Sunday, 3 August 2008

Cape Town to Windhoek via Kgalagadi, Fish River Canyon and a 1 kg steak

Having left Cape Town to go to Franschoek for our 'final' supper (which we enjoyed massively) we then finally headed north to start the outback/camping life. The first stop was Beaverlak National Reserve, just for a night. The decent to the camp site was very rough, and we engaged four wheel drive here, only a few hours from Cape Town (hurraahhh).

The next stop was Springbok, only as we had to sleep, but even if the town is very dull it turned out to be a nice night. We went to the local steakhouse, Taurus, where Christian happily found they had a 1 kg rump steak on the menu at the moderate price of around 70 danish kroner. As a price for finishing it (as he duly did, including all the chips, veggies and half a dessert) he now has his name on the wall in this restaurant. So if any of you are ever there, be sure to check it out, and please sent a picture of it :-)

While digesting the steaks we moved on to Augrabis Falls National Park, which is a nice place with tons of Dassies (nice little mammals of some sort). We had a couple of great days with a bit of hiking, and brushing up on our camping abilities and most importantly braai'ing skills (BBQ'ing to most of you guys...)

From there on we headed into the Khalahari, or at least the fringes of it. We spent three days in, and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, which is a wonderfull place. Unfortunately on the way there I ran over a mongoose or maybe meercat (see our front page picture), which is very much a favourite animal of mine, so we now have our first road kill... could it only have been a cat or bird or something. In the park we were quite lucky, we saw tons of Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeast, Hartebeast, Foxes etc, but also a Lion strolling next to the car, two Cheetas resting after a meal and a Caracal (quite rare at daytime).

From the Kgalagadi we crossed into Namibia, heading for Fish River Canyon, which is the worlds second largest canyon. Just before we reached the camp site there was a sign that it was closed and we had to go to Hobas at the other end of the canyon. Luckily they had room for us. The canyon itself was very nice.

After a couple of days we went to Windhoek, where we are now. The city itself is nothing special, but there are restaurants, internet, cinema and even vegetables of the menus! This is very much a meat lovers paradise. Steaks are never less than 300g, and you get very little vitamin. After an afternoon i Windhoek we found out that Namibia is an hour behind South Africa, which explained a lot of things, such as the sun taking forever to set over the canyon, why people had looked oddly at us for going to bed at 21.00 (or 20.00 as it turns out) etc.

From here on we will head north with the Flojgaard clan, going to Etosha, then back down the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund and finally to Sossusvlei and Sesriem. Thereafter they go back to Denmark, and will start planning the next leg of our journey.

We hope you are all well, and please leave comments on the blog!
















7 comments:

Lena M.E.A. Fink said...

Hi Christian!
Your journey sounds amazing! Great that you are keeping us updated; love to read about your adventures :-)
Look forward to read some more!
Hug
Lena & her little family :-)

Simon Birkebæk said...

Heya...

Super lækkert at høre at i har det godt... Det lyder bare fantastisk.. Glæder mig allerede til at se flere billeder og høre mere hehe... 1kg steak? Er det ikke næsten en challenge til Allan? Jeg har set fjæsbogen, glæder mig helt vildt... Skriver lige uddybende i morgen.

Knus,

Simon

Allan said...

Simon har ret... det ER en challenge... OR IS IT?!?!? Jeg må desværre for princippets skyld underminere din begejstring for dette ellers meget respektfulde stykke kød - men jeg har altså onduleret en 1,3kg steak med "all you can eat"-fries.. Og jeg åd dem - ALLE SAMMEN!!
MuhahahaHæhæhæhæHohohohHIHIH MUHAHAH!!!

PS: Christian har du skaffet dig en gøb endnu? Send billede af den! :)

PPS: Det er gas, det ser ud som om i har en mega fed tur! Hyg jer alle tre!

Henrik said...

Hej alle sammen.

Vi er glade for at høre at det går godt. Emma og Laura vil også gerne til Afrika efter at have set billeder og hørt lidt.

Vi har haft to super uger i Toscana med sol, badning og god mad/vin/is/cola mv. Vi oplevede også et kæmpe tordenskral lige uden for vores lejlighed. Det lugtede helt svedent efterfølgende.

Hanne er lige taget til NY og LA et par uger, så vi har det hele for os selv......

I får lige Klaus R's mobil nr. +264 855 510 084, hvis i vil besøge eller får brug for hjælp.

Fortsat god tur og appetit.....

Kh
Emma, Laura og Henrik

Matilde said...

Hey!

Fedt at læse om Jeres tur - selvom jeg næsten måtte lade en lille tåre for Jeres første road kill!! Det lyder virkelig som om I oplever en masse - og jeg kan ikke vente til at læse næste indlæg. Håber I nyder hvert sekund. (ps - det regner og er lorte vejr i Danmark hvis I vil vide det!!!)

Knus
Matilde

Ashley said...

Hi Thomas, Christain and Pernille

We are gald to hear that your trip is going well. Be careful out there. Keep those reports coming. Have you discovered Biltong yet. Tafel Beers are the Best in Nam.

Enjoy, remember as slow as possible and as fast as necessary.

Regards
Ashley and the rest of your new friends in Cape Town.

Mads said...

"Meat lovers paradise" ... Måske jeg skulle ha' været med alligevel :)
Nå, men det lyder og ser jo stadig ud til bare at være super lækkert dernede i Afrika, og jeg får da kun mere lyst til at komme derned. I den nærmeste fremtid blir det dog kun til en uges tid i et regnvådt Holland :)
Dejligt at i er så gode til at holde os opdaterede med både tekst og billeder. Bliv endelig ved med det.
Fortsat rigitg go' tur alle tre. Glæder mig til at høre mere.