On the Road
The direct route between McGregor and Hermanus is only 145 kms. We did more than double that, backtracking to Swellendam (encountering a police check on the outskirts) then detouring to Cape Agulhas via Bredesdorp. Somewhere near Napier we clocked 3000 kms. Pockets of green hills and iconic Cape Dutch architecture sign that we're leaving the desert and approaching the last Big City at the bottom of the African continent.
End of the Road
Now we really have reached the end of the road and the edge of the world. The southernmost tip of Africa is an unexpectedly docile affair. It's notorious for the wild, stormy meeting of the mighty oceans, but today you'd never know it. Just a soft breeze cooling a sunshiney day. Not sure whether to be relived or disappointed. A bucket list tick.
Overnighted at: Onrus Caravan Park
Located: Near Hermanus.
How we found it: Signposted on the road.
Road Access: Tar-sealed and good. This is almost the 'burbs.
Amenities: Extensive municipal park with a choice of sand and grassy sites, spacious and shady. Impressive large, clean ablutions with security key, entire park fenced, South Africa style.
Cost: NZD28 / ZAR280 for two adults
A good enough one. Enough space for privacy, enough fellow campers scattered around to feel safe and enough sand to know that we're at beach. We slept well.
Soundtrack: Sound of the surf breaking on rocks, very distant campers ya-hooing, groups of workmen starting campground maintenance at 9.00 am.
Highlight: The freedom of being in a big cage, ie. sleeping easy.
Lowlight: The limitations of being in a big cage, ie. looking at the sunset from behind razor wire fencing, unable to walk on the beach and immerse yourself in it.