South Africa – Driving the Garden Route & Overnight at Rietfontein Ostrich Palace …

_MG_9954-1So after we left the SOUTHERN MOST TIP OF AFRICA … we headed back on ourselves a little bit to get to the main road that would take us to our overnight destination the Rietfontein Ostrich Palace near Oudtshoorn …

_MG_9723-1 _MG_9754-1 _MG_9758-1The first part of the drive was pretty similar to what we had experienced so far … the views were pretty and and scenery was nice to look at … I have to say I did start my knitting on this leg of the trip and cause we were in the car for so long I actually made some pretty good progress …

_MG_9792-1 _MG_9813-1 _MG_9822-1 _MG_9828-1Then we got to this turn off and headed up this other road that took us through some awesome twists and turns through a National Park … the views here were all mountains … valleys and pretty vegetation …

_MG_9831-1 _MG_9838-1 _MG_9849-1 _MG_9851-1We stopped at a couple places to take pictures … and stretch out legs …

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It was just really pretty and reminded me a lot of Canada …

_MG_9898-1 _MG_9906-1Once we got going again we joined up with Route 62 … this road pretty much runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth but we were joining it about halfway along the way … Route 62 is also referred to as the Garden Route or the Scenic Route … everything I had read about it said that it was a stunning drive … the views were amazing and it just can’t be missed so of course we worked it into our journey … we figured if we’re going to be doing a lot of driving we may as well be looking at something pretty while we’re doing it …

_MG_9928-1 _MG_9930-1 _MG_9936-1Honestly though I don’t think either of us were prepared for it … I mean we had thought the scenery so far was pretty amazing and stunning … but we were both pretty floored by how beautiful the Garden Route was … the pictures just don’t even do it justice one bit … and the weather was cooperating perfectly with blue skies and fluffy clouds …

_MG_9947-1 _MG_9954-1 _MG_0003-1Eventually we were getting closer to our destination which was a good thing as it was also starting to get dark quickly … so we pulled into the Rietfontein Ostrich Palace (ROP) … and were greeted at our car by the owners who showed us to our little cottage …

_MG_0006-1The ROP is a family owned Ostrich Farm that has been owned and worked by the same family since 1897 … it is also the oldest working Ostrich Farm in the Cape Colony …

_MG_0008-1They have a couple of small cottages on their grounds which they have turned into holiday accommodation and as it turned out we were the only guests staying that evening … we were staying in their Emma Cottage (see in photo above) … it was so pretty and thoughtfully decorated … its a simple two room suite … a bedroom and bathroom … it was quite chilly and I have to say I loved the electric blankets in the bed …

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Loved the roll top bath tub …

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There was even a bottle of local Port for us to try and fresh flowers are always pretty …

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We ended up having dinner at the farmhouse … and I have to say it was some of the best food we had on the trip … the Blue Cheese soup with Biltong was amazing and I’m not even a fan of blue cheese but I could have easily had a bucket of that soup … the main course was Ostrich Steak with a bunch of trimmings … the steak was so tender and delicious it just melt in your mouth … and the honey baked sweet potatoes were stunning … desert included a traditional South African Malva Pudding … which again was so yummy … the closest thing I can compare it to is a treacle pudding … and the whole meal was washed down with a lovely bottle of local red wine … unfortunately the pictures I took on my phone didn’t turn out so you are just going to have to take my word for it … or make sure you go to South Africa and visit the Rietfontein Ostrich Palace even if you only stay for dinner … it’d be worth it!

20140727_185924_LLS-1There are also two dogs that live on the farm … a 12 year old Labrador and a 6 month old Jack Russel … these two were so adorable … the Lab was just sleeping most of that evening …

20140727_200955_LLS-1While the Jack Russel was a little sneaker and managed to get into the dining room and kept us company a bit during dinner even though he knows he’s not allowed in there …

Anyway that is it for this post … stay tuned for the next post …

Till next time …

Mina X

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