Author Topic: Pretoria to L'Agulhas via Weskus (WARNING!!! VERY PIC HEAVY)  (Read 2336 times)

January 06, 2015, 12:09:04 PM
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SniperHilton

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On the morning of the 15th December we woke up at 03H00, at 04H05 we were on the black stuff
I had done some planning and told my wife to book accommodation in certain towns which I had predetermined.

That was the beginning of a 3850Km trip down to Cape L’Agulhas following the west coast

Unfortunately we were not my Fozzie but in an awesome ride none the less.






980km and about 200km of that on dirt roads,























We arrived at the first port of call for our journey.
http://platolodge.co.za/
The lodge is situated close to the Namibian border, about 60km from Augrabies Falls.










The views are more than spectacular, it is completely off grid, using solar panels to provide electricity and reverse osmosis treated borehole water.

We spent two nights here, travelling into the Augrabies National Park for the day.


View From the Room











Augrabies

















The Rock Formations from the millions of years of abuse from the water are incredible









A slow drive around the Augrabies Park, taking advantage of the 4X4.

































The natural untouched beauty of the Northern Cape can literally take your breath away.
It has become, with out doubt, my favorite part of our beautiful country.

The Next Morning, we had a quick breakfast and hit the road again, finding ourselves in Lamberts Bay.

A quiet little town with nothing going for it, I was a little disappointed in the town overall.
The People weren't friendly, crime was an obvious issue - there were three security gates between the entrance and the room.














Apparently the water was cold...





Next morning saw another early rise with us heading to Langebaan, but we didn't take the tar... we had a road, a destination, and time on our hands.
















We stopped over in St Helena for some lunch, and followed another dirt road, but it had been closed off from the public unfortunately, so we had to continue on tar.










Arriving in Langebaan, I remembered why I love this place.. but the peace and quiet has been replaced by bustling streets.







We arrived in Langebaan on my birthday, so I was treated to a great meal at a new restaurant called Breeze.
Fantastic Service and a brilliant fine dining experience.



On the 19th, we drove to Somerset West. But having previously done the Bains Kloof Pass, I decided to take to long way around, and scare my wife (She is terrified of heights).

First stop was in Darling to check out the brewery.













Then a quick stop at Kloofenburg Olive and Wine Estate









And on to Bains Kloof... I was driving and due to the narrow road, we didn't have many chances to stop.















































































At this point, my camera battery died.
After the Pass we stopped for lunch and then headed through to Somerset West, spending two nights there before driving through L'Agulhas.

We completed in the region of 3850km and of those, close to 800km on dirt roads.
A truly epic adventure was had, with every kilometer soaked in.

This trip inspired me to see more of what our county has to offer.

The rolling dunes
The freezing west coast waters
The contagious mountain views
The sweltering Kalahari
The flat, arid Karoo
The warm, inviting east coast waters
The haunting ship wrecks
The forests, rivers and streams

We have it all here.

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January 06, 2015, 01:41:33 PM
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Stunning!

Looks like you had a lot of fun.

Time to get a new camera?
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January 06, 2015, 01:55:20 PM
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Haha, Battery died. After 5 days on the road I dont think it is to bad...
Landed up with 624 Images.



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January 06, 2015, 02:12:06 PM
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Stunning!!!

I'm not even going to ask about fuel cons. :D
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January 06, 2015, 02:18:46 PM
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The Range Rover information is displaying Average at 11.8l/100

I refueled 5 times in total at just around R1100 a tank.


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January 06, 2015, 03:59:35 PM
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I assume that's the diesel?

Looks like an earlier 02 model (small alloys) and im also guessing it does not have the Tv/Nav


Lekker cars and im seriously thinking about one.

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January 06, 2015, 04:25:04 PM
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It's an 04, we opted for the smaller rims when the order was made from the factory. So it does have the tv and navigation system.
Engine wise, 3.0 d BMW 6 cylinder lump.
Air bag suspension system just cost 60k to repair. Awesome drive, would I buy one? No, not worth the hassle.
My dad bought it off of my grandfather with the soul intentions of towing his boat. It's too heavy for his Prado.


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January 06, 2015, 04:31:51 PM
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Shot for the pics - clearly a lekke trip, Hilton!
As they say, "the West Coast is the best coast"
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January 06, 2015, 05:34:24 PM
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When Westcoaster acknowledges your pics, you know you have posted enough.

Thanks West! The West coast is very lekker, but the Northern Cape😍
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January 06, 2015, 06:16:10 PM
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Haha, Battery died. After 5 days on the road I dont think it is to bad...
Landed up with 624 Images.


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Time to get a spare battery.
I have 2 batteries and a inverter for in case, but our Canon 700D can easily take a few thousand pics with the 2 batteries.

Stunning pics.
My wife is the photo nut in our house, if she had to run out of battery on a trip, she would make me convert the car battery or something, but without camera is not an option.
I suspect 90% of our trips she only sees through one eye.
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January 06, 2015, 07:35:17 PM
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I've ordered a spare, but I shoot with a Sony, and they are a little hard to come by. If you do find them, they cost a small fortune.

The inverter option I've looked at, but the cons outweigh the pros in my opinion.

Just renewed the insurance on my photography equipment, and nearly died. :(


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January 06, 2015, 07:59:44 PM
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Cool.

I have fortunately only needed to use the inverter years ago at Sossusvlei, but that was also with a much smaller FujiFilm, but it does help charge my bicycle lights when doing 24 hr relay rides.
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January 07, 2015, 10:15:45 AM
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Sniper, Love the Pics and the trip write up man!. I will get to mine this evening.
Thinking of taking my family that side as Sharon has not seen that part of our beautiful country yet. Have to save some money for fuel and a few Jerry cans though.
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January 07, 2015, 10:37:24 AM
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Ja, those airbag systems did give issues. I believe they have solved most of it when Jag took over.

12l/100 is good considering its massive 2.2 ton weight.
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January 07, 2015, 01:39:53 PM
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Sniper, Love the Pics and the trip write up man!. I will get to mine this evening.
Thinking of taking my family that side as Sharon has not seen that part of our beautiful country yet. Have to save some money for fuel and a few Jerry cans though.

Fozzie Driver, as we discussed I would like to set a trip with a few guys from ForesterForum, and do the drive again.
It will cost a fair amount, but the experience is definitely worth it!
Lets keep this idea open, we could meet up with the Cape Town guys.

Ja, those airbag systems did give issues. I believe they have solved most of it when Jag took over.

12l/100 is good considering its massive 2.2 ton weight.

Yeah, the system did improve somewhat, but the height sensors are still an issue.
I don't think the fuel consumption is to bad at all, was something else to get 900+ km on a tank!


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