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The Forgotten Western Cape

21st September 16

Jacqui 'Jax' Cooks

The forgotten Western Cape, is the region most people often overlook when they think of the Western Cape in Southern Africa.
This article was originally written by Jacqui Cooks - theJaxBlog
 
If I say Western Cape, immediately one’s mind wanders off to the beaches of Camps Bay, the vibrant city of Cape Town or any one of the fabulous vineyards in the Stellenbosch region, am I right?
 
The Western Cape, in fact, extends all the way up the coast to Mossel Bay. A small seaside town which I grew up in and recently had the privilege to revisit thanks to Visit Mossel Bay Tourism.
 
It is roughly located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.



Long before the Jan Van Riebeek set foot in the Cape in 1652, the Portuguese founded Southern Africa. I can safely say that this city is one of the most significant places because this is where our ancestors originated.
 
Just outside the museum is another great piece of South african history, the first post office
 
In 1501 Pedro D’taida left a letter in a sailor’s boot up in a tree by the fountain, warning Calicut had been taken by the Borneans so the Portuguese were no longer safe. From then onwards mail was regularly left in a shoe or pot under the tree.



The Garden Route Game Lodge is where we lunched and took in a game drive. If you are lucky, you may just spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’ (Lion, Cheetah, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo).  



Too tired to drive further for the rest of the day? No problem, the game lodge also has several chalets fully equipped with the comfort of home for a stayover.


The Chalets at Garden Route Game Lodge
 
We did not stop here for the night but pressed on to Mossel Bay and the Strand Diaz Hotel is where I laid my head for the next few nights.



Should you tire of the sea, as if, there are many historical monuments to discover such as The Janine Iron and Washing Museum.



The original farm Manor House from the 1800s has been renovated with 4 air-conditioned rooms, a spacious lounge and pool (children over age 6 are welcome).



Lavishly fitted out with all the modern amenities you would find in the city including deep oval baths, outdoor showers, telephones, mini bars, air-conditioners, heated towel rails, private deck with a personal splash pool even electric blankets and hairdryers. The only this this romantic, colonial luxurious tent does not have is a television set. With views like these and so many activities ranging from game drives, elephant back safaris, horse safaris to fantastic spa treatments, who needs a television?
 


Delicious Fynbos (another plant indigenous to South Africa) tea tasting was had as well as a good old traditional South African lunch at Transkaroo.

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