Hello Hanover in the Northern Cape


Hanover is a small town that serves as the halfway point between Cape Town and Johannesburg on the NI highway. This town is the perfect place to relax after a long road trip before returning home.

After hours of driving, we arrive in the dusty town of Hanover to find our lodging, the Boutique Guesthouse. As we pull into the parking lot, we are escorted to our room, which has been graciously upgraded. We collapsed on the bed from exhaustion before heading to the dining area for dinner.

They call just before you arrive to see if you plan on having supper. We couldn’t say no because we’d been driving forever. They give you a few options to choose from so that the kitchen is ready.


We enter the dining hall and find two other older couples seated. At this point, Courtney and I are always the only young couple among experienced travellers, and it’s always fun to talk. They were returning to Johannesburg and asked about our adventure. We discussed politics and South Africa in general. It was an insightful conversation, but I went to bed after dessert because I felt ill.

The next morning was gloomy, but we went to The Hanover Luxury Hotel for breakfast. No other guests were present, but when we were seated, they informed us that the coffee machine was out and asked if we were okay with filter coffee. I said okay. Breakfast was nothing fancy, but it satisfied our hunger, and we explored the town.

The town is peaceful with a few people walking around to get their day going. There’s not much to do in terms of activities but looking at old buildings. The Hanover Museum, situated along Viljoen Street was closed but I heard it’s brimming with history.

We continued driving around, admiring the historical buildings and houses, until we came to a halt to capture some images of our surroundings. We were so exhausted from the entire road trip that we returned to our lodging to sleep, ordered takeaway from Feathers, and went back to bed.

It’s early, so we plan to eat breakfast around 7 a.m. so we can get back on the road and head home. The town serves as a rest stop for weary travellers on their way from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The two-night stay was probably overkill, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Till the next small town.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog