During April SO and I decided to undertake a trip which would be a first for us. This trip would be very different to what we had become accustomed to over the years. We had never visited this part of the world and had looked forward to it for many months. If you want to see pics of animals, animals and more animals please don't read any further. During this trip we simply put our feet up and enjoyed some of the best scenery that South Africa can offer and this will be appropriately displayed in the many photographs that I took. This trip took us to the Tankwa Karoo National Park, The west coast section of the Namaqua NP and we finished off with a few days in the Cederberg. I know the Cederberg area is not a SAN Park so if the mods feel that I should leave this section out please inform me.
We departed from Grahamstown on the Thursday afternoon before Easter and headed for a farm stay just outside Steytlerville.
We had a very comfortable nights sleep in a delightfully restored cottage before heading off early the next morning. Just before passing through Steytlerville we stopped at this well-known landmark
Fortunately the road was quiet and we stopped for a coffee break just before reaching the cement section of the Steytlerville / Willowmore road
A fuel stop was required in Willowmore and whilst filling up we spotted the "Willow Limo" passing by. How nice it was to see well kept donkeys who were certainly really friendly fellows, allowing SO to cuddle up for a photo
Our next stop would be Prince Albert. We decided to follow our GPS and took the gravel road to Klaarstroom. This proved to be a good choice - the road was in excellent condition which meant that we could make good time on this short cut. The countryside was stunning and we never passed another vehicle on this 90km stretch of road. The inner man needed some attention by the time we reached Prince Albert - certainly a lovely little town. We stopped off at a well known boarding establishment to have a bite before tackling the final leg of the journey to Tankwa.
Soon after passing through Laingsburg we turned right and headed up towards Sutherland - the first time that we had been on this road. It is certainly a lovely drive as you climb up towards the coldest place in SA. About 40km before reaching Sutherland we once again trusted our GPS, yurned left onto a very un-used gravel road and allowed the GPS to direct us to the entrance of the Tankwa Karoo NP. This was also a beautiful drive and the road not too bad. At one stage we thought that our GPS had let us down because we thought we were certainly heading in the wrong direction. However, we eventually arrived at the sign which took us into the Tankwa so we breathed a huge sigh of relief. Here the roads deteriorated dramatically so we slowed down to a snails pace as we headed towards reception - these roads have a reputation of being tyre eaters" ". We were very relieved to see this sign as we turned off to reception
The reception is housed in a restored farm house. The staff were very friendly and check-in went smoothly
We were booked in at very remote Biesjesfontein for one night and then the popular Langkloof camp site for three nights. As we left for Biesjesfontein this Spotted Dikkop greeted us at the turn-off
It was getting a bit late and we still had to head west for about 30km to reach our very remote camp site. The twee spoor track ensured that going was a trifle slow but this enabled us to soak up the unbelievable scenery as we headed out into the plains leaving the Roggeveld mountains behind us. We immediately got a sense of absolute solitude which was exactly why we were here. WE passed Pramberg was was basking in the evening sunshine before reaching the turn-off to Biesjesfontein
In the distance we saw the old Biesjesfontein farmstead which had been abandoned years ago.
We wasted no time setting up camp for the night. We enjoyed a lovely braai and simply sat up late admiring the unbelievably bright stars and hearing nothing but our own breathing - AWESOME to say the least. We felt as though we were the only human beings on the planet.