The R44 in South Africa is a provincial route that connect Piketberg to Kleinmond, running past historical towns like Stellenbosch on it’s way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The most spectacular part of this route is between Gorden’s Bay and Betty’s Bay where it winds along the coast through the Kogel Bay region. Sheer cliffs fall into the Atlantic Ocean with the R44 hugging the mountain on winding turns.
Route 44 attracts tourists, swimmers, campers, hikers, surfers, photographers, film crews, fishermen and couples in love. It is the lifeline for four small towns to Cape Town.
This short film covers the scenes I explored; starting at Betty’s Bay, passing Pringle Bay and Rooi Els and ends at the Steenbras River mouth (Gorden’s Bay) with a beautiful green saltwater pool caught between slabs of rock and a full moon rising over the mountain.
Even though I spent four months shooting this location, I do not feel as if I have covered all the beautiful landscapes it has to offer. There is so much more to explore; hiking routes into the mountain, waterfalls and sea caves, high sand dunes and penguins, whales, dolphins and seals entertaining the waves.
Route 44 should be on your bucket list when visiting South Africa.
Music by: AShamaluev Music