Thomas Bain, master road builder

  I love road trips and especially when they involve mountain passes. Whether with clients or friends I never tire of the thrill when I know I’m going to travel along a road that provides breathtaking views and cliffs with amazing rock formations. Luckily, I live in a mountainous region with many exciting mountain passes.…

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Way off the beaten path

The third of the goals mentioned on a recent roadtrip here was the drive from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp that winds its way along the Swartberg Mountains. This is way off the beaten path – not the main tarred road linking these towns, but the alternative back road to the usual R62. This should take about an…

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Montagu Pass

Last week I travelled along Montagu Pass for the first time. This is a road I’d wanted to explore for ages and it was no disappointment. Montagu Pass is a historical monument and the oldest unaltered pass still in use in South Africa. It’s only about 9 kms to the top but the low speed limit…

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Nature’s Valley

South Africans love roadtrips and there’s nothing better than a roadtrip with like-minded friends who don’t mind stopping every few minutes to take photos, drink in the view, chat up the locals, or break out an impromptu picnic on an old stone wall next to a cliff. I did this recently with my 2 closest…

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Natures Valley

South Africans love roadtrips and there’s nothing better than a roadtrip with like-minded friends who don’t mind stopping every few minutes to take photos, drink in the view, chat up the locals, or break out an impromptu picnic on an old stone wall next to a cliff. I did this recently with my 2 closest…

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Kirstenbosch Conservatory

After our visit to the new Kirstenbosch canopy walkway we popped in to the Kirstenbosch Conservatory – a favourite part of this magnificent botanical garden. The Kirstenbosch Conservatory is a desert house that displays the succulent treasures of southern Africa.  It consists of a central area and four corner ‘houses’. Each bed represents an ecological region or biome of…

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One day road trip

Why not come on a one-day road trip with us – we do it all the time! This one shows you two different oceans, one mythical ‘cape’, one Unesco heritage site, a variety of beaches from rocky to white-sandy, the oldest wine route in the country, pretty bays, fishing harbours, a naval base, a penguin colony,…

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Come on a one-day road trip with us!

Why not come on a one-day road trip with us – we do it all the time! This one shows you two different oceans, one mythical ‘cape’, one Unesco heritage site, a variety of beaches from rocky to white-sandy, the oldest wine route in the country, pretty bays, fishing harbours, a naval base, a penguin colony,…

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