Bloemfontein (Free State Province) to Vosburg (Northern Cape Province) → 455km (282 miles)
Welcome to our road trip of December 2021. We are travelling by car across South Africa (from the west coast → north coast → KZN south coast → back to the west coast). The distance we will cover, will be around 5,000km (3,106 miles).
Our main purpose for this trip, besides seeing places we have not seen before, is for Berto to scuba dive in Sodwana Bay and then to be a little more adventurous … diving with sharks in the ocean in Umkomaas on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. We hope to share lots of pictures to show you our beautiful country.
Accommodation – Day 20:
Elvee “LUSH” Accommodation, Vosburg
After our visit to the War Museum of the Boer Republics (you can read about it here), we left Bloemfontein at around 11:30 to drive to our last overnight stop of this trip … has it been three weeks ago that we embarked on this road trip? Well, now it’s time to head back to our beloved West Coast.
Since we are not travelling too far today, we decided to once again take some of the back roads to avoid the busy highways due to the start of the summer holiday.
But yes … of course, backroads are synonym with … potholes! We were now probably on the worst of all the pothole roads we have endured on this road trip! At the very small town of Luckhoff where we filled our car with petrol again, we asked the petrol attendant about the condition of the road. His answer: “Sir, you will have to try and stay on the side of the road, there it’s much better to drive”.
On our route, we came to the mighty Orange River, the longest river in Southern Africa with a total length of 2,432km. Because I lived as a child in Alexander Bay on the West Coast where this river is flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, I’m always excited to see the Orange River.
When we crossed the bridge, the road improved immediately. Oh, the wonderful feeling of driving on a tarred road without looking out for potholes!
What we did not anticipate, was a gravel road from Kraankuil to Strydenburg. But it was a great road to drive – between farms with green fields as far as the eyes could see.
And then we entered the Northern Cape Province. Somewhere between Britstown and Vosburg we stopped for a brief moment to stretch our legs and just to appreciate our surroundings. After the recent rainfall, the fields are luscious and green.
Elvee “LUSH” Accommodation, Vosburg:
At around 17:00 we arrived in the quaint town of Vosburg. We saw this town for the first time when we filled our car’s petrol tank at the start of our road trip … and just fall in love with this place! It was therefore a no brainer to decide where we would want to sleep on our last night!
We were welcomed like family by Lucius, the owner of Elvee. He showed us around and took us to our room … to say that we were totally blown away, is putting it mildly!
The decorations in the garden is simply amazing. It’s rustic, but yet so beautiful. There is literally something to look at around every little corner.
When we booked our room at Elvee, Lucius phoned us to ask whether he can prepare dinner for us. We gratefully accepted the offer – there is nothing so nice to just sit down for a plate of cooked food after a long day on the road. That is what we call “Karoo hospitality at its best”!
We met other travelers here as well and it was great to eat together while having great conversations. It was with great satisfaction that we went to our room (of course, after using the outside shower – a great way to cool off after a hot day on the road).
The next morning, we enjoyed coffee and rusks outside our room and took one last stroll through the garden, before we packed up to leave.
Whenever the opportunity comes again, we will not hesitate to sleep over here at Elvee again. Oh, did I mention there is a beauty spa on the premises … we will definitely have to come back!
But now, it’s time to drive the last 660km (410 miles) back home. What an amazing road trip we had! We discovered beautiful places in our country that we have not seen before, Berto enjoyed super dives in Sodwana and even more thrilling dives with sharks in Umkomaas. We have met so many wonderful people … what an unforgettable trip!
Thank you to our blogging friends for travelling with us, as well as all your lovely comments on this journey. We will see you guys again somewhere on our next adventures.