Here’s a follow-up to this post. The first 12 photos, with descriptions, of a set uploaded by Sharmaine Pearl Bradfield. Thanks Sharmaine! Click here to see a slide show (24 photos) on Flickr.
The route follows the N2 national road through two passes, Houwhoek and Sir Lowry’s, en route from Hermanus to Cape Town. This entire section of the N2 has been recently upgraded. It curves through the lush, green, fertile valleys of the Hottentots Holland range, through orchards and vineyards under big African skies.
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The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is seen here looking West over the Bot River estuary. The Kogelberg mountains in the distance form an impressive backdrop for the sea-side town of Kleinmond.
The Bot River Estuary is fed by the Afdaks River and the Bot River. This view North is over the fertile valley that stretches North-East towards Caledon.
The Kogelberg mountain range seen here is one of many in this mountainous area that once presented a formidable challenge for the ox wagons of early explorers.
The Arabella Sheraton is now known as The Westin Arabella Quays and is located on the western shore of the Bot River Estuary. The hotel and golf course is a popular tourist destination.
The Houwhoek mountain pass begins about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) outside Hermanus.
Apples and Pears are grown in this famous fruit-growing region of the Western Cape. Here the road curves through vineyards and orchards. On the horizon the Hottentots Holland mountain range is visible.
An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away. The agricultural sector provides seasonal work to thousands of workers in this region and it’s the primary source of employment opportunities.
The Houwhoek pass is easily negotiated on excellent highways. The Houwhoek Inn was established in 1834 as a staging post for horse and wagon traffic.
Great farmers, good weather and abundance. Every piece of arable land that it is not under vine bears an orchard of pears, nectarines or apples. The favourable climatic conditions and the expert farmers that farm here have contributed much to the success of the local agricultural industry.
Winelands of the Overstrand enjoy a special climate with cool sea winds. Many successful wine cellars in this region form part of the popular wine route that is accessible to tourists and locals for wine tastings and direct sales.
The Steenbras Dam is an important water resource for the Western Cape. The Steenbras Dam offers recreational facilities and picnic sites.
False Bay. Looking West across Strandfontein to Cape Point in the distance. The beautiful curve of False Bay is framed by Table Mountain.
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