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Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

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Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

I am heading a party of 6 adults in a people carrier travelling the garden route from Hout Bay Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in November.

1. I would like to drive through great scenery from Hout Bay to Hermanus where we are staying for a couple of nights could anyone recommend a good route either the coast or inland please.

2. We are leaving Hermanus and driving to Plett Bay in a day could anyone recommend a great route to take please for maximum enjoyment. Also a great place to stop for lunch thanks

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1. Re: Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

Realistically the N2 is the best way to get all the way to Plett! There are some pretty parts of this route pre Mossel Bay, but the best part of the journey is from there to Plett. In terms of a lunch spot, I would only stop in Knysna which is only 30 mins from Plett but their Waterfront area is lovely. Lots of great restaurants!

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1. From Hout B select the N2 till just past Somerset West where you turn off to Gordon's Bay . From here take the R44 (Clarens drive) along the coast. This is a spectacular drive along a shoreline of cliff-girded coves, river mouths and wide sandy embayments that pass pretty bays and estuaries and residential villages. The beautifull mountains and area are known as the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a registered UNESCO area having a stunning diversity of flowering plants of the fynbos(fine bush) variety. En route at Betty's Bay you can stop at the Harold Porter National Botanic Garden which contains a wealth both coastal and mountain fynbos. Also at Betty's you can pop in at the penguin colony at Stoney Point. After Betty's you reach the town of Kleinmond where you could break for lunch at their little waterfront in Harbour road. Then after that it is a short 30 odd km to Hermanus.

2. From Hermanus I would drive to Swellendam. Start early. Swellendam was the third magisterial district in the Cape after Cape Town And Stellenbosch. It has a museum complex based around the old Drostdy and old Goal. You could stop here for early morning tea. After Swellendam follow the N2 for 15 km then turn left onto the road for Barrydale. This road will firstly take you through a beautiful pass, the Tradouw pass built by one of South Africa's pioneer road builder, Thomas Bain. He was responsible for some 23 passes in the 19th century which opened the interior down to the Garden route. At Barrydale there are several coffee/lunch eateries . From here follow the R 62 to Oudtshoorn.. You will see folded mountain sides and pass lovely country towns such as Ladismith and Caltzdorp. Known for its excellent port. You can visit the Cango caves and ostrich show farms in Oudtshoorn. Then drive via the Outeniqua pass to George and on to Plet. This road it much more interesting than the direct N2.

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3. Re: Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

Willem has said it all.. anyone following his directions would see all of the interesting scenery between Cape Town and Plett. I am only writing this to strongly endorse the drive from Swellendam to Barrydale - through the amazing Tradouw Pass. Anyone with enough time in his schedule to include this spectacular bit of highway -should do so. If you 'Google' images of it, you will see what I mean.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1116&bih=748&q=tradouw+pass&oq=tradouw&gs_l=img.1.0.0j0i24l9.2319.4760.0.7093.7.7.0.0.0.0.96.635.7.7.0....0...1ac.1.45.img..0.7.622.2acrBICt04k

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4. Re: Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

The easiest way to get going out of Hout Bay will be to go via Muizenberg. In other words you may want to go accross Chapmans Peak - Ou Kaapse weg - muizenberg - coastline to the N2.

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thank you for your help pattie

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6. Re: Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

thank you for that how long do you think if we did this route would it take for us to drive from Hermanus with an early start to plett visiting Outshourn?

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thank you pattie

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thank you pattie

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9. Re: Travelling in November from Hout Bay to Hermanus

On the route suggested (Hermanus - Swellendam - Ladismith - Calitzdorp - Oudtshoorn - George - Plettenberg) you are looking at driving just over 500 km. This is about a 7 hour drive.

On the other hand, you could just drive straight down the N2 from Hermanus to Plettenberg. This route is just under 450 km and would take you about 5 and a half hours.

Personally speaking, I would rather spend the extra time on the first route. The scenery is more spectacular, the towns and villages more interesting and you get to drive through two great South African passes (Tradouw Pass between Swellendam and Barrydale and Outeniqua Pass between Oudtshoorn and George). Barrydale is a good place to stop for lunch. There are some very good cafes/restaurants there.

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