The adventure starts....
Trip Start Aug 17, 2003
76Trip End Jun 04, 2004
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It did brighten up though, and we did get our first spot of wildlife watching - seeing baboons, an ostrich, an eland (type of antelope) and loads of dassies (a bit like marmottes without tails, which are unbelievably apparently the elephant's closest relative!!!)
When we left the Cape, we drove to Boulders beach, where penguins have been breeding for about the last 15 years
We then drove north through pouring rain to our overnight stop, Citrusdal. Fortunately the trip leader realised she would have a mutiny on day one if she expected us to camp, so managed to find us a chalet to stay in instead... Which was much better, although scary to think it's the last bed I'll sleep in for 2 weeks!!!
A distinct added bonus about where we were staying was that it had hot springs. So we all headed off through the pouring rain to the hot baths. They were absolutely gorgeous - and it was a very weird sensation to be sat in bath temperature water, with sleet coming down on your head!!
The following day was 8 hours of driving to get further north, which was pretty tedious, but certainly saw changes of landscape - from the lush Cape winefields and citrus groves into semi desert - and so flat!!!
Yesterday we were in Augrabies Falls National Park, which is based around a waterfall on the Orange River
Today we've had a couple of hours in civilisation with the chance to shop (buying thermals, blankets, hats, gloves!!) and email - and then we head off further north in the truck. We drive tonight to Twee Rivieren camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (between
SA, Namibia and Botswana) and start 2 days of game drives!!!!
With the weather apart, which we're all slowly starting to get to grips with (wearing all your clothes in one go overnight seems to do the trick), it's been a great start to the trip - can't wait to see what the next 4.5 weeks bring!!