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South African Road Trip

Joburg to Cape Town: karoo lamb, haunted houses and seeing the world through dark-tinted glasses |

A wonderful holiday road trip. We stop by the Karoo National Park on our way to Cape Town and have a memorable, if expensive, meal of Karoo lamb and Cape wine. The next morning we’re up early to finish the trip to CT, but before we leave we watch the rising sun eating shortcake and drinking coffee, watched by a herd of nearby Springbok.

We stay in Camps Bay, eat out, and enjoy the view. The BFG could bottle Cape Town air and sell it as therapy.

The Kirstenbosch Gardens are worth visiting for the stunning exhibition of African sculpture. On the way back I scandalise fellow motorists by travelling naked. Long story.

Our trip back to Joburg is marked by two events. The first, a terrifying night staying over in Hermanus in a haunted house where something that lived in that place made sure we didn’t sleep in its bed. Second, a visit to the Owl House, which was like a literal voyage into the psyche of the artist – however presumptious that statement might be. Just the bleached solidity of the outdoor sculptures – the tenacity of the will to live despite all odds – and the claustrophic darkness (though nuanced in delicate colours) of the interior. Houses are popular symbols for identity, for the self, and visiting this house is fundamentally disturbing as a result. Who would dare to enter someone else’s darkness?

Locations Visited: London, Johannesburg, Cape Town

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