So we wanted to get a bit off the beaten track and have an adventure in the little-known Elgin Valley.
So we wanted to get a bit off the beaten track and have an adventure in the little-known Elgin Valley. After a slight hitch where we nearly ran out of petrol, we actually managed to get onto the "beatenĒ track! You really donít want to run out of petrol in this very scenic but extremely remote part of the world.
We started our adventure by driving out of Gordonís Bay and over the majestic Sir Lowryís Pass through the Hottentots Holland Mountains Ė wow, what a view of False Bay and Table Mountain from the top! After managing to pass the luscious Peregrine Farm Stall on the N2 without stopping we took the Valley Road on the right. Thatís when we had our personal petrol crisis and had to turn back. However, we had already noticed what wonderful scenery was awaiting us and we resolved to start again once fuelled up.
Unfortunately, the Peregrine Farm Stall loomed large on the second pass and we just had to stop and buy some fabulous freshly baked bread and a big bag of crisp rosy apples (not to mention the home made gooseberry jam). If you really want to spoil yourself, donít miss their lemon meringue pie. I never knew that meringue could rise to such heights.
So, car and passengers a little fortified, we decided to try the Viljoenskroon road as legend had it that this road would take us through the endless apple and pear growing country of the valley almost to Hermanus. We werenít disappointed by the scenery, with its picturebook field upon field of fruit trees heavy with almost-ripe delights, its vineyards and flowers. Down you drive into the valley passing through a forested area and popping up at the crest to the sight of the Steenbras mountains on your right. A long stretch of dirt road makes the journey rather bumpy but well worth a little teeth-rattling.
Our route brought us out at the R44 close to Arabella Estate so we decided to turn right and head back towards Gordonís Bay via Kleinmond and the breathtaking Clarence Drive which runs along the coastline from Bettyís Bay. Kleinmond is a sleepy little town which seems to be mainly inhabited by holidaymakers. Drive in at the first entrance on the left and you will pass a super lagoon and pristine beach. Continue along Beach Road and you might be lucky like us and spot a Cape mongoose and some very hungry daisies.
This guy was so engrossed in his grazing that he was oblivious to the clicking camera. He eventually did head off and, much to my amazement, was a pretty athletic specimen. After a while you reach the harbour of Kleinmond and here you can spend a very pleasant couple of hours browsing through the gift shops and galleries. Thereís also a good selection of restaurants where you can sit outdoors and enjoy a few fruits of the sea.
I think Iíll leave the route from Kleinmond to Gordonís Bay for another post. Itís one of the most beautiful drives in the Western Cape and it deserves a blog all to itself.
Date: 21 Feb 2011
Tags : Elgin Valley, Gordon's Bay, Gordon's Bay accommodation, Gordon's Bay guest houses, Kleinmond