Most of you that know me will be aware of the fact that I absolutely love the KTP and normally visit it once to twice every year. I have started to wonder if I have jinxed myself or have I just been unlucky? Let me start by giving you some background.
My last visit was March this year and I went camping with my Bushlapa caravan. I have been experiencing some back problems for quite some time and undergone a small back procedure +- a month before I left. I travelled with a back brace but unfortunately hurt my back again (further?) maneuvering the caravan in the sand and had to return early. I was very disappointed but at least I knew I had another reservation for Oct / Nov this year.
I was scheduled to depart on 26 Oct and only return on 4 Nov, what a time to look forward to (famous last words)
A week before I departed I developed a hell of a rash on my arms, lower legs and back which was very itchy. After several visits to the doctor, including a dermatologist a diagnosis of a viral infection was made. The itching disappeared after a few days and I did not feel too bad. Obviously I decided to go ahead and leave for KTP (it was planned as a solo photography trip) including Rooiputs, Polentswa and ending in Grootkolk.
After the first night at TR I left and setup camp in Rooiputs, luckily at number 3 which has very nice shade. Without being too dramatic I started feeling really bad, lost all taste sensation and experienced some joint pains. After 4 nights, before moving north I decided to not venture further from my loved ones and possible medical assistance and returned home
(I ended up really feeling bad for quite some time and was eventually booked off work for 2 weeks) In hindsight (which is an exact science) I should probably not have gone, not being 100% ok (ja vrou ek weet)
In this rather shorter than anticipated trip report I will share some of the experiences during my strange visit. Pack your picnic bags and join me on the trip.