Upington to Kgalagadi

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Augrabis to Kgalagadi

Augrabis and Kakemas is HUGE grape country! I believe they say they are one up on the Cape. I would not have believed it, but having driven through the area, I do.  A couple of wineries otherwise, I think, mostly table grapes and raisins.  

It is simply marvelous to see such a prolific farming area and community.  This is what the citrus industry used to look like a couple of years ago.  We are well impressed.  Dried fruit of any kind is for sale and fresh dates can be bought just about everywhere.  A real novelty for us.

Chasing time to get to Upington we went through a little town called Keimoes.  Also, great farming community.  Arriving in Upington we stopped at "Eiland Holiday Resort" just across the bridge.  What a letdown.  Rundown and nowhere close to the river.  We canceled our booking and drove 24 km back in the same direction we came from (but on the other side of the river) to a place called ORANJE RUS.  Now that's what I am talking about.  Beautiful place, right on the banks of the river.  Well maintained and upmarket.  Lush green grass and big shady trees.  Just the spot. Can recommend it to anyone.

We had a few things to do in town.  The one gas bottle had been leaking and we needed to fill the both of them.  They were not able to repair it and so we just had it filled again.  We cannot replace it as the number 10 gas bottles now have a different shape and does not fit into the trailers bracket.

Could send a parcel of to Layla and then went back to camp to get going with the blog.  We fall behind from time to time as there is not always reception to use the internet.  So please be patient.

We are on the way to Kgalagadi at the moment with full water tanks.  A gentleman at the camp was telling me that they stayed in Kgalagadi just before coming and suffered a -9 degree night.  Ooops!  What we getting into? Can just hope that the duck down will be good enough. I am glad he mentioned it as the water in our tanks will freeze over so we have to make sure that they are not too full and that we leave the caps open.

We are following the RED Dune route along the tar road as we have to get to Kgalagadi before the gate closes.  We will be staying in Twee Revieren, Nossobs and Mata-Mata (One night each).

The vegetation has changed to more of a savanna style and near Van Zylsrus and Askam one finds lots of trees.  Kameeldoring  trees.  Carlos says that while I have been typing he has noticed lots of road kills – porcupine and foxes etc.

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