SA Road Trip 2016

We arrived in Mossel Bay at around 6pm and found our hotel with ease.  The Ocean Hotel were having a winter special and were we in for a surprise, what a room, they were even going to organise us a shuttle to one of the restaurants in town but we opted to have dinner in house.


What a fabulous meal we had too, their restaurant was great even though it was just the two of us; it gave us a great opportunity to take pics of the restaurant without us disturbing other patrons.


Besides our stay over at the Cathedral Peak Hotel, this must have been the second best stay over. After a great nights rest, it was an early breakfast, check out and off to explore Mossel Bay before our last stretch home.


Mossel Bay – Although it is today best known as the place at which the first Europeans landed on South African soil (Bartolomeu Dias and his crew arrived on 3 February 1488), Mossel Bay’s human history can – as local archaeological deposits have revealed – be traced back more than 164,000 years.

The modern history of Mossel Bay began on 3 February 1488, when the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed with his men at a point close to the site of the modern-day Dias Museum Complex.[2] Here they found a spring from which to replenish their water supplies. Dias had been appointed to search for a trading route to India by King John II of Portugal, and, without realising it, actually rounded the Cape of Good Hope before landing at Mossel Bay – which he named Angra dos Vaqueiros (The Bay of Cowherds). Dias is also credited with having given the Cape the name Cabo das Tormentas (the ‘Cape of Storms’), although King John II later changed this to Cabo da Boa Esperança (the Cape of Good Hope


A cold front had moved in so it was overcast and rainy and I always find this adds something to pics taken




After exploring as much as we could of Mossel Bay, we were off and homeward bound, with one or two stops along the way to take a pic or two as were now in the yellow Canola patchwork fields of Swellendam.


Let’s not forget going past a town called Riviersonderend  – always wondered how river could be called a River Without End, that either means it never ended anywhere, because as we know a river either ends in a lake, dam or the sea , so it just recycled itself, and carried on flowing. This is the explanation found on Wikipedia.

Riviersonderend is a small farming village with a peaceful rural atmosphere, situated on the main Garden Route between Cape Town and Mossel Bay on the N2 – 160 km from Cape Town, and is surrounded with farms. The town offers the tranquility of beautiful mountain and river scenery, a nine hole golf course and a host of other activities. The town is also only an hour away from several beaches.

There is uncertainty about the origin of the name Riviersonderend.

Willem ten Rhyne, who visited the cape in 1673, referred to the river, with its source in the mountains, as the “sine fine flumen” (“river without end”).

In 1707 Jan Hatogh, a horticulturist employed by the Dutch East India Company and a seasoned traveller, referred to the river as the “Kanna-kan-kann”. This word was possibly derived from the Hessequa word “Kamma-kan Kamma” which, roughly translated, means “water, endless water”. The Hessequa were a local tribe of herdsmen.

We arrived home tired but in one piece with lots of tales to tell, this trip was one of the most interesting trips I have been on.

Thanks to David for asking me to go with him. Very much appreciated.