Day 1: Cape Town to Montagu


So after months and months of planning, our #TazzDiscovers tour of South Africa began. Day 1 was mostly taken up by packing and repacking our 2008 Volkswagen Polo as we battled to make a year’s worth of clothes, camping equipment and basic kitchen supplies fit. You guys with the trailers… I get it now.

I have to admit that it felt surreal to finally climb into our car and wave goodbye. We have been talking about this for so long that it started to feel like it was never actually going to happen. It still feels a bit like a dream but I’m sure reality will hit home shortly. 

Day 1: Cape Town to Montagu

The first leg of our journey took us from Cape Town to Montagu and, since we only left after 2pm, I was so grateful I chose to break up each leg into 200km trips. When I was a child, my holidays would start at the crack of dawn so that we could get from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 8 hours. Fortunately I often fell asleep in the car so, it was fine. It’s not something I want to put my kids through though.

We chose to take the road less traveled and steered clear of the easier N1 journey, instead choosing the N2 so that we could see more of the R62. What a gorgeous part of the country! There were endless fields of grazing sheep, vineyards and cows who stopped off on the side of the road for a snack.

While saying goodbye to the stability of a house and family has been incredibly hard, especially leaving our cat to be looked after by the grandparents, the kids are scared and excited about what this adventure will hold. My son took saying goodbye to his cat especially hard. They have been close since he was still in the womb and his sobs broke my heart.

I feel so guilty about uprooting them from a “normal life” and coaxing them to come and see our gorgeous country. I hope that all this stress will be worth it, at the end of the day, and the children will grow and mature over the next few months.

I know they will learn so much and maybe gain some perspective on what they feel about South Africa and start thinking about how they can make a positive impact.

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Hi! Welcome to our family travel blog. We hope you enjoy the content we share here. We tried the nomad life in 2016 and, while we loved exploring 7 of the 9 regions in South Africa, we found it tough. We are back in Cape Town and enjoy going on mini adventures as a family. Our kids will soon be 11 and 14 years old, and they love the outdoors. Anton is a stay at home dad and helps me to home school the kids, while I hold down a job and find time to write. One day when the kids are older and have settled into their own lives, we plan to explore the rest of South Africa in a 4x4, so that we can also visit Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Contact us for unique, family-friendly content about Cape Town, most of South Africa and what we have learned from our travels so far. You are most welcome to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@tazzdiscovers) to see what we share on a day to day basis. We look forward to working with you. Our email address is tazzdiscovers@gmail.com

8 Comments

  1. I am so excited to follow your journey! What an incredible experience for your children, they are extremely fortunate ❤️ Good luck, I am sure it will be difficult in the beginning, but it will be worth it!

  2. I think its fantastic that you and your family are actually doing what so many people wish and dream and talk about but never put into action! I look forward to following your trip on your blog. Enjoy every moment!

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