Day 7 of 16 Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Leaving Knysna after our rest day
There’s an excited buzz this morning as we prepare to get back on our bikes after yesterday’s rest day. You realise just how much you miss being on the open roads when you don’t ride for a day. Eager for today’s 467km-ride, we all choose which preferred route to take – the busier roads of the main highway, or the quieter smooth, sweeping asphalt roads. The choice is yours!
Our day today is packed with adventure and some spectacular sights along the way. Depending on what routes we all decide to take, there’s a chance for some good off-roading through Baviaanskloof National Park or, for those wanting to take the smaller roads, we’ll turn onto the famous Scenic Cape Route 62 .
Staggering views of the Prince Albert Pass
We’re off! Blasting along the roads again begins to feel reassuringly familiar as we set off for the staggering views of the Prince Albert Pass, which at 68km in length is the longest mountain pass in South Africa. Over 150 years old, it took an astonishing 7 years to build at the grand figure of £11,000! The challenging windy roads are a real test of you and your BMW’s endurance power and give you a real rush as you weave close to the mountain’s big drop offs. If you’ve a fear of heights, don’t look down! We’re with you all the way.
The Scenic Cape Route 62 through Baviaanskloof
After our epic ride over the pass we reach Avontuur and decide which roads we prefer to take, either the Scenic Cape Route 62 for the smaller, narrower roads or through Baviaanskloof National Park for some truly great off-roading. For those winding up and down the twisting paths of the National Park, we hope you don’t mind getting a bit wet as we cross many small streams peppered with rounded pebbles and stones. If necessary, we may even have to wade through!
Colonial style hotel built as an Edwardian Inn
Our home for tonight is an old, Colonial style hotel built as an Edwardian Inn, which oozes charisma and is full of character. Watch out for the extremely excitable guard-dog who’s waiting to greet us on our arrival! With views overlooking both the remarkable mountains and lush valleys of the Greater Addo National Elephant Park, this welcoming Inn’s homely atmosphere gives off the warmth and comfort reminiscent of a cosy Granny’s house! Complimenting the charismatic charm of this old English Style Inn is a delightful, traditional country cuisine – cooked to perfection!
Relax time in front of a roaring log fire
After a satisfying dinner, we relax on the sofas in front of a roaring log fire, enjoying conversation and cuddles with the Inn’s friendly dog. Tomorrow morning’s early safari to see the Elephants at Addo’s National Park is first on our agenda, so we retire for an early rise.
Grounds of our old “English Inn”
Old world library & bar
Ferocious guard dog – Really!!
Our private safari truck!
I’m as intrigued as you are!
Can you spot us?