For many years, we’ve been taking the odd family trip to Hermanus and we have always taken the same national road to get there.
Assuming that because it’s a national road it has to be the fastest way, we never even considered alternative routes. I never bothered to consider them, because this is the way it has always been and I thought it always would be.
On a whim at the beginning of our family holiday last December, we decided to take the coastal route to Hermanus, and what a surprise! Residential developments along the national road have had a negative impact on traffic over the past few years, not only making the coastal route a breathtakingly beautiful option, but even a faster option at times.