South Africa

Nissan Bakkie 1400 Pick-up South Africa Midrand Bosch Diesel Center | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

South African Nissan Bakkie 1200 & 1400

South African Nissan Bakkie 1200 & 1400

Reading the Speedhunters story about a properly built South African Nissan Bakkie 1400 reminded me of the time when I lived in South Africa. Digging through the pictures on my hard drive revealed quite a few pictures of these lovely little, but sturdy and tough, trucklets.

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

17.04.2012   |   Day 07   |   Capetown


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Tame harbor seal Hout Bay South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Tame Seal in Hout Bay

Tame Seal in Hout Bay

16.04.2012   |   Day 06   |   Hout Bay


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Chapmans Peak Drive South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

16.04.2012   |   Day 06   |   Chapmans Peak Drive


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Beach and Cars Meet Muizenberg South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Car Meet in Muizenberg

Car Meeting in Muizenberg

15.04.2012   |   Day 05   |   Muizenberg


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Capetown Penguin South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Franshoek to Kommetjie

Franshoek to Kommetjie

15.04.2012   |   Day 05   |   Franshoek   >>   Muizenberg   >>   Cape Point   >>   Scarborough   >>   Kommetjie


Good wine needs plenty of sun – but a certain amount of rain is also necessary. Well then, if you miss pictures of grapes in bright sunlight in this gallery, try google. It rained pretty much the whole time we spent in the beautiful town of Franshoek. Nonetheless we had a great time looking around all the curio and art shops on the main street. A little later, Marizca acted as the new voice of the navigation system, guiding me towards La Roche Estate. Michael is a real gentlemen and has been a good friend of hers for many years. Unfortunately he only had time for a brief, but very inspirational and enjoyable chat. We eventually moved on towards Stellenbosch. But a little sign next to the road mandated a detour to the famous Franshoek Motor Museum. Click here to see the pictures.

Due to more rain, we skipped looking at Stellenbosch and made our way down to the coast. Just before entering Muizenberg, we found a little car show on a parking lot next to the beach. Naturally I had to stop and ask the guys if it was OK to take a few pictures. They are heavily into German cars, so being a German definitely had advantages and led to an interesting conversation…

Next stop was to say hello to the penguins at Boulders Beach. The timing was perfect, about an hour before sunset. The little fellas came out of the water and very close to the camera. A special moment, because there was hardly anybody around. Oh, the joys of off-season travel 🙂

We arrived at the gate to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve a few minutes too late – it was already closed for the day. Oh well, we figured we’d find another spot to see the southernmost sunset of our trip. And indeed: the sunset in Scarborough was breathtaking – with pounding waves, a strong offshore wind and spectacular clouds. Believe me, it was rather hard to select just a few of the many pictures for this gallery!

On to Kommetjie with the last light of the day, where we had trouble to find the backpackers we had booked in advance. Drove past it several times, with the navigation system indicating a different location every time. Weird. After a tasteful dinner not far from the lighthouse, we retreated to the backpackers. What we woke up to? Read about it in the next chapter…


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Franshoek Motor Museum South Africa | automotive photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Franshoek Motor Museum | 2012

Situated in the beautiful valley, the Franshhoek Motor Museum houses an eclectic collection of the finest automobiles ever produced. Even though we visited only briefly, it made a lasting impression. A visit is definitely recommended for any petrolhead on holidays.

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Whale fountain Hermanus South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Stilbaai to Stellenbosch

Stilbaai to Stellenbosch

14.04.2012   |   Stilbaai   >>   Cape Aghulas   >>   Hermanus   >>   Stellenbosch


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South Africa Oudtshoorn Stillbay | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Oudtshoorn to Stilbaai

Flag South AfricaOudtshoorn to Stilbaai

11.04.2012   |   Oudtshoorn   >>   Buffelspoort Lodge   >>   Mosselbaai   >>   Silbaai


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South Africa Lizard | photorpahy by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn

Cango Wildlife Park in Oudtshoorn

11.04.2012   |   Oudtshoorn   |   Cango Wildlife Park


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Mareispoort Pass South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Beaufort West to Oudtshoorn

Beaufort West to Oudtshoorn

10.04.2012   |   Day 01   |   Beaufort West   >>   Meiringspoort Pass   >>   De Rust   >>   Oudtshoorn


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Roadside breakdown South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch

Road Trip South Africa | Johannesburg to Beaufort West

Johannesburg to Beaufort West

10.04.2012   |   Day 01   |   Johannesburg   >>   Kimberley   >>   Beaufort West


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South Africa Highveld Laezonia | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | The first couple of days

Welcome home to South Africa

After living in South Africa for nine months, I eventually had to leave in April 2008 – with tears in my eyes, because I had the most awesome time and found many friends. Before leaving I promised to come back as soon as possible – but I never imagined that it would take me four years! But nonetheless, it didn’t feel like four years at all once I arrived in Jozi.

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Kyalami View Estate | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Kyalami View House

When I came back to South Africa I definitely missed the old house in Visser Street. Heidis’ new house in the Kyalami View Estate is equally nice and cozy.

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Visser Street House Midrand South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

South Africa | Visser Street House

When I moved to South Africa in 2007, all I had was  slip of paper with contact details telling me where I could rent a room. When I left nine months later in April 2008, I literally left home! Heidi and Debbie had become close friends, amongst many others.

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Road Trip South Africa | Kaapsche Hoop

Road Trip South Africa | Kaapsche Hoop

2007.12   |   Midrand   >>   Kapsche Hoop   >>   Barberton   >>   Bulembu   >>   Mlilwane   >>   Midrand


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