The best way to experience Spitzkoppe is by camping. We climbed a rock to watch the sun set with a wine in our hands. Back at the campsite we made a fire and ate a lovely meal under the stars. Because the sky was so clear we could see the Milky Way. What a wonderful place!!!
While staying on the edge of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib, we hiked on the property of the Namtib Biosphere Reserve. Just before the sun became too hot we made it back home. We were lucky enough to see two ‘klipspringers’ along the way!
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!
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
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.
Mountain Zebra National Park is really beautiful. There are a lot of special animals that you don’t see anywhere else. Next to that the landscape is magnificent. High mountains and endless plains can be found here. This park is a hidden gem in the Karoo. Check out our cheetah tracking adventure..
The Drakensberg was waiting on us. Since the weather was perfect for a hike we decided to do the Grindstone Caves – Cateract Valley trail. Eight hours (!), six river crossings, three waterfalls, wet shoes, a wet map, ten liters of lost sweat further we arrived back at the camp. Check out the Drakensberg drone video.