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!