It seems I will have to tell you where we went for the weekend…otherwise somebody else will.
Let me start at the beginning. About two weeks before the unofficial long weekend in August I decided that we needed to go away( again
). The beautiful flower photos taken in Tankwa Karoo NP put the ever busy cogs in my mind in motion but of course by then Tankwa Karoo was fully booked.
..where else? Agulhas National Park grabbed my attention. It suddenly dawned on me that in all the years I have lived in Cape Town I have not ever set foot on the most southern tip of Africa.
I managed to get two nights at Renosterkop and one night at the new log cabins. Two different places…nevermind I thought…it will just help me on my fact finding mission.
We left on Saturday morning and took a slow meander via Caledon, Napier, Bredasdorp and Struisbaai. The countryside was truly spectacular..green wheat fields interspersed with bright yellow patches being that of the flowering canola fields.
There was a definite chill in the air…I guess the snow on the mountains could be blamed for that.
My booking form informed me that we had to check in at reception which is in Main Rd Agulhas. The offices in actual fact are just below the car park at the lighthouse. You cannot miss them.
Here a very friendly and efficient Betsie checked us in. She gave us perfect instructions on where to find Renosterkop as well as showing us on a map. We in actual fact had to backtrack a bit out of Struisbaai and take a turning left to Elim/Die Dam, thereafter another left and after a couple of kms we found the gate to Renosterkop with this plaque just outside the gate.
The gate is locked but we were given a key. In other words it really is only for overnight visitors.
As we drove along the dirt road a Black Harrier came to welcome us….of course my long lens was still in the boot.
It was my best ever sighting of a Black Harrier. I was beginning to like this place.
Renosterkop consists of three cottages only( see photos on first page)….I suspect we had the smallest one.
But it certainly was adequate.
…a dinky little kitchen with a tray on the table all set for tea and coffee. All I had to do was put the kettle on…
The kitchen was equipped with a fireplace…
as well as a portable stainless braai that could be wheeled outside.
A dinky little bedroom with two single beds….
The wheelchair friendly bathroom had an enormous shower...I am sure that anybody wheelchair bound would be perfectly comfortable in this unit.
The unit is solar-powered with gas fridge, geyser and two-plate burner.. I did see some plugpoints but did not have the need to use them.
After a quick unpack I was off to explore. By now it was past 16h00 and the wind was really nippy. Birds that popped up on my walk were Bar-throated Apalis, Cape Robin, Malachite Sunbird, Wattled Starlings, Pied Starlings, Speckled Mousebird, Cape Francolin, Fiscal Flycatcher, Hadeda, Cape Crow, Grassbird and Cape Batis.
I also met up with three scruffy looking sheep.
Once you have arrived at Renosterkop there are no more roads for you drive on….one can walk and walk and walk though..
There is plenty of bush clearing going on at present…I suspect it may be bushes that were burnt in the fires that are being cleared. All in all a very peaceful place to be …..it gets my vote anytime.
To be continued.
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.