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  • Day9

    Calvinia to Tankwa

    September 4, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The drive through Calvinia on a Sunday was uneventful to say the least. In fact it seemed like the whole town was hibinating!

    To my surprise, a few people were at the local Spar, which closed at 13h00, doing some last minute shopping.

    We took the road from Calvinia to Middlepos then came down the Gannaga Pass into the park. There were still flowers on the road at the top, but hardly any in the park.
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  • Day10

    Langkloof Campsite #1

    September 5, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    At the end of a "dead-end" we got to our 1st night's accommodation. An old farmhouse once stood here, which has now been modernised with gas geysers, flush loo's and very civilised showers and kitchen facilities.

    After what started as a very warm evening in the rooftop tent, from 02h00 to be exact, I want sure whether we were going to land up in Calvinia or Beaufort West. The wind howled incessantly, stopping every 10 minutes or so, just enough for one to dose before starting up again.

    So glad we'll be in fixed accommodation for the next 3 nights!
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  • Day10

    Langkloof - the story

    September 5, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After very little sleep, we got up to huge cloud banks and even a couple of drops of rain....

    While having breakfast, a bakkie came ambling along. What we thought were the next campers, turned out to be the grandson and nephew of the man who had owned built the original farmhouse which now stands in tatters next to the new kitchen and bathroom.

    Johann, introduced himself to us and over a cup of coffee told us the story of Langkloof farm.

    The old farmhouse to the left of our campsite, was originally owned by his grandparents, and the house where we camped belonged to his uncle who lived there until about 20 years ago. They were sheep farmers who lived in the area for many years.

    He told us stories of how they as kids used to slide down the rocks on pieces of "Botterboon" trees, much to the horror of their parents as the these trees left a nasty red residue which wasn't easy to remove from their clothes! They also used to walk up into the kloof to hunt, taking no water along in temperatures often in excess of 40 degrees! When they returned, and reached the river, they simply swept away the frog slime from the top of the water and drank deeply to rehydrate! Crazy ...

    He also told us how some of his uncle's Boerbokke roamed into the kloof opposite the farm and bred there. They became totally wild, were extremely hardly and rather aggressive.

    About 2km from our campsite are the remnants of his grandparent's farm. The windmill still turns, bringing precious water to the water basin, once used my their livestock, now only used by the birds and I guess occasionally by some of the game in the area. Under a couple of Bluegum trees are 3 graves which belong to some of his relatives.

    All in all, an interesting morning.
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  • Day10

    Tankwe National Park

    September 5, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Having visited this area exactly 3 years ago, which was a colourful wonderland, we were greeted by dry, drab, dusty roads and very little colour. Apparently the very early rains meant that the flowers were in bloom the 2nd week of July!

    Although a little disappointed, we got to see a different side to the park to when we were here last.
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  • Day10

    Tankwa Guest house

    September 5, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Although a welcome relief from the howling wind, the accommodation is a little "out of the ordinary" for the area.

    What was once a Lucern farm, the old farmhouse had been turned into a 3 bedroom shared facility. Each room has it's s own bathroom, but the communal area's are shared.

    There's even an enclosed courtyard with a swimming pool!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Atlantis, Атлантида