NAMIBIA TO RSA – WEST COAST SCENIC ROUTE TO CAPE TOWN

Trip report and pictures of our trip in September 2011

We left a small town in the heart of Namibia, which I’ll cover at a later stage.  Our journey for the next two days was to take us to the border post at Sendelingsdrif, Namibia (over the Orange River on the Pontoon) and into South Africa where we proceeded down the West coast.  This route takes you through the diamond mine area and the Namaqua and Skilpad National Parks coastal section.

We’d planned to make a few days of it but due to us already having been on the road for a while and due to our blow up mattress deflating on the last night at Houthoop.  We decided to head on to Cape Town instead.  We will be back.

The route on the South African side is the closest one to the West Coast coastline as possible.  We were looking forward to doing some four wheel driving along the way and were hoping to see some spring flowers as it was the right time of year for that.

The coastline is breathtakingly beautiful with lots of interesting places that entice one to return one day for a longer period.

I hope you enjoy the pictures below. The time shown on the pictures will give you a good indication of the time taken for us to cover the area and distance travelled.  I’ve included pictures of the road, which could be boring for some, but it shows how the conditions change and what to expect from the various areas along the coast.

The mining town of Rosh Pinah is the closest town to the Sendelingsdrif Border post in Namibia.  It has all the necessary shops one would need to bulk up on your supplies.

I have broken our trip down into different stages and photo galleries from our trip down the coast.  Feel free to enlarge the individual gallery sections by clicking on any picture to enlarge it and then click on the side, to see the next slide.

The Gallery of pics below shows our route from Rosh Pinah, Namibia to the Sendelingsdrif Border Post and our trip over the Orange River by Pontoon to South Africa: 
In South Africa, starting at the Richtersveld National Park Office:

We signed in and paid our park entrance fees at the Richtersveld National Park Office.  We then proceeded to the South African Border Post to get our passports stamped and our car checked.

The remained of the pictures in the Gallery below show the route between the SA Border Post and Alexander Bay.

Alexander Bay:

The Diamond mining mecca.  The area that is still cordoned off to the public as their mining of Diamonds is huge.  It runs far down the coast, South of Alexander Bay in South Africa and very far Northwards in Namibia.   The landscape in places shows the after or during effects of mass mining that has gone on and is still going on around the area.

The road between Alexander Bay and Port Nolloth:
Port Nolloth:

It was fabulous to see the sea again, even though it looked extremely wintry and cold with the coastal fog that was everywhere along the coastline.  There wasn’t a soul in sight and the ablutions were locked up.

The road between Port Nolloth and into Kleinzee: 

We were required to show our ID books and to confirm our booking we had with an establishment within the secured off area.  We were on our way to spend the night in Houthoop.

Houthoop Guesthouse, B&B, Campsite and Restaurant:

It took us four hours to drive the route from the Border Post to Houthoop with only a few detours along the way.

Houthoop has a quaint feel about it with the abundant quirky, eye-catching signs and displayed items around and about the whole property.

The road between Houthoop and Hondeklipbaai with Garies Hek:
Hondeklipbaai:
Namaqua and Skilpad National Park – coastal section:
Groenrivier:
We stopped at an old shipwreck a short way down from Groenrivier, driving Southwards still towards Cape Town:
Worsie se Kamp area and the route thereafter, continuing Southwards towards Cape Town:
The abundant number of gates we passed through along the way, opening and closing each one slows down your pace a bit when you’re chasing the sun:

If you were to visit this area from Cape Town.  The directions for you to get to Gert Du Toit Se Baai which you can see in our pictures below, would be as follows:

You would take the N7 and turn left at Klawer, drive past Vredendal and Lutzville on the R363 tar road then past Koekenaap where you’ll arrive at the coast and find Gert Du Toit Se Baai. This bay is 30km North of the Olifants River as the crow flies or 58km by road from the Olifants River mouth. The bay is also 5.6km North West from the start of the West Coast Four Wheel Drive Route.

The last pictures before leaving the coast and making our way back to tar roads and the N7 so we could cruise on down to Cape Town:

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