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Camdeboo

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  • Day10

    Karookoppies

    December 3, 2016 in South Africa

    We arrived in Graaff-Reinet where we are staying in Anthonij Rupert's hotel for the weekend. For those of you that don't know, the Rupert family is one of the most successful and wealthy families in South Africa. The hotel is amazing with beautiful pools and Cape Dutch style architecture.

    The Friday evening after arriving we went to Mark and Dorrette's rehearsal dinner which included a braai (lamb and boerewors) the traditional South African way. It was great catching up with all our friends over some Castle Lites, Savannahs and wine.

    Today it was all about getting up early, having breakfast at 6:30 and leaving for our hike in the Valley of Desolation before it started getting too hot. The weather forecast for today is 43 degrees, so it's going to be a scorcher! The views from the National Park were breathtaking! It's mind blowing how the rock formations and cliffs were formed by nature millions of years ago and it's living proof of the great powers of God. While on the hike we also stumbled upon baboons, monkeys and the ultimate highlight, two beautiful Kudu bulls.

    Heading back to the hotel now for some chilling by the pool before we start getting ready for the wedding.

    - Chris
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  • Day10

    Graaff-Reinet adventures

    December 3, 2016 in South Africa

    Arriving in Graaff-Reiner was like driving into the middle of the desert. The sky was bright blue and cloudless, and the landscape was barren and very arid. We enjoyed the pool at our hotel, and baked in the dry heat, with humidity levels under 10%, it was unlike any weather I'd experienced before.
    Friday night we found ourselves surrounded by friends at Mark & Dorette's wedding rehearsal dinner. We enjoyed some Karoo lamb and shared our plans to manage the expected heatwave Saturday.
    Saturday morning we were up at 6am, which was still an hour after sunrise, and headed up to the Valley of Desolation to enjoy the amazing views before it got too hot. The landscape was breathtaking, and at ~1,500 meters above sea level, you could look down to see the birds flying below our lookout point. I enjoyed all the views except the one of Christiaan perched on the edge of the rocks. I told him next time I'm taking out life insurance on him before a photo op like that again!
    After relaxing by the pool in the early afternoon heat, and a relaxed lunch at a local restaurant, Polka, it was time for the wedding! My first Afrikaans wedding, and the pastor was nice enough to give us an English summary every few minutes. Mark & Dorette both looked so happy and in love, they didn't stop smiling the whole night! From the church we headed to the reception for dinner, dancing, and lots of (Afrikaans) speeches. The after-party kept us out until 4:30am, so we finally turned in just as the sun was coming up. A wonderful day celebrating two of our favorite people!

    -Laura
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  • Day100

    Graaff-Reinet

    November 22, 2016 in South Africa

    Eine kleine Stadt, kaum 20.000 Einwohner die Hauptstraße heißt natürlich Churchstreet und führt, wie sollte es anders sein, zu einer perfekt ausgebauten Kirche im englischen Stil.

    Wir übernachten bei einer älteren sehr liebenswürdigen Dame, vermutlich englischer Herkunft, die mit ihren 2 farbigen Hausdamen 4 Zimmer vermietet. Sie kennt die Zeiten der Apartheid also noch persönlich. Auf uns macht sie einen aufgeschlossen Eindruck, zu Ihrem Personal wirkt sie familiär und kein bißchen von oben herab.

    Am Abend fahren wir zum Aussichtspunkt "Valley of Desolation" und gönnen uns den Sonnenuntergang mit toller Aussicht auf die umliegenden Berge und die Stadt.

    Später wird dann noch gegessen in einem wunderbaren Restaurant, wo wir die einzige unter 50 sind und alle Gäste weiß sind. Das Personal hingegen ist komplett farbig. Es wirkt aber alles sehr entspannt und die Leute gehen sehr angenehm miteinander um.

    Unser kleiner Rundgang durch die Stadt zeigt wieder in was für verschieden Welten weiß & schwarz leben. Einerseits ist man sehr glücklich über seine unverschuldete Hautfarbe und damit verbunden Privilegien, andererseits sehr betroffen um das Schicksal der anderen.
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  • Day21

    Dag 20 - Graaff-Reinet

    February 4, 2017 in South Africa

    Vandag besoek ons die Camdeboo- nasionale park: rooikatte in die bossies, 'n geelslang wat wegseil, kuddes gemsbok, eland en huppelende springbok. Ons draai by Winterhoek, 'n gerestoureerde ou plaashuis wat binnekort oop is vir besprekings (die uitsig is iets anders) en eindig die dag by die Vallei van Verlatenheid in die heilige teenwoordigheid van spreeugesang en reënbuie wat trek oor die wye vlaktes. Camdeboo Cottages in die dorp is waar die Weg Agterpaaie-span hul koppe rus vanaand.Read more

  • Day23

    Dag 22 - Nieu-Bethesda

    February 6, 2017 in South Africa

    Van die Uilhuis se sementstandbeelde na Tant Evelyne se huisrestaurant waar ons onsself disnis eet. Dan opklim in die NG kerk se toring om te sien hoe Oom Lou die horlosie opwen, en daarna terug Doornberg toe vir 'n sonsondergang-uitsig oor Kompasberg (én 'n reënboog).

  • Day24

    Dag 23 - Wellwood, Nieu-Bethesda

    February 7, 2017 in South Africa

    Die Rubidge-familie van Nieu-Bethesda is sinoniem met twee dinge: skaars Karoofossiele (versamel deur familielede oor dekades heen) en spogmerinos (gesog by kopers regoor die land). Die plaasopstal by Wellwood is ook iets om te sien, omring deur 'n enorme tuin en grasperk, ou bome en historiese buitegeboue soos 'n skeerhuis wat al vir 'n eeu of wat in diens is. Die weer bou op, en wanneer die eerste druppels val, groet ons en kies in die vroegaand koers na Murraysburg.Read more

  • Day1

    Gooi diesel, Graaff-Reinet

    September 11, 2016 in South Africa

    Tyd vir koffie ook. Nog so drie ure om te ry, in die donker. Eers Cradock toe, dan plaas toe - waar die eintlike pakwerk vir ons reis na die ewenaar in alle erns begin. (Kyk hoe mooi lyk ons Fortuner...)

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