In the old days, before 20 stop-and-go roadworks blossomed on the N7 and R27 between Clanwilliam, Calvinia, Brandvlei and Kenhardt like Namaqualand flowers in a good year, we used to drive from Cape Town to Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 10- to 11-hour comfort. Now, with the stop-and-go’s pruned to about a dozen, 10.5 hours will still only get you as far as Keimoes in the green Kalahari.
We’ve pitched camp on one of the shady, grassed sites with excellent ablutions, braais, taps and river views (R110 per adult). If you do this in the winter months and you camp next to the river, just be prepared for a really cold start to your day. But if you’re seasoned campers, not sissies, this is just part of the process and you’ll appreciate the campsite’s 4-star grading.
It was so pleasant that we couldn't tear ourselves away and ordered supper from the Ibis restaurant. My Greek salad (R45) was enough for a table of four and hubby’s chicken schnitzel and chips wasn’t bad either, though he’d have preferred the chicken to be slightly less well cooked.
Some people stop over closer to Cape Town, perhaps at Calvinia, on the way to Kgalagadi but we prefer to get the longest part of the journey over on the first day, leaving just under 300 kilometres for the next morning so that we arrive inthe park still fresh and enthusiastic enough to go for a game drive. Stopping at Oranjerus helps us to do just that.
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A lush stop-over for tired travellers in the green Kalahari
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