Thoughtless Thursday- South Africa: Southernmost region

If you’ve missed part 1 and part 2 make sure to go check those out!  When I left off last week we were just leaving the city of Knysna.  From there we made our way to a place called De Hoop which is one of my favorite places.  Yes, I think I have said this in every South Africa post, but really they are all so amazing that it’s hard to pick a favorite.  De Hoop is a really beautiful nature reserve that has several kinds of animals roaming around and the most amazing sand dunes you’ll ever see.  Normally you run really fast and jump off the dunes, but due to the rain coming through the sand was wet and made the sand too hart.  From there we headed over to Bredasdorp where Colin’s aunt and uncle live, stopped by to say hey, then drove 30 more minutes to Struisbaai where Colin grew up and where his grandmother still lives.  The town adjacent to Struisbaai (they might as well be the same town but for some reason they are split in two) is the southernmost point of Africa.  A lot of people believe the Cape of Good Hope is the southernmost and where the two oceans meet, but that is incorrect.  During our few days here we ate a lot, visited a lot and were able to make some special memories with Colin’s family.  I’m going to apologize in advance because there are 34 pictures below.  I couldn’t narrow it down any more than this!!  I promise this time that I will keep it to just one sentence per picture.

The beautiful view for the first part of our drive.IMG_2966

Colin had to stop and ponder life.


I never got used to driving on the left side of the road.


Cutest breakfast stop of our whole trip!


Omelettes bigger than your plate, delicious scones and a much needed strong cup of coffee.


Family see-saw time.


This is a bridge.


This is what happens to your vehicle when you are riding on dirt roads for a long time.


Ostriches are usually attracted to red, so I was trying to lure them over.


Wild buck at the entrance to the nature reserve.


De Hoop Nature Reserve- one of my favorite places!  (yes I have a lot of favorites)


The giant sand dunes.  Colin is that red speck at the top.


I love everything in this picture.


Not a bad view to have.


Eating leftovers before we hit the road again.


The boys had to play some cricket.


Brice made a new puppy dog friend.


As far south as you can get.


Where the Atlantic and Indian meet.


hahaha I made him do it.


Colin’s sweet, sweet, sweet grandmother. 


This stingray is about 7 feet across.


We had to do some laundry.


Sleepy fishing town.


The boys went fishing on that boat over Matt’s shoulder.


I drove (YIKES) but just kept repeating, stay on the left, stay on the left.


I’m going to break my one sentence rule here.  This seal showed up several months ago and it was really skinny and probably about to die.  I’m guessing that’s why it left it’s family and ended up here.  It was one smart seal though because it came to a fishing town and quickly fattened up!!  It would get so close to people and one crazy man even tried to touch it.


Sleepy fishing town.


We got to feed some eland.


Just because he is so stinkin cute.

Having a braai (<– South African word for grilling out) with the family.


Fish and chips were eaten by the kilogram.


Brice had his first ever ice cream cone and loved it.


Then we hit the hills to head to Cape Town.


There is still so much to share because our time in Cape Town was packed full of activities.  It took me three posts to show you the first week of our trip and it’s looking like it will be another three posts to show you the rest.

What is the best vacation you have ever been on?

What ethnicity is your favorite food?  South African food is very similar to what we would eat in America.  They put a heavy emphasis on red meat and sometimes refer to chicken as a vegetable. 🙂


9 responses to “Thoughtless Thursday- South Africa: Southernmost region

    • South Africa is such a beautiful place it makes it easy to photograph. If your coworker needs any tips tell them to email me!

    • Haha it was not very nice to the man who tried to pet him. He (the seal) was so fat it was funny to watch him waddle around.

  1. Total vacation envy. These photos are GORGEOUS! I would love to go to South Africa one day.

    Favorite vacation was our destination wedding in Turks & Caicos. 🙂

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