March 2015 South Africa travel blog

Panorama of Apple Growing Area - Pt 1

Pt 2

Pt 3

Fire raging in wheat growing area

Flame tree

View of one of the mountain passes

It's Monday, which means we've been travelling for a whole week now. Hard to believe we said goodbye to snow and cold 7 days ago! Today was a day of driving through the most beautiful but constantly changing landscape, from the lush and mountainous wine producing area, through a mountain pass into the apple growing area where we saw orchards of Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples being harvested. We haven't mentioned it, but we are at the end of the South African summer. Over another mountain pass and we were into the expansive wheat growing land which was in the bed of what had been an ancient inland sea. Wild fires are a real problem in South Africa. We saw them in Cape Town and, as you can see in the photo, there was a huge one raging in the wheat growing area. Tradouw Pass brought us into Little Karoo, where we had lunch at a fabulous restaurant run by Mr. Clark, a renowned chef from the Southern Sun hotel chain. Lunch consisted of lovely platters of meats and cheeses with an interesting version of potato salad, other salads, homemade ginger beer, and the most delicious lemon meringue pie. Then we shopped in a wonderful local jewelry shop recommended by our guide. Every piece was different and the artisan used a lot of local minerals, seeds, thorns and seashells. Peggy and Eileen found some very unique pieces. Queen Elizabeth stayed at the hotel where we are spending the night in Oudtshoorn. We hope to have rack of lamb for dinner. It is highly recommended. This area is famous for ostrich farming and the ostrich feather industry that peaked in Victorian times.

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