Hottentots Holland Mountains of the Western Cape — Part 3

Here’s a link to Part 1 and Part 2 of this post. In this post we show the last 12 photos, with descriptions, of a set of 24 uploaded by Sharmaine Pearl Bradfield. Thanks Sharmaine! Click here to see a slide show (24 photos) on Flickr.

From photograph #16 the return route heads East on the N2 national road. Then through two mountain passes, Sir Lowry’s and Houwhoek, and over the Hottentots Holland mountains to Hermanus.

The N2 National Highway
The N2 National Highway

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The N2 National Highway running west across the vast expanse of plain known as the ‘Cape Flats.’ In the distance, still 50 kilometers (36 miles) away, Table Mountain lies on the horizon sans ‘table cloth.’



Table Mountain
Table Mountain

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Table Mountain and the slopes of Devil’s Peak. This interchange connects five major highways and is part of a well-developed network that was recently upgraded for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.



Devil's Peak
Devil's Peak

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Devil’s Peak is on the left, Lions Head is on the right and Table Mountain’s upper Cable Car Station is on the edge of the ‘table’ at center.



The Hottentots Holland Mountain range
The Hottentots Holland Mountain range

16

The Hottentots Holland Mountain range is seen here on the left as the route heads South-East towards Somerset West on the N2 national highway. The highway crosses over the mountains at Sir Lowry’s pass.



Sir Lowry's Pass
Sir Lowry's Pass

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Sir Lowry’s Pass begins here on its climb up into the Hottentots Holland mountains.



Looking south at False Bay
Looking south at False Bay

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Looking South-West at False Bay over Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay on the left, in the distance the Twelve Apostles Mountain range near Cape Point can be seen on the horizon.



The Hottentots Holland mountains
The Hottentots Holland mountains

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The Hottentots Holland mountains. In Winter these peaks may often be snow-covered and temperatures low.



The summit of Sir Lowry's pass
The summit of Sir Lowry's Pass

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Sir Lowry’s pass is now a four-lane highway. The original pass was built in the 1800s to give passage to thousands of ox wagons crossing into the interior.



The Langeberg mountain range
The Langeberg mountain range

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The Langeberg mountain range extends from Worcester eastwards towards the Gouwrits River – the plains of the Little Karoo semi-desert lie at its northern slopes and the Overberg is to the south.



A Mountain nursery
A Mountain nursery

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A Mountain Nursery is nestled here in a sheltered valley between the mountains.



The Houwhoek Inn
The Houwhoek Inn

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The Houwhoek Inn was established in 1834 as a staging area for wagon and horse traffic between Cape Town and the interior.



The town of Bot River
The town of Bot River

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The town of Bot River takes its name from the river that feeds the Bot River Estuary.

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2 thoughts on “Hottentots Holland Mountains of the Western Cape — Part 3”

  1. What a lovely display, John. It is hard to believe that these were taken while seated in a moving vehicle. Thanks for doing the our country justice. It is beautiful!
    Sharmaine

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