Batis and Bass is nestled along the upper reaches of the Breede River, between Worcester and Ceres, just over an hour from the mother city.Continue reading “Batis and Bass”
The Long Way Home
We thought it would be useful to close off our Botswana series with some options for the return leg of the trip from Kasane in the north of Botswana.Continue reading “Botswana Series (4)”
After enjoying the hustle and bustle of Botswana’s frontier town Maun, head north for 40km on good tar road to Shorobe. Thereafter the tar gives way to good gravel for another 25km, where you need to turn left towards South Gate, another 30km away. All up it should take you one and a half hours, maybe two, allowing for time to deflate your tires. This last stretch is already in a game area, where you can expect to see just about all the wildlife you will encounter in Moremi itself, because there are no fences around Moremi. We saw plenty of impala and a large herd of elephants.
Maybe it’s the unspoilt wilderness, maybe it’s the friendly people, maybe it’s just Africa; or maybe it’s because we had our unforgettable honeymoon there all those years ago, but something keeps drawing us back to Botswana.
So, for these reasons and many more, we decided to write about our epic Botswana itinerary, which we recently completed for the third time.
Being our honeymoon, the first time we obviously went alone, back in 1991. Bright eyed and bushy tailed we embarked on an adventure, into a Botswana that was still relatively undiscovered. Blissfully unaware of the various hazards one must contend with, like soft sand and water crossings, we dived right in, with no idea how to use that old Land Rover. The second time, when we took our 4 kids to retrace that honeymoon, we again travelled alone, albeit equipped with a decent 4×4 and some basic skills to use it.
The point is, this trip can easily be done solo, provided the necessary preparations are taken. So this year, we decided to share this special trip with family from Austria and South Africa who share our sense of adventure.
Home to the Big 5, as well as one of the densest Elephant populations in Africa, and offering a truly unrivaled biodiversity – The Addo Elephant National Park is not to be missed.
The Addo Elephant National Park has come a long way since we first explored it in the late eighties when it consisted of what is now the central section!
Since then the park has been extended to include the coastal Colchester and Woody Cape sections to the south, as well as the northern Darlington, Kabouga, Zuurberg and Nyathi sections.Continue reading “Addo Elephant National Park”
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction, and there is a very good reason for that; the Kruger National Park scenery and plenitude of wildlife will capture a part of you forever. It’s a place everyone should experience – at least once in their lifetime.
Where is the Kruger National Park
At nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it is the size of a small country and stretches for 360 km north to south along South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique, and 65 km from east to west. And unlike its bordering famous private game reserves, like Mala Mala and Timbavati, the Kruger is exceptionally accessible; there are affordable accommodation options to suit all pockets.Continue reading “Kruger National Park / Krueger National Park”
Houdenbek is a campsite on a working fruit and vegetable farm in the Koue Bokkeveld near Op-die-Berg in the southern Cederberg.
It is a restored monument situated in the Skurweberg mountains. The air is fresh and unpolluted with uninterrupted views of the unique rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains.
We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the rock formations and identifying pictures in the rocks while appreciating the magic of the rocks and mountains. It is distinctive to the Cederberg and a unique experience not to be missed.Continue reading “Houdenbek – Koue Bokkeveld”
Klipkrans is a private game farm and campsite located on a particularly beautiful stretch of the Breede River near Worcester. It is the closest camping facility on our largest river from Cape Town, being a quick 1-hour drive (just over 100km away).
The game farm is not especially large, but you will see gemsbok, blue wildebeest, zebra and springbok. There is an easy 4×4 route on the farm which offers some spectacular views. However, the main attraction is the 2.5km river frontage on a broad, slow-flowing part of the Breede River.Continue reading “Klipkrans – Worcester”
De Drinken is a campsite located on the Berg River near Moorreesburg. It is conveniently close to Cape Town (about 1.5 hours’ drive), and yet you feel like you are in another world. The camp site is situated on a working farm, called Drie Heuwels Farm.Continue reading “De Drinken – Moorreesburg”
Rivierzicht is a campsite located on the magnificent Breede River, 13 km before Robertson. We found Rivierzicht a few years back when we researched campsites that has accommodation options for non-campers as well. All our friends, campers and non-campers alike, spent a weekend together and we were all hooked on this getaway spot, which ticks so many boxes for such a diverse group. It is conveniently close to Cape Town (about 1.5 hours’ drive), which makes it a “go-to” place for us Capetonians.Continue reading “Rivierzicht – Robertson”
What Is The ShooAway
This little gadget is such a clever chemical free fly repellent that just keeps going. We have been testing it for about a month now and it is a must have when those flies keep hanging around. We spend a great deal of time cooking and eating outside, whether camping or at home and flies are always a problem. In the past we tried everything from fly nets to fly tape. Now we use this one little gadget that works like a charm to keep the flies away.Continue reading “ShooAway Fly Repellent”
What Is A Braai
A Braai, in the South African culture, is the art of cooking meat over hot coals. The word originated from the Dutch word braden (roasting) and evolved into the verb braai. A braai is not just a way of cooking in South Africa, it is a social event that brings people together and it is definitely associated with fun and togetherness. Everybody in South Africa is a braai expert and everyone has their own braai, vegetable side, salad or drink speciality that completes the event. If I can give you a heads up…..never use the word barbeque at a braai.Continue reading “Stoking And Fanning The Braai Fire”
With the spicy fragrance and the sound of crinkling leaves still fresh in our minds from our visit to Platbos Forest, we were excited to explore Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The profound calming and healing powers of forests and water is well documented but, what we didn’t expect was that once you have had a taste of it, you long for the next dose of forest meds. We were ready and excited to discover life in this precious forest.Continue reading “Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve”