Watching the cloud roll over the tops of the hills on the way into Oudtshoorn

On the road again -To Oudtshoorn

Another trip down the country after being at Hippo Creek less than 2 weeks. This time heading first to Johannesburg 300km away, and on overnight whilst delving into our storage unit for some essentials. The bikes were coming with us on this trip as we hoped to get in some riding along the way, as…

same same but different

Hippo Creek Cottage lives up to its name

No sooner than we had arrived back home to Hippo Creek Cottage, it stopped raining and we had our very own snorting grunting eyeballing hippo telling us exactly what he thought of his “intruders”. Being somewhat shy, Harry the Hippo was only above water for a moment or two at a time, but stayed for…

Water, water everywhere...

Leaving Trawal – the return journey

And so it was time to bid farewell to Mike, Hope, George and Edward and leave Trawal. But first was a promise to George to see him again soon, at Mark’s wedding, which, with my accent got heard as Mike. So young George was delighted that his daddy was getting married!!! Needless to say I tried…

Grapes anyone

9 Days in Trawal

Nine days that just flew past…we could have stayed a year and still not had enough of the place, though we may have outstayed our welcome by then!! Mike, Hope, George and Edward were the perfect hosts taking time out to show us some of the local sights, as well as absorbing us into their…

The long and (not so) winding road...

Arriving in Trawal

Today was 293 km from Springbok toTrawal, and technically I guess we are now on Day 9. The temperatures were now only in the high 30’s and the terrain became somewhat more interesting -but still not much in the way of traffic, which was great. Again not much to see in the way of towns…

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Day 8 of 8 to Trawal

Day 8 Time to leave Augrabies Falls National Park and continue on our way towards Trawal (pronounced Travaal). A short return to the main road, back past the vineyards, which having spent a few days at 40+ degrees I am still amazed at the fact there are grapes growing in such an arid environment. I have…

Climbing Moon Rock and feeling very insignificant

Day 6+7 of 8 to Trawal

Days 6+7 Augrabies Falls National Park…probably a spectacular time to visit would be during the wet season when the river/falls are in flood (April) -although judging by the headquarters photo display of previous years this could also be a risky time to visit!! Perhaps there will be another chance for us to work around April dates…

Temp gauge in the car

Day 5 of 8 to Trawal

Day 5 Undertook a bit of exercise this morning by clambering up the rocks in Spitzop Nature Reserve before breakfast and just enjoyed views and the cool air. Sadly Tony got stung on the cheek by some flying insect on the way back down -not such a good start to his day! Back at the lodge…

Wall art

VanzylsRus Hotel

Just a small aside about VanZylsrus Hotel… an absolute oasis in the midst of the heat of the desert. Travelling closer and closer towards the Namibian border, and heading more into semi-desert with every kilometre driven, we were somewhat anxious about what the accommodation would really be like, especially once the tarmac ended. However arriving…