This past weekend, Drew, Polly, Anomien, and I trekked off to Matroosberg for a weekend camping trip. Matroosberg is a private reserve two hours drive from Cape Town with one of the highest peaks in the area. We loaded up the Land Rover with all our gear and provisions for the weekend and headed out on the N1. We turned off on the R44 at Wellington and took the R301 Bain’s Kloof Pass to Ceres. The area surrounding Wellington reminded me of other parts of the winelands I had visited with vineyards set on rolling hills. As we approached Bain’s Kloof mountain pass the vineyards were replaced by quiant farming cottages and B&Bs lining the road. We pulled into Matroosberg right at 9:00PM and setup inside the cabin we had rented for the weekend.

That night we braaied boerwors and roasterbrood for dinner. Boerwors or farmers sasagage is the South Afrikaan version of a bratwurst. Roasterbrood most resembles a very hardy roll, however, ours got stuck to the grates over the fire so we ended up eating the little pieces we were able to pull off the grill. After dinner we finished off the night with chocholate, whiskey, and cards.

Saturday we woke up and made coffee before heading out in the Landy to exlore the reserve. After an hour of driving around the reserve, we drove up the 4×4 trail to a hiking trail leading up a gorge towards the mountain peaks. At the top of our hike we found snow … yes, snow in South Africa! Once we returned to the cabin we made braaibroodjies (grilled sandwiches over the fire). At sundown we piled in the Rover and drove out on the property for sundowners on the roof rack.

Sunday we packed up and headed towards the Cape West Coast. We stopped just outside Ceres at a farm stall on the mountain pass. A oh so very Afrikaans girl greeted me at the entrance of the kitchen and was greeted by my blank stare and awkward smile back as I understood absolutely nothing she said. We had MoerKoffie and Roasterbrood for breakfast at the stall. MoerKoffie (roughly translated – F*cked Coffee or Murdered Coffee) is the Afrikaans take on filter coffee. Coffee beans are placed in a linen bag and literally beaten with a log or rolling pin until they are a fine powder at which point they are placed into boiling water in a kettle and served. We finished the trip by strolling down the Cape West Coast and back into Cape Town just in time to make church.



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