Extinc Volcano (Brukkaros crater)
Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Then north in search of Brukkaros. Brukkaros is an extinct crater approximately 100km from Keetmans. We were not sure what to expect. As "a via" point we had a waterfall marked too. This turned out to be a dry river bed with no indication of any height for a waterfall to drop from.
We were slightly skeptical about what we would find at Brukkaros. It knocked our socks off. Wow, what a place!! Brukkaros, (once you reach the second camp site), reminds one of the Drakensburg. It is totally unutilized. It lies just short of a “town” called Barseba. The campsite at Brukkaros is a community based site. Like in so many instances before, this seems to be a recipe for disaster. The infrastructure is there, the natural wonder is there, but the management and promotion thereof is completely lacking
As hiking and 4x4 camping destination, this place should be promoted. See the photo's and decide yourself. Keep in mind that the second section of the road is bad and is definitely not for 2x4 type vehicles.
This 200 km detour to see Brukkaros was well worth it. Before getting back to Keetmans we crossed the Fish River a couple of times. Once, via low water crossing, although it was only ankle deep, it was surreal to think that we were crossing the “great Fish River” with Tuna and Lynxi.
Back in Keetmanshoop we now took a southern direction to Hobas and the Fish River Canyon. The Naute Dam is en route. We stopped to take photos of the dam and dam wall. The dam lies directly next to a huge farm with vineyards and date palms. This guy has it made! See photos.
We entered Gondwana Reserve, a reserve without fences. Many buck, jackals and ostriches, roaming without boundaries. Just before dark we reached a true OASIS. Canon Road house. To understand my enthusiasm you will have to look at the photos. A Truly unique Shop/restaurant awaits anyone who has the time to look around. The campsite is to the back of the lodge. We set up camp under a beautiful Kameeldoringboom. During the night one could hear the jackals call but otherwise dead silent. The stars seem bright here than anywhere else. They have made use of the rock to build lovely modern showers.
Next morning we spent some time taking photos of this unique place and had a marvelous light lunch before going to Hobas.