Refreshed and ready to start our adventure the next morning, we filled up with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and headed out along the N2 to our resort just outside Mossel Bay. The scenery is rugged, with many mountains, farms, plains and animals. My husband, David, was much more at ease driving a large vehicle on the “wrong” side of the road with a left-handed stick shift after a bit of sleep and in the daylight. We were all in good spirits and enjoying the sights of South Africa. It took about 4 1/2 hours to get to our resort, called Pinnacle Point. This is a golf course community perched on a promontory with stunning views. Sadly, fog had set in and we couldn’t enjoy a long-range view. But the views from the resort restaurant and from the little beach, just a hike down the hill, were still beautiful.
The original plan was to head into Mossel Bay to explore in the afternoon. But we were so tired that we ended up just exploring the golf resort, eating in the restaurant, and relaxing. David and I had also run out to the grocery store to stock up on a few supplies, but had forgotten that many countries don’t keep the hours the U.S. stores keep. We headed out at 6 pm, only to discover that the grocery stores were already closed for the day.
We were all probably eating too much because the prices of food in South Africa are so inexpensive compared to the U.S. Even resort restaurant food seemed like a bargain. We had also been treating ourselves to very nice South African wines.
Half of our group slept great that first night at Pinnacle Point, but the other half kept awakening hot and sticky. Our penthouse has views and beautiful floor-to-ceiling glass doors that can be fully opened to catch the breeze, but there’s no a/c. Even though it cools down nicely in the evening, it’s very humid. Some bodies just don’t adapt well to that kind of weather.