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  • Day9

    Tag 8

    January 24, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück fuhren wir mit den Jungs an einen Strand wo sie Surfen wollten. Angeblich ein wunderschöner Strand. Das wollten wir nicht verpassen und haben uns entschieden, sie zu begleiten.
    Nur wussten wir nicht wo genau dieser Strand war. Nach 2h Autobahnfahrt quer durch Afrika, dachten wir schon, dass jetzt dann mal Namibia kommt😂😂
    Mit dem offenen Jeep der nicht mehr als 120 km/h hergibt, viel Wind und schwierigen Strassenverhältnisse waren wir dann schon ganz froh am Ziel zu sein. Da wir auch nicht wussten, dass es soweit weg ist, war der der Jeep nicht vollgetankt. Was zu einem weiteren Problem führte. Weil Tankstellen im Nirgendwo gab es selten bis nie. Zum Glück waren die Jungs mit ihrem Auto dabei. So waren wir nicht alleine. Auf den letzten Tropfen haben wir es zur Tanke geschafft. Es war ein spannender und lustiger Tag den wir im Auto verbracht haben und somit auch ein anderes Südafrika sehen konnten.
    Ach ja... mit surfen wurde nix. Zu wenig Wind😂
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  • Day14

    Karoo highlands route (R27)

    January 3 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Turned off the N7 at Vanrhynsdorp and got myself some petrol. Started getting into more Karoo type country and also noticed that the world around me was drying out.

    Was thinking that lunch would be a good idea so looked up some places on TripAdvisor. Bagdad cafe was suggested and so I set off to find it. It was further out than I thought but well worth the stop.Read more

  • Day14

    Vanrhynspas

    January 3 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Just after the Bagdad cafe and it was time to climb up onto the plateau that is the Karoo. This is done by climbing up Vanrhynspass. I’m not 100% sure if it’s one word or two (or even three).

    The pass itself is quite impressive and goes up very steeply and very quickly. Do not be stuck behind a bus or truck while attempting this pass because the name is misleading and there is nowhere to pass. I stopped a few times on the way up and the ire looking down were impressive as well as desolate. About two thirds of the way up there was a truck that on its way down (mountain side not a drop to nowhere) had obviously got quite tired because it was lying on its side having a nap. It wasn’t evident to me why it had fallen over but it was a reminder to not do anything silly while driving home.Read more

  • Day14

    Cape Namibia route (N7)

    January 3 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Left Cape Town on Friday to get the car back to Joburg. Taryn and the kids were flying home on Saturday. I decided to drive the long way round and went up the N7 via Piketberg (looks awesome) it’s just over the Berg river with some amazing mountains in the background that must have good hiking.

    From there headed over the Pienaarskloof pass which had a busy coffee shop at the top but by the time I decided a coffee would be a good idea I was past it and heading into Citrilusdal. So I stopped at a picnic spot and made my own.
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  • Day10

    Cape Town to Paternoster

    February 12, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Crack of dawn rising to drop Christine'Polly Parrot' at Cape Town airport to catch the first camel to Johannesburg . Had a great time with her and look forward to seeing her in the future. We had lots of fun.

    Vasco took over navigation and we hit the coast road without incident. Bit like Wales here, PC Plod with a speed gun round every corner but without PCEvans's sense of humour! Once out of Cape Town,the world is brown. The terrible drought is more apparent here than anywhere else. We saw some dead sheep and all livestock is suffering. Even the Ostriches are dusty. A long drive to Langebaan, a two lane road from horizon to horizon. I didn't know the Romans got this far south! Stopped briefly in there to check the place out - Great Kite Surfing and fishing country plus an Iron Ore mine, so some very large bulk carriers anchored off. No reason to hang around so off to Paternoster. Snook in a late lunch at a restaurant on the beach (packed out) but worth the wait for a plate of prawns and a few beers. Castle Lager of course!

    Accomodation superb, albeit a little isolated. After a late barbie of Boerewors and chicken, double bolted all entrances and exits. Can't have Mrs G making a run for it! Waste of time as we had a thunderstorm with huge squalls which would have made her hair go curly. I don't like locking myself in without my Browning. Every creak wakes me up but any trouble and I would set Mrs G on them. God help the Burglar.

    Paternoster itself is an old fishing village and probably hasn't changed that much in decades. This morning (weather not great) we went down to the beach and bought twelve crayfish for about £25 - that's our supper tonight! .... and another couple of nights too!. Enjoying chilling out - not a huge amount to do here but we'll have a busy week in Botswana next week so nice to have a quiet few days
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  • Day11

    The Real Africa!!

