Leaving the bustling streets of Knysna was more than a relief, but unfortunately it did not indicate an escape from the heat - heading more inland on the national route meant more intense heat. This part of the trip was definitely the worst but the vast range of mountains and beautiful farm lands counteracted that and made the trek a bit more bearable; especially on the dead-straight roads!
The long straight all the way to Cape Town really became my enemy! After about five hours of driving already, I knew I had another three more to go. My yawning became way too frequent and no amount of music blaring or air-conditioning could occupy me - I was going mad (I was convinced!)