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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Springbok September 2nd 2019

Didn’t sleep well. As lovely as the location of the farm was the bed was a bit hard for me and at 4:10 I gave up and got up and dressed. Had some breakfast, Nutrific with lovely organic milk bought from the farm the night before, and a coffee. Decided to load up and get on the road and by 4:45 Rita was up and dressed and we got ready to leave. By 5 we were away and heading for the B1. The first 45 minutes were busy, loads of commuter traffic heading north to Windhoek for the start of the working week. The traffic continued until we got though Rehoboth. Another 30 minutes and were saw ahead what seemed to be a fire. As we neared it it was a hay lorry that was completely ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Kimberley August 24th 2019

Captains Log - Stardate 91028042 4am from Knysna got us off to a great start. By 7:30 we were eating breakfast in Wimpy in Beauford West having watched a fabulous sunrise in the Karoo. Back on the road by 8:15 and with a quick splash and go fuel stop mid way we were in Kimberley by 12:30, couldn't have gone any better (touch wood). Spent the afternoon at The Big Hole in Kimberley, and what a great and informative visit it was. The biggest man dug hole in the world is staggering from the observation platform. The tour was really good rounding off with a visit to the vault to see some actual diamonds discovered in the area. Wasn't sure what to expect from Kimberley having read a lot about it being run down but there's ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape September 30th 2015

409 km auf Teerstrassen sind natuerlich ein Vergnuegen im Vergleich zu der gleichn Strecke auf Schotter, bei dem man keine Sekunde den Blick von der Strasse wenden kann, weil man sonst in irgendeine Schwierigkeit geraet und stuerst. Aber diese 409 km waren schon etwas Besonders. Sie waren ungemein langweilig und ganz gerade, nur mit kleinsten Kurven. Einmal habe ich 25 km GERADE Strecke gemessen!! Man konnte die Strasse entlang schauen, so weit man Lust hatte. Vegetation: niederes Gestruepp. Zwei trostlose Doerfer. Da muss man dann allerdings unbedingt tanken, denn sonst sitzt man dann irgendwann am Strassenrand. 12 - 16 Grad, starker Westwind, saukalt, Griffheizung, muehsam zu fahren. Besonders die entgegenkommenden LKW haben zusaetzliche Verwirbelungen erzeugt, die sehr unangenehm waren. Zarte gruene Blaetter am Strassenrand und einige unvorsichtige Bluemchen. Calvinia: kle... read more

Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Upington September 29th 2015

9.00 Abfahrt. Zuerst Schotter, aber super angenehm, fast wie eine Teerstrasse, nur halt staubig. Dann ab Gruenau (weder gruen noch ist dort eine Aue) auf Teer. Karasburg, 4300 E, Tanken. Keine Ahnung, warum es diesen Ort gibt. Er ist mitten im Nichts. Laeden, Alkoholgeschaefte (bottle shop), Bars, Autowerkstaetten. Das Gebiet ist fuer seine Karakulschafe bekannt, ausserdem gibt es Wildfarmen. Und offenbar braucht man dann irgendweo auch ein Wirtschaftszentrum. Nur an Arbeitsplaetzen scheint es zu mangeln, wenn man die vielen Menschen betrachtet, die da herumhaengen. Mitten am Vormittag. Karasburg liegt an der Bahnstrecke Luederitz - Upington (mit Abzweigung nach Winhoek). Laut Wikipedia gibt es momentan Gueterverkehr und Personenverkehr von Windhoek kommend zwischen Keetmanshhop und Upington. Auch die Stracke Aus - Luederitz ist voellig neu gebaut und soll (Wiki) befahren we... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Springbok September 15th 2015

The rest of my days in Cape Town were filled with visiting recommended spots for food and beverages as you saw in a few pics last post. Preparing is what I was up to. Preparing for the reason for my timeline of coming to Africa when I did…The Namaqualand Flower route is what I am looking forward to journeying on in search for vast fields of wildflowers. Whats this all about you ask? Well let me tell you…Imagine traveling down a road nothing curious about anything and then all of a sudden past one side of a mountain and in the valley is nothing but millions of beautifully glorious wild flowers blanketing the ground soaking up the South African sun. A myriad of colors adorns the bottom of what seems to be a picturesque painting that ... read more


After a night spent in Uppington at Arkies camp site we headed off to the Kalahari via the mall to buy provisions.Our first night was spent at Two rivers camp, the first stop as you enter the park on the South African side.2 cars and 8 people headed out for our first afternoon drive of the trip. attempted cheetah kill and a lioness chasing a meerkat!!!!We had an absolute ball for the next 10 days. Mata Mata saw us using our beach umbrella in the pool to stay cool and more importantly keep the beers cool. We walked from the camp site out into Namibia to the small farm stall.we spent new years there, so 3 nights in total, early morning game drives followed by lazing around the pool and afternoon game drives.I saw my first ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape September 26th 2013

So it is time at last to start our journey into Africa and as our son-in-law, Geoff drove us to Dubai Airport the sun was coming up and there was a lovely view out over the desert. The roads had just started to get busy and we overtook a lorry and sat in the back was two Camels (mother and baby) - they were just looking around calmly at the desert sands (probably wishing that they were there) - as we passed all your could see were their heads peaking out over the top of the lorry - quite surreal. So we were off but we nearly didn't leave Dubai as Paul was initially refused exit out of the country.......... I had gone through the passport security check no problem just before him only to turn ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Orange River September 10th 2013

On 5th September our African adventure was well into week 3 when considering that we had entered Kgalagdi on 15th August.You may well wonder if there are any signs of travel weariness or is there the possibility of a bit of “cabin fever”or a creeping gatvol factor amongst the four of us?We must be a very chilled and relaxed foursome as there have been zero tense moments or raised tempers.Being cool and relaxed are essential ingredients for an extended camping trip. Leaving Aus was symbolic as we were for the first time heading in a southerly direction more or less aiming at Cape Town which was then about 1200km’s away.Fortunately our destination was a lot closer and about 150km’s of beautifully tarred road brought us to a town with the odd name of Rosh Pinah.Odd in ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape » Kimberley October 22nd 2012

Hey Bloggers, i trust you are well. Today i want to tell you about my experience at The Big Hole,Open Mine or Kimberley Mine. This trip started when i visited my family in Kimberley for the first time. That was in 2008. I was excited because at the time ive never been in another provinve before besides my own. I took this trip with my father and my sister. To have a better experience we took a bus to view more of the towns we drove through. The day we went to the Kimberley Mine Hole it was extremely hot, as it usually is hot in the Northern Cape. We met our tour guide and she took us through the mine. it was amazing! The Big Hole is an open pit and underground mine and it ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Northern Cape October 17th 2012

where else in the world would you find such diversity and scenic magnificent that here in the cape wine-lands that streches along the coastline to the scenically splendid, sprawling hinteland there is more to do the winelands than tasting exquisite wine, try donkey and horse back rides through the wine-yard, picnic next to the dam as ducks and swans float by gracefully, a cheetah programme where you intereact with the fastest big cats the nature reseves in this regoin offer historical features beautiful picnic areas, hiking trails lots of opportunities to see indigenouus flora and fauna.... read more




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