    February 13, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ -2 °C

    2days of rubbish here,we seem to have got out of sync. However,driving north yesterday fact finding for future visits. First stop St Helena bay across the same dust bowl. We are told that the Karoo is 1000miles of this. St Helena a nice port but nowhere to lunch and much the same as every other coastal village. Ok, then to Cape Brittania named after the square rigger that hit the shoals there in 1847 and went down, and Stompneusbaai round the corner. Never found it and suspect it was where the cannery now is! Lots of lovely yet inexpensive houses on the beach ( very Greek style) ,but no infrastructure. A week in these places would make you slit your wrists!
    Paternoster is a hot spot with its' two restaurants. We ended back here for a late lunch before cooking crayfish on the indoor barbie. (Not a great success as more smoked than grilled.) However, boiled the rest in salt water New Quay style and had them with a salad and a couple of bottles of Zonnenbloem Sauvignon Blanc. Really boring day with a lot of driving but things livened up that night. ( Not Mouchey Pouchey, you understand!) Very windy and we locked up at about 11ish. Lots of creaks and groans from the house but noises were not quite right! Went downstairs to track down the squeaks. They were coming from outside a window and sounded as though someone was trying to unscrew the outside hinges. Gave a firm knock on the shutter and the noises stopped and that was that. This morning the 2 screws holding the hinge were gone! We got the boss over this morning and he apologised for the drug infused Cape Coloureds . Apparently these are the root of most of the problem. Anyway he left Frans, a Slovenian,no teeth, does Frank know him I wonder?) to do a repair. He rescrewed the hinge back, looked fine but I thought I would check, just in case you understand,and took the screws out with my fingers. This is so Africa! Anyway,I sent him packing to get some bolts. I came back to find him holding a drill bit in a pair of molegrips and trying to drill the hole! Borrowed a drill from the builder 20 yards away and the job was finished,finally. The rotten burglar tried another door but fled without his pliers! Really,I mean a Ramraider would not get in here. Still miss my Browning but if he comes back tonight I will set Mrs G on him.
    Lazy day after that.Walked the beach to see the fishermen landing the crayfish and had an early lunch. Chilled in the sun and we went for a dip. This water is very cold but hard core RG plunged. Mrs G said she did too but her shoulder were still dry and her nose an inch longer so she only paddled.We watched a lovely sunset(dead romantic), and bolted ourselves in for the night. Where is my Browning, but hey Ron, I would probably miss the b******d!
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  • Day5

    Maltese Cross Hike

    January 9 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Und ich sag auch noch "gut dass wir nicht auf den Berg müssen. Stell dir vor jemand wandert bis nach ganz da oben" naja.. Hab dann später von oben runter geschaut...
    Vier Stunden waren wir unterwegs aber es hat sich total gelohnt!

  • Day9

    Stellenbosch & Franschhoek

    February 11, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Early start, Shelagh wanted us to get to Hermanus early but we didn't realise quite how long it was going to take us with all her 'plans'!,,,
    Our first instruction from Shelagh was to stop off at the Delaire Graff' winery in Stellenbosch. what a beautiful place - gardens, sculptures, great food, great wine and guess what, we saw the ORIGINAL ( Blue Lady??? jane. Says). Chinese lady by Tretchikov ,the copy of which was given to daughter 2 months ago. I knew I should have kept it as an expensive knock off. (1million pounds apparently). We had a light lunch,small tasting and came away with a case of Cab Franc Rose. A great experience in magnificent scenery and awesome sculptures to boot. Long way round but worth it to see why they are water rationing the Cape. The biggest reservoir is dust bowl, no water, just dry. This was really frightening to see so expect your Cape apples to be more expensive. This is the fruit bowl!!
    Graff winery is one of the finest in Stellenbosch. It is famous for both its wine and its art, especially its bronzes of Cheetahs. Fab gardens. Enjoyed a small tasting. I did not want to overindulge as alc driving not appreciated, and with Jane and Chris navigating did did not want to do even more miles,tyres nearly bald already! Great views over the Stellenbosch valley. A real must for visitors. None of this costs a bomb although Graff is Relais et Chateau!
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  • Day9

    Hermanus - Big Reunion

    February 11, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We left Graff and arrived at the T junction. The front said Left, the back Right. Decided to back Mrs G in the front (Obviously)! Very tricky driving a car when Vasco wants to go one way and 'Amerigo' in the back seat the other. A car cannot go 2 ways at once. However common sense prevailed and we went past the biggest dam supplying Cape Town with water. Nothing less than a dust bowl. Dead old trees, no water, like something out of a John Wayne Western. Really frightening as this is South Africa's fruit bowl. Apples, oranges,lemons,etc,etc, as far as the eye can see,but no rain.
    Most beautiful drive down to the coast with Polly Parrot (Christine) giving a running commentary all the way. God the SA women can talk! ..... but we did it and didn't get lost - much! Vasco great. Found Shelagh's lovely house in Hermanus and hugs and kisses all round. 38 yrs is a long time! The ladies with so much catching up to do gave Murray a chance to fill me with beer. It was very hot mind you!
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