Our last (!) stop in South Africa, at least for now, was the Augrabies Falls National Park. The Orange River crosses the National Park. A couple of meters from the camping you’ll find the main attraction of the park. The exact point where the Orange River drops down several meters: the Augrabies Falls.
After about 18 kilometer through the sand we arrived at our little dream spot in Namaqua: Kwass Se Baai. We managed to make it here about an hour before sunset so we could pitch our tent and enjoy the lovely African sunset. Due to the fact that there was no one else we had the beach and surroundings all to ourselves!
We stayed a couple of days in Jacobsbaai and explored the area from there. One day we visited West Coast National Park and the next day we did a roadtrip to Paternoster to Velddrif with a stop at Stompneus Bay, St. Helena Bay, Laaiplek and Port Owen. The West Coast is really different than others parts of South Africa.
Over 50 wine estates can be found in Franschhoek and around. The best thing about these estates is that at most of them you can just show up and taste some excellent wines for only a couple of Rands. After this short intro on Franschhoek I’ll describe a typical (/our) day in Franschhoek.
We ended up staying in Sea View for about two weeks and experienced the most wonderful things. Since we did see that much and we already covered the Raggy Charters and Schotia Safaris trips there are just two remaining things to write about. Food and relaxing in and around Sea View.
After about fifty (jubileum!) days on the road we arrived in ‘our’ Sea View. It’s also in the vicinity of where both Raggy Charters and Schotia Safaris operate. We were fortunate enough to join a number of trips out on the Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth and go on a safari game drive with Schotia Safaris
While we were staying in Sea View we had the opportunity to go along with Raggy Charters on a number of whale, dolphin and penguin cruises in the Algoa Bay. Two groups of islands can be found in the bay. One is St Croix and the other is Bird Island. Bird Island is well known for its massive population of Cape Gannets.
Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa was our next destination. Since it’s close to Port Elizabeth we’ve visited this park dozens of times when we were living in Sea View 10 years ago. But we never witnessed a sighting like this.
You can make delicious food while camping. We decided to make Melanzana di parmigiana. Everthing that you need is a big fire and a Dutch oven. The ingredients are slightly simplified and therefore the name Melanzana á la Hlane.
Camdeboo is a small game park near the city of Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. The main reason for visiting this game park is not the game itself but the wonderful view on the Valley of Desolation. You also have a lovely view of the city of Graaff-Reinet. Read our blog for more.