Pictures in the Country: A Mini Road Trip to Robertson


Road Trippin’ to Robertson

Is there anything better than an impromptu road trip? I don’t think so. When money’s tight and your body and mind are screaming  for a holiday, this is the next BEST thing. It’s so much fun!

Pack a couple of snacks, a flask of coffee, some bottles of water, make sure your cell batteries are charged, put on some funky tourist gear, and hit the road! 

That’s what we did last week Friday. Minus the funky gear – casual-cool is more like it. We both took the day off work and set out towards picturesque Robertson in the country… somewhere we’d never been before.

A Picture perfect day

It was a BEAUTIFUL day to venture out into the countryside… just look at the cloud porn. Wow!

1st Stop – Rooiberg Winery 

This place is one of my new best favourite spots. If you want country and wine and out-of-this-world food, this is the place to go! I was in my element… not only was the food yummy (just check out those baked goodies…. YUM), but they had vegetarian AND gluten-free options! 


After chilling outside in the garden (and snapping photos of the menu – because, well… foodies inspiration!), we ventured to the BIG chair. The biggest chair in Africa apparently. It might not look so high, but trust me – my legs felt like jelly the whole way up and the whole way down. I definitely feel like I conquered a teeny part of my fear of heights that day.

If you want to do something out of the ordinary that doesn’t cost a thing, this place is a MUST see.

rooiberg chair

Only then did we venture on to the wine tasting…

They’ve got some really nice blends. I’m not a wine drinker, but I never pass up an opportunity to go wine tasting. Every year we do the Helderberg Wine Festival, which is always a blast. 

I loved the layout at Rooiberg Winery!

2nd Stop – Bonnievale

I’ve been obsessed about a certain kind of grape juice ever since I had a bottle two years ago when we were on holiday in the Garden Route.

It was a sugar-free grape juice from Bonnievale Wines. So when I found out we’d be in the area that day, I was over the moon! The wine connoisseur (is that the right word?) gave me a seriously odd look when I asked to taste some grape juice, but I didn’t care. We were there to have fun.

It was a “throwing caution to the wind” kind of day.

bonnievale wines

We left with a few bottles of grape juice for me, and some incredible wine to top up Geoff’s collection.

But there was one wine I HAD to have. They’ve got a Shiraz that’s like silk on your tongue. OMG, it’s amazing. On the odd occasion when I do have a little wine, it’s definitely not red. But this one had notes of chocolate and toffee – really unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. I can’t wait to open up that bottle and toast to something. I think we’ll save it for a special occasion.

3rd Stop – Ronnie’s Sex Shop

Our third and final stop was a sex shop in the middle of nowhere. Yes, you read that right. Geoff said Ronnie’s Sex Shop was an SA landmark, and even though it was an extra 2.5 hours from Bonnievale to get there, we HAD to go. So we did. Then he told me it wasn’t actually a sex shop (I was thinking adult shop, not some gross brothel… just to clear that up!), but a diner / pub.

A few hours later we arrived tired and hungry. Any ounce of eating healthy went straight out the window. 

I had a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich, chips, and a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake (OMG… heaven on earth!). It was worth every calorie!

Ronnies sex shop

Before hitting the road for the long trek home (3 hours), we stopped outside to snap some pics next to the famous sign. Click, click, click, and we were on our way.

Only once we got home and took a look through the photos, we discovered this… 

ronnies sex shop1

WOOPS. Five and a half extra hours of driving to a famous landmark to get a photo with THIS sign. 

Well, this is one trip we’re not going to forget any time soon! 



11 Replies to “Pictures in the Country: A Mini Road Trip to Robertson”

  1. Great story. Would love to invite you on your next road trip: Cape West Coast. Perfect for a mid-week break when flowers are out and rest of world is working. Please email me

  2. Thanks for sharing you road trip. I really enjoyed it, especially since my husband lived in Bonnievale at one stage of his life. It really is a beautiful part of our country.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hi Wilma! It’s gorgeous there – we’ve only ever driven through and never really taken the time to explore the surrounds that side. I’m so glad we finally did. That Bonnievale Winery is something too, wow!

  3. excellent road trip and supporting documentation (photos)! lol

    truly the way to do a road trip, out of the blue…play hooky and just jump in the car and go. also like the manageability of a one day-go/have fun/do things/back same day…

    very cool
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Clark! So with you there… it’s definitely the way to do road trips. Something new for us, usually we plan, plan, plan! Not this time and it was amazing. Hope you’re having a sunny spring day over that side. 🙂

  4. I love these types of trips! A reminder that life is for today 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Tandy, yes… EXACTLY!! 🙂

  5. I love to see areas I’ll probably never see in person, so thanks for taking us on your road trip. Very beautiful drive in the country, and I’m glad you got out and had fun with your husband. Have a great remainder of the week, Mel.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      It was a lot of fun – even more fun because I’m usually the one who wants to do those kinds of spur-of-the-moment things. This time it was the other way around. Glad you enjoyed the pics. Almost weekend! 🙂

  6. Sounded like an awesome trip and that last picture certainly made me smile. Seriously, so glad you got do this and looked like so much fun 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha, yes… that last photo is something we’ll (hopefully) be laughing about for many years to come. Thanks Janine, hope you’re having a fab day! 🙂

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