In October last year (2022), my friends and I started planning an end of year roadtrip. The plan was to leave just after Christmas and see in the new year from a lekker location somewhere and then head back home.
Also, only the guys were doing all the planning for this trip, as a result, the women were just coming along for the ride (and stopping us from going hungry). Oh, and looking after the kids. Basically, the guys were just planning where we would be driving and stopping and sleeping, and setting up the tents, and then the other necessities of a camping road trip would just somehow fall into place naturally…
Another note about this trip: the purpose was to drive over as many mountain passes as we could… and there are A LOT of mountain passes in the Western Cape, let alone South Africa.
Over the course of the next few months of planning, we decided on the following route details:
80% of our trip was going to be on gravel roads, and we weren’t entirely sure how good the conditions were going to be for the majority of the route. For instance, in November and December there were some crazy rain storms that caused flooding and damaged many roads in the areas that were going to be going through.
Below is a list of passes we were going to attempt to complete: 45 mountain passes in total.
As our departure day neared, we made sure that we had all the necessary items needed for a week long road trip with us:
and then a whole bunch of other stuff that completely filled the back of the bakkie and the backseat of the car (!) such as our exercise equipment which seemed like a good idea before we left but the only time it ever got touched was when I had to move it out the way because it was blocking access to the chips and beer in the cooler.
Keep an eye out for a day-by-day breakdown of the trip as well as my favourite images that we took.
Thanks for reading!