Day 14-15: Xhosa Homestay – We left the Garden Route and drove towards the wildcoast, we could really feel the difference! Suddenly everything changed, the nature, the roads and the people. We booked two nights at a Xhosa homestay with the locals. The Xhosa people is the second-largest ethnic group in South Africa after the Zulus. We were warned about that the road to the homestay could be really bad, especially on a rainy day – and unfortunately the rain was pouring down. Luckily we were able to call the guy that we booked through. He drove us to the homestay in his 4x4, while we parked our car at his place near the local hospital. When we finally arrived late in the evening, we met the local family who didnt speak any english and lived like they did for the last 100’s of years. It all turned out to be an amazing experience, in the most beautiful and calm nature.
Day 16: Mdumbi Backpackers – From this day on, we started a whole new way of travelling. We was tired of all the plans we had to make, that was exactly what we didn’t want from the beginning. We decided to try travelling day by day and by the locals advice instead. John from the hospital told us about this backpackers place he thought we should try out. We came to this lifestyle backpacker place and really loved the atmosphere. We slept in the car and cooked our own meals. The locals told us about the next place to go, and we left the next morning.
Day 17: Tsitsa Falls Backpackers – Another really great place, where the family that lives there runs a Backpackers stay – Totally off the grid lifestyle. The place was situated in the middle of nowhere and had a great view over a valley. We went for a hike down to a beautiful waterfall, where we walked behind the waterfall and saw some 500 year old bushmen paintings. We really loved this place!
Day 18: Khotso Backpackers – Again we were recommended this place from the previous place we stayed. When we arrived, unfortunately they just experienced a crazy big hailstorm, which had coursed a lot of damage to their place. They where still in a good mood and open for visitors though. They had all the facilities you could imagine including horseback riding and guided tours in the area. We only stayed one night, where we relaxed with the other backpackers and hiked a small mountain where we ate our lunch in the beautiful nature. The day after we went for the famous trail of Sani Pass into Lesotho.
Day 19: Lesotho – (Please read the article from Lesotho)
Day 20-22: Mount Everest Guest Farm – After leaving Lesotho, we drove north towards Swaziland. We didn’t plan where to sleep and decided just to drive until we found a good place to stay for the night. We ended up driving into some really bad weather with thunders and lightning and a hailstorm too. But then suddenly a rainbow appeared, the biggest and most beautiful rainbow we’ve ever seen. We found this game farm on google maps in the afternoon. They had a really nice campsite between the mountains with a amazing view over the valley. A really calm place with friendly people and many wild animals. We ended up camping there for two days, before our journey into Swaziland started.
- Price for the backpacker places and the campsites was between 75 and 110 Rand pppn.
Day 23-26: Swaziland – (Please read the article from Swaziland)
Day 27-44: Hoedspruit – We arrived to our familys farm in Hoedspruit the 22nd of December. The place is called Kum Kula and is situated in the private game reserve of Jabulani 40km from the nearest town. We ended our roadtrip here, to stay at the farm for christmas and new years. We had a great time there with family and friends, chilling in the pool, partying and enjoying life. The time was non existing and we enjoyed the quiet sunsets at the topdeck with the view over the bush. We spent the last couple of days alone, just the two of us. We really enjoyed the bush, and the wildlife. We went for a lot of bushwalks and experienced to be quite close to some of the animals, where we became new friends with the girafs, zebras and wildebeests. We extended our stay and ended up staying 17 days on the farm before we drove back to Johannesburg again.
Check out our gallery from this roadtrip at The Wildcoast here!