If you are travelling from Cape Town to Thuru Lodge, why not take a self-drive adventure into the landscapes of the Western and Northern Cape?

There are many sub-routes and a choice of scenic stops with tasty delights. This route is ideal for those who have a bit of time on their hands, or simply just like the open road.

From Cape Town, your route starts on the N7 through Blouberg Beach, heading towards Malmesbury and from there to Piketberg.

SUPER PITSTOPS ON THE N7

  • Desert Rose – If your reach the Koringberg turn-off between Moorreesburg and Piketberg, this is a  farm stall with a  touch of Vintage.
  • Kardoesie Farm stall – Offer anything from traditional home cooked meals to light, contemporary snacks.
  • De Tol – Right on the top of Piekenierskloof pass, is De Tol, housed in the 166-year- old toll house. This charming farm stall has citrus, freshly baked farm bread, dried fruit, jars of jam and blatjang, Hertzoggies, koeksisters, rusks, soetkoekies (biscuits), you name it.

 After Citrusdal, you enter the Southern section of the famous Cape Flower Route,  within the Olifants River Valley. Following good rains, Klawer is one of many little towns in the area which are all renowned for the extravagance of their wild flowers in August and September.

Vanrhynsdorp is home to a succulent nursery that is the largest of its kind in the world, known as the Kokerboom Nursery. The plants can be purchased, for quiver tree and succulent enthusiasts. From here your drive on the N27 into the Northern Cape via Vanrhyn’s Pass.

Niewoudtville, situated in the Bokkeveld Plateau, is where the Cape Fynbos meets the Hantam Karoo.  It is a place where the experience of silence, space and stars contribute to a tranquil way of life. Visit www.nieuwoudtville.com to see the attractions.

On the right, as you enter Calvinia, you will see the huge red Calvina Post Box, the most photographed attraction. For a bite to eat, stop at the Hantam Huis Restaurant, which is situated in a building the dates back to 1854. The Calvinia museum aptly illustrates the history of sheep farming in South Africa.

From here on the road is long, with wide open spaces to Brandvlei and then Kenhardt. You can take the R383 gravel road from Kenhardt directly to Thuru Lodge (about 91 km) or you can continue to drive on the N27 to Keimoes and Upington.

This self-drive route is approximately 799 km, and you might want to make it a 2 -day trip. It’s  ideal for those who have a bit of time on their hands and for those who enjoy vast landscapes.

Source: www.countrylife.co.za/travel/3-super-pitstops-n7

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