Throwback: The Garden Route

This is a throwback post in anticipation of my first trip to the Garden Route, where we are spending the Christmas / summer holidays with family at the time of posting.

We went to Pinnacle Point in the Western Cape for a weekend of golf and sun. It was only a day of golf as it was quite windy, which is typical of the Cape. Fortunately, it was not wet.

Pinnacle Point is a beautiful golf resort in Mossel Bay (Mosselbaai in Afrikaans), less than 400km, about 4 hours away by car, from Cape Town. The closest airport is George, which is only about 30 minutes away, less than 50km distance. Since it was only for a long weekend, there was no way we would drive for about 12 hours over 1,200km from Fourways (Johannesburg) so we flew.

If driving, as we did a couple of days ago, a stop is necessary. Even with at least 2 drivers, I don’t recommend driving straight through as that would mean leaving at dawn and still arriving at night since there are compulsory toilet stops as well as to stretch and of course to eat. The road is pretty good though although I think road works are quite a standard thing so be prepared for that, too.

We flew Kulula and golf bag was a free carry-on. With a 2-year old in tow, we were also allowed extra bags for her. We did not take a stroller as hubby isn’t fond of dragging along with us what he calls unnecessary extra. The little princess needed to either walk or be carried by her daddy.

Pinnacle Point

I had booked using my Golf Resorts Club points for Pinnacle Point, a beautiful golf resort in the Cape.

Cars do not drive around the resort. We had to park the cars in the garage and we had the golf cart to use not only while playing but also for running around.

Here are some pictures at the clubhouse as well as of the view from there.

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As per my usual, my golf gate isn’t something I can proudly write about so I leave that out. Haha! But, I am happy to share with you the photos we took during our golf round.

And, I actually have photos of our lovely unit. As I have said before about Golf Resorts Club (GRC), it is a really great way to experience high-end golf resorts for reasonable cost. GRC’s units are definitely better than those of “normal” clubs.

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Here was our view from our unit.

Mossel Bay doesn’t only have Pinnacle Point. Despite it being a small town, it has quite a lot to offer. What we got to see and/or experience isn’t everything, I am sure.

Hartenbos

A popular holiday destination is Hartenbos. We only walked around there. This was during off-peak so it was very quiet. Around Christmas / summer holidays, the place is (meant to be) buzzing, with its caravan park teeming with holiday-makers.

I think my little princess was fascinated with the beach.

We had to pose, of course. πŸ™‚

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Victoria Bay

Leaving Mossel Bay, we had a bit of time to kill in and around George. We didn’t feel the sand and water but we walked around the area, which my little princess seemingly enjoyed.

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Kaaimans River

We also went to see the Kaaimans River Bridge.

Wilderness

Further on, heading towards Knysna, is Wilderness. We only went to the beach, just to feel some sand as we didn’t have time for anything else.

George might not be a big city and it isn’t really the main destination but this is our point of reference and flights land here.

The destination is magnificent Garden Route, where George (not Clooney) is, and the Garden Route, Western Cape is simply charming and delightful.

Proof is that we are back here right now and experiencing much more.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Throwback: The Garden Route

    1. I’m waiting for you two 😊
      The buzz is in summer. It is very quiet in winter. The Cape tends to be colder than the highveld, Johannesburg and surround, and the rest of the country, I suppose. And if you want to swim, summer is best. But it’s less reasonable, cost-wise… but you get to see the locals holiday πŸ˜„

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