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

South Africa | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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

South Africa | Tame Seal in Hout Bay

Hout Bay

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

South Africa | Chapmans Peak Drive

Chapmans Peak Drive

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

South Africa | Car Meet in Muizenberg


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

South Africa | Franshoek to Kommetjie

South Africa

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

Road Trip

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.

Franshoek to Kommetjie

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)

South Africa | Franshoek Motor Museum

Franshoek Motor Museum

Drive-by Snapshots   |   Travel Photography   |   Museum Visit

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)

South Africa | Stilbaai to Stellenbosch

South Africa

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Stilbaai to Stellenbosch

Stilbaai   >>   Cape Aghulas   >>   Hermanus   >>   Stellenbosch

Having enjoyed a couple of baie lekker pancakes for breakfast, we left Stilbaai and headed towards Riversdale. Long before arriving there we could see the famous rock formation called the Sleeping Beauty. Leaving her behind we followed the N2 before turning off towards Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. Our visit to the southernmost point of Africa was almost spoiled by the southernmost bitch of South Africa, who must have rented the spot exclusively, trying to shoo us away from the historic landmark. Mind you, it was totally off-season and saying we counted a dozen people would be an exaggeration. But anyway, we eventually moved on to see the wreck of the Meisho Maru 38, a Japanese trawler that ran aground in 1982 and has been falling apart since. Not much left of it in 2012!

We then bought some supplies in the local superette and drove to Hermanus. To my delight, we traveled on the unpaved roads via Elim. The weather wasn’t really nice the whole day: gusting wind and some rain. We figured that we should try to fight it by buying ice-cream in Hermanus. The beach dassie you see in one of the pictures also wanted some, but fortunately there was a 2m gap between the tree and the wall we sat on.

Just before turning off from the N2 towards Stellenbosch I spotted a classic car dealership in Somerset West. Naturally I stopped and had a look around 😉

We checked into a (somewhat iffy) backpacker in Stellenbosch. It was Saturday night, so we met up with some of Marizcas’ friends, had dinner with them and a great night out! Quite a party town to be honest, not only a destination for day visitors…

PS: The light in this part of the country sometimes really does play tricks on your eyes. Note the weird hue in some of the pictures.

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Stilbaai South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

South Africa | Stilbaai, Skulpiesbaai, Jongensfontein

South Africa

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

South Africa | Oudtshoorn to Stilbaai

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

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South Africa Lizard | photorpahy by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

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)

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

The first couple of days

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Kyalami View Estate | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Midrand | Kyalami View House

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Road Trip to Swaziland | Day 1

Road Trip to Swaziland

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Kaapsche Hoop

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