De Hoop is actually three massive campsites and we chose the third to set up home in. We planned on staying a night but both knew we weren’t leaving for a while so we took particular care making sure everything with out camp was as perfect as the setting. We choose a large tree that… Read More Another night in De Hoop
I woke in Sendelingsdrift to the sounds of Johan and Pieter giggling madly while they most ineptly tried to dismantle their tent. The vervet monkeys were back and ready of action, taking up their respective positions around the camp. We were surrounded. Johan’s breakfast banana was stolen from his hand, my apple core from last… Read More Surviving Akkerdis pass
Kuboes was not, as the guidebook suggested, full of singing and dancing children and wise storytellers. It was windy. It was hot. And if I’m honest I can completely understand why the inhabitants gave up dealing with tourists in favour of sitting around looking broken. It was a Sunday so it is possible on Mondays… Read More Sendlingsdrift
The road from Eksteenfontein is the most wretched and depressing road I have ever had the pleasure of traveling on (and I’ve lived in Turin). Even the pied crows had forsaken it. Now might be a good time to confess that I love birds. Birds are by far the most interesting animals on the planet.… Read More Eksteenfontien to Kuboes
There are few places in the world where you can hit three national parks in one day but the Richtersveld in South Africa is one such place. I was excited although worried that perhaps we had bitten off more than we could chew as we were covering a few hundred kilometres in one of the… Read More Eksteenfontein
Until we reached the Orange River the trip was less holiday and more learning. Learning how to set up camp quickly and usually in the dark, learning how to master my camera under less than ideal conditions, learning how to pee as my ancestors had. Sadly, some skills did take longer than others. Arriving at… Read More The importance of The Queue.
Springbok is the kind of place you ought to like. It’s the heart of the Namaqualand spring flower route, it’s got gorgeous sunrises and enough alien looking quiver trees to make you feel like you’re on holiday in a very unique and far-from-home place. But for some unexplained reason spending time in Springbok is like… Read More Springbok again.