Camping in winter is not always fun, considering having to set-up tents & gazebos when it’s cold & wet. Not being out, however, get the feet itching. We decided to explore the possibility of “solid structures”.
Elgin Valley area had been on our radar, considering that it’s only 70 Km from home (Cape Town) and the area is well known for its beautiful country life-style.
We searched for accommodation with the help of the friendly ladies at the Elgin Tourism office. We were surprised that most of the options were actually booked out, which raised the question… “what’s happening there?”. Inn on Highlands stood out, firstly because they had availability and, most importantly, was cost effective, considering we are accustomed to camping rates.
Lisa & Eddie left earlier on a Friday afternoon to beat the traffic. Warren & Melissa would join later. I’m sure all of us have travelled this road many times, always rushing to reach further destinations. Next time, drive slower and enjoy the beauty of the area. Arriving at Inn on Highlands, located at 62 Highlands road (Latitude: -34.214456, Longitude: 19.051949), we only just admired and loved the views. Our home for the weekend was Mr. Silver. This stunning 2 bedroomed cottage is fully furnished, with everything you need to relax and just absorb the serenity of the area.
I was just about to get the fire started in the lounge’s fire place when Warren called. His first words were “I’m stuck and there’s oil everywhere” – true to Landy style, LOL. This time, however , it was more than a little leak. Eddie to the rescue with all the tools we might need to fix the problem. We got to where he was parked – he had discovered that his oil filter housing had come loose and the screws were missing – something we couldn’t fix right there… in the rain! We decided to tow the Landy L to Mr. Silver.
Once we got back, we started the fire, got out the red wine and relaxed as Warren drowned his sorrows. Chilling in-front of the fire, sipping on the red wine and playing 30 seconds, the Landy issue was soon forgotten.
We woke-up to the awesome sound of soft rain trickling on the sink roof, thinking what it we were in tents.
Warren & I got going and headed for the Landy, which needed to be fixed. We popped down to Midas in Grabouw, got new bolts, new rubber seals and oil, and headed back to Mr. Silver. In 30 minutes, the Landy was sorted!
It’s exploring time now… Yippee!!!
Day 1 – Avid wine drinkers, we headed straight to the wine farms, embracing our surroundings and the beauty of the valley.
We visited about 6 wine farms for the day and sampled not a single bad wine. We soon realised that the Elgin valley is a great wine farming area. The friendly staff at all the farms gave us great insight into their wines and area.
Oh what a day! Now lekker moeg, we headed home for the braai.
Day 2 – We headed for Cape Canopy Tours – we had an amazing day, spent hanging and zip lining across the Hottentots Holland mountains, surrounded by the breath taking Cape fynbos and mountain slopes. Warren was determined to face his fear of heights and by the third zip-line, he had overcome his fear – it must have been the majestic views of this World Heritage site that took both his breath and fear away.
This is definitely must–do when you’re in the area. We ended off the day at Grabouw country club, where we had supper – greeted by owner/cook/waiter. The food was absolutely scrumptious. Full belly and ready for bed, we headed back to Mr. Silver.
Day 3 – We got up early went on a 16 km quad biking experience, traveling into the Hottentots Hollands mountains, whilst being learning about the indigenous fynbos. The trail took us to the most spectacular viewing point on top of Sir Lowry’s pass, overlooking False Bay. What an amazing site, a birds eye view of the pass on which we all race to reach our destinations. Great experience !!
After the quad biking we wanted more adventure and decided to take the Landy’s off-road.
Grabouw Country club has a 4X4 trail, once again taking us up into the mountains. It’s always great fun putting our machines to the test and on the gravel. The course offers some great obstacles (all with safe bypasses), but could be better marked. With time against us, we ended our trail early – we needed to head home. We’ll definitely be going back to do the entire trail.
We all know that famous saying “ All good things come to an end”. This was the case for the Elgin Valley with its spectacular views, great wines and good food.
We are definitely planning a trip back… watch this space!
Zip lining was booked via Cape Canopy Tours: http://www.capecanopy.co.za
Quad Biking at the country club via Nature Discovery Tours: www.naturediscovery.co.za
4×4 trail can booked at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club