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Route 62 - What to see?
« on: November 11, 2014, 05:08:07 pm »
In December I'll be travelling with swambo and four friends from the big smoke to Willowmore, then through to Stellenbosch.

By complete accident I came across the apparently famous route 62, which we would probably take from Uniondale -> Oudtshoorn -> Barrydale -> Montagu -> Robertson -> Worcester -> Stellies. I figured that would be nicer than the boring N-bloody-one.

We can't spend a lot of time dawdling around curio shops and wotnot, but we need a good lunch stop between Barrydale (Diesel & Creme?) and Montagu. Any other suggestions of really nice stops for swambo (views/waterfalls/whatever) would be appreciated.

...and where the %$#@ is Ronnies?

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 05:46:06 pm »
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Years ago ChrisL took me to a famous place to eat along the way - all bikers get some port or something for free? Think it was called the famous pumkin or something like that.

We will also be in that area so am also keen go get some pointers.
 

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 05:55:37 pm »
Ronnie's sex shop is a must stop.

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 12:14:10 pm »
Last year I did the whole route and was surprised by the long travelling time.
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 12:18:03 pm »
Country Pumpkin in Barrydale is always lekker and a good value for money breakfast joint.

Ronnie's Sex shop is halfway between Ladysmith and Barrydale (at the intersection where the turn-off is for Warmwaterberg).

I like the scenery on 'Huisrivier pass' (on the Cape Town side of Calitz dorp on R62)

I don't know enough about the whole route to point out 'must see attractions'

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 01:09:02 pm »
20km outside Oudtshoorn on your way to the Cango caves there is a turn off to the right where you can find a beautiful waterfall. You will think that your are in the middle of the Tsitsikamma forest. PM me for detail if you are interested.
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2014, 01:10:33 pm »
If your route allows, I would suggest Gysmanshoek Pass [S33 56.245 E21 03.252].
Read about it here ... http://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/find-a-pass/western-cape/item/249-gysmanshoek-pass.html
I did this last weekend and the scenery is awesome.
 

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2014, 01:12:19 pm »
20km outside Oudtshoorn on your way to the Cango caves there is a turn off to the right where you can find a beautiful waterfall. You will think that your are in the middle of the Tsitsikamma forest. PM me for detail if you are interested.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=8582.0

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2014, 01:27:42 pm »
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I am doing the route in the reverse direction from around the 20th Dec. Final destination KZN Midlands.
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2014, 02:26:48 pm »
Wow, a lot more interest in this than I thought there would be!

Kobus, thanks for the heads up re travelling time. The road is twisty and slow with few overtaking opportunities, so I guess progress will be...sedate, but I'm ok with that :)

Mantis, I'll be PM'ing you about that waterfall. Sounds great.
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For the benefit of others, a list of the recommendations:

  • Ronnie's Sex Shop (duh)
  • Barrydale for lekker brandy
  • Country Pumpkin, Barrydale - good value breakfast
  • Huisrivier Pass, West of Calitzdorp on the R62. Very nice drive
  • Gysmanshoek Pass - Gravel pass driveable in a normal 2wd vehicle in good weather - [S33 56.245 E21 03.252]
  • Rust & Vrede Waterfall

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2014, 02:35:13 pm »
Don't forget to pop into Koedoeskloof to say Hi to Veldtjie and his gorgeous wife Veldbloom. 
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2014, 02:39:30 pm »
Don't forget to pop into Koedoeskloof to say Hi to Veldtjie and his gorgeous wife Veldbloom. 

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2014, 02:45:42 pm »
There's also Seweweekspoort and Gamkaskloof dam if you want to take a small detour.
The riding in that area is truly awesome. If you have a bit of time on your hands, go up the Swaartberg Pass its truly spectacular !!!
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2014, 02:54:49 pm »
For general knowledge; Gysmanshoek Pass - I would not dive this pass in a normal 2wd vehicle.
There were sections that had sandy streams running over the road (even in Nov).
 

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2014, 02:57:51 pm »
For general knowledge; Gysmanshoek Pass - I would not dive this pass in a normal 2wd vehicle.
There were sections that had sandy streams running over the road (even in Nov).


Interesting; I took that from the website. Good to know.
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2014, 03:00:35 pm »
There's also Seweweekspoort and Gamkaskloof dam if you want to take a small detour.
The riding in that area is truly awesome. If you have a bit of time on your hands, go up the Swaartberg Pass its truly spectacular !!!

The problem with 7 weeks poort is it takes you back to the N1.
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So you either have to have time to drive through and come back or then continue down the N1 again from Laingsburg.

Unless of course like you mentioned you also have time for Swartberg pass...

Then it is From Oudshoorn accross Swartberg pass and then N1 to Laingsburg, through 7 weeks and then onwards on R62, but that will put hours onto your travel time for that day.

It is totally worth it though.

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2014, 03:18:47 pm »
... or you can cut back to Anysberg Reserve, Ou berg Pass and the Montagu.

 

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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2014, 03:25:28 pm »
If you can, stop at Meiringspoort waterfall. Legend has it that mermaids lived in the rock pool, and that its depth is endless. There's nice high rocks to jump off into the (very big, very refreshing) pool. You can't see it from the road, you need to park and walk a few hundred meters to the rock pool.

But absolutely worth it! We stumbled upon it by accident once, and now make a point of stopping there every time we're in that area.

Here's a map to it: http://www.safarinow.com/destinations/de-rust/waterfall/meiringspoort-waterfall.aspx
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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2014, 03:54:43 pm »
If you can, stop at Meiringspoort waterfall. Legend has it that mermaids lived in the rock pool, and that its depth is endless. There's nice high rocks to jump off into the (very big, very refreshing) pool. You can't see it from the road, you need to park and walk a few hundred meters to the rock pool.

But absolutely worth it! We stumbled upon it by accident once, and now make a point of stopping there every time we're in that area.

Here's a map to it: http://www.safarinow.com/destinations/de-rust/waterfall/meiringspoort-waterfall.aspx
And some historic info: http://www.princealbert.org.za/what-to-do/meiringspoort/


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Re: Route 62 - What to see?
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2014, 03:58:35 pm »
Montagu - there is a padstal on the right, right at the end of town - the very last building - had some good grub there.

Also, as you leave, there is a natural stone tunnel you drive through - there is an old fort built on top - take a walk up there (probably 70m from the car park, 30m scramble up the path), the view from up there is amazing! Total time - 15min.....

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