Off To The Northern Cape

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The last time we went to the Northern Cape we fell in love with the remoteness , character and charm of this big province. Sometimes we drove for over a 100 km without seeing another vehicle or person. Wherever we stopped the locals made us feel so welcome.Our end destination was the Richtersveld National Park , due to the distance ( we did the return trip in a day ) we decided to do two stopovers as there were a few things that we wanted to see. The trip through the Richtersveld was with Radio Sonder Grense and took two days with camping along the banks of the Orange River at a self sufficient campsite and a second night at Sendelingsdrif overlooking Namibia- a beautiful spot. Our first night saw us at Red Sands Lodge just outside of Kuruman , the next morning after breakfast we headed to Kathu where the local tourism association had its offices in a giant dumper at the local petrol station. After collecting pamphlets we headed off to the Augrabies Falls via Upington and then on to Pella where we visited the old Catholic Church . We were now surrounded by dunes and weavers nests. After tea in Poffadder we made our way to Okiep for the night. The next day the local tour guide took us out into the battlefields to view the British Sangars (forts) in the veld as well as the site of the train station where Denys Reitz and GeneralJan Smuts were collected and transported to Port Nolloth on the first leg of the journey to Vereeniging and the convention which saw the end of the Anglo Boer War.Later that day we joined our group at port Nolloth where we overnighted before heading into the Richtersveld . The countryside was stark with amazing rock formations and a unique beauty. Our convoy drove slowly ,mindful of excessive dust yet it still allowed us time to stop and explore. The trip was not without event as we had one breakdown as well as a vehicle that caught fire- both of which we were able to repair. After dinner everyone headed for bed , the next morning saw ablutions in the river and an early start that enabled us to get to Sendelingsdrif before nightfall . Early the next morning we said our goodbyes and headed back to the big smoke that is Jozi.

From a photographic perspective the trip presented numerous opportunities. As such Cross Country have decided to revisit the province later this year to take pictures and report back to our readers on the road trip. We will however deviate from this route and cut down from Keimoes to Kenhardt which is part of the famous Quiver Tree Route – the Quiver tree or “Kokerboom”is a symbol of this part of the world and in the landscape presents some amazing photographic opportunities which we will share on allterrain. We also hope to visit Verneukpan south of Kenhardt for some additional photography, signal permitting we will share photos on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Verneukpan is visited in the rainy season by numerous birds when the pan contains water .The flat surface is about 57 kilometers long by 11 kilometers in width, in 1929 Sir Malcolm Cambell unsuccessfully attempted to set a new land speed record in his Bluebird- more details will follow prior to departure , follow us at www.allterrain.co.za

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