The drive took us into an area where there aren't many tourists, and really the only tourist accommodation is a few remote backpacker lodges along the very scenic coastline.
But first, you have to get there!
We said goodbye to our couchsurfing host Guy, and we were on the road around 9:00am. Thanks for having us Guy, we enjoyed our stay!
Guy, Ruth, and Kevin
A community along the way.
We went through the city of Butterworth, a bustling town with a lot of people and cars. Not a touristy place, and nothing worthwhile to see there. The main road goes right through the center of the city.
Anyone want to buy a hat?
As we got close to our turnoff, we saw the sign for the Nelson Mandela museum in the town of Qunu. This is where Mandela was born, and is now buried. There's been a museum on site for quite a few years, but of course it's been much busier over the last couple of months. Mandela's gravesite is still off limits to the public though. We decided to stop into the museum because it was free, but we didn't have a lot of time because we knew the worst part of the drive was ahead of us.
The museum overlooks the landscape where Mandela grew up.
Ruth, and one of the displays.
We found our turn off and were surprised that it was still a paved road. That would end soon enough though!
School is out! We had to make our way slowly through hundreds of school children!
Then, we had to turn off onto a dirt road.
And make our way by some large vehicles.
The road was very rough!
We had to go a total of 36 kms (22 miles) on this dirt road. It took us two hours! And we finally arrived. More pictures about the lodge and the scenery in the next post, but here's a preview...
Our accommodation...a tree house tent!
Here's the directions. Follow them exactly, or you will get lost!