Day 8. We left the Protea Hotel in Franschhoek after breakfast and drove the whole Garden Route in 4.5 hours, non-stop. There were a lot of mountains and not much else. We did see a shanty town, a field of goats, some ostriches roaming around and the occasional car and motorbike. Luckily, it was cloudy so we kept cool and alert. Some of those bends around the mountains were quite hair-raising. But we made it and found the De Ostal Country Lodge with ease.
The grounds here are so pretty, with beautiful flowers, pomegranate and lime trees. The gardens have windy stone footpaths, with a sparkling pool nestled under trees and so many lush plants and birds. An oasis.