that afternoon we headed down to the Keurboomstrand Beach area where Bubs had lots of fun pouring buckets of sand over himself before we headed to Enrico's for a delicious pizza dinner. As the sunset in the distance around twenty dolphins appeared in the water, making for great evening entertainment.
Day Six - Tsitsikamma National Park
For breakfast we started the day early at Thyme and Again, a farm shop along the N2, breakfast was delicious and the shop was filled with lots of goodies, perfect to grab a picnic from. Also have a large childrens play area attached which we found it hard to drag Bubs away from when it was time to leave.
|Bubs Baby Chino|
|Bubs Scramled Eggs|
For lunch we stopped at the Bramon Wine estate, all the hiking and worn out Bubs and he had a lovely long sleep on a custom made bed on one of the large dining tables out of lots of blankets. This gave us the chance to enjoy a delicious bottle of wine, lots of bread served with sea salt and butter and probably nearly every one of the tapas items available on the menu. The tables are set in between the actual vineyards, the food and service was amazing and we throughly enjoyed our leisurely late lunch.
The stunning drive home, where we had a early night and packed up before hitting the road again tomorrow onto Oudtshoorn
Part IV - Hout Bay
Part III - Driving the Garden Route - Oudtshoorn
Part I - Cape Town