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My First Cross-Country Road Trip

I’m one that has always been excited by the thought of taking to the open road and eagerly looking forward to, not only the destination, but the many interesting places that are along the way.


I’ve always wanted to do a cross-country road trip, cause I believe there is so much to see in this beautiful country I am blessed to call my home.

Seeing more of South Africa and Africa is on my list of resolutions for 2016 and I was fortunate enough to visit Ghana [for Ghana Fashion & Design Week read more here] earlier this year, which marked the first of my ventures into Africa. This road trip is the perfect way to end the year man.. good music, lost a of snacks, plenty of stops to explore the small towns and take pictures for days lol.


Starting early in the morning, we left a gloomy Cape Town (where I live) behind, heading for Beaufort West which is the largest town in the Great Karoo region, also known as the “Capital of the Karoo”. With around 40000 inhabitants, it’s most known for being the birth place of Christiaan Barnard, the man who performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant in the world.


Outside the museum


Replicacted equipment used in the historic surgery.


Barnard was born in this house

From there we headed on to Hanover, and spotted the Three Sisters along the way, which are these three distinctively shaped hills, similar to the famous Three Rondavels in Mpumalanga. About a 2hr drive from Beaufort West, the small, dry town of Hanover (named after Hanover in Germany) has under 10 000 inhabitants and is known to be the most central point in SA.

This tiny town was quite picturesque, with is old-skool buildings and prettily painted homes… if it wasn’t for the crazy heat, I probably would have made sure more pics were taken.


Next on the map, about an hour out, was Colesberg.
Not as much to see and do there, but we managed take some time to learn about the town from the Colesberg Kemper Museum.


The Gariepdam which is about 40mins from there is the largest man-made dam in South Africa and the second largest on the African continent.
When the dam was built, provision was made for it to supply water to the Eastern Cape and Free State. It took six years to build – from 1966 to 1972 – and after it was completed, the dam was 104 percent full.
It was sad to see how low the water levels were, with the dam now being just over half-full at 57%.

The destination for the day was Bloemfontein, which was about 2hrs on from the dam. Abiento Guesthouse was home for the night, a quaint little place which I found online and though I wasn’t expecting much, was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful hospitality of the staff and how cute the place was… I would recommend anyone stay there if you ever find yourself in that part of the country and looking for some place affordable, comfortable and just pleasant nje.


After breakfast and some time by the pool, we went on to visit the National Museum, which I thoroughly enjoyed, as it covered a wide range of our country and Bloemfontein’s history, from dinosaurs found here in SA only, to the different cultures found across the country, to well-known people born in Bloemfontein like the author of Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien.




From then it’s back on the road to Pretoria to spend time with my family for a couple of days.. I usually do my little video clips sharing visuals but I totally forgot, but will make sure I do it on the next leg of our trip.


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Through Shaded Eyes (TSE) is the brainchild of Tokelo Motsepe. A retail buyer and digital strategist with an addiction to blogging, this blog is a platform for my style, life and love for fashion to be shared. What started as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, has now become a place to let out my passion for fashion & writing, in-between time spent at work, traveling, or doing everything else life throws at me… it has become a form of expression and I hope it can inspire and encourage you to also share!


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