I’ve heard it described as a combo of the Sani and Bloukrans passes, with a smidge of Tsitsikamma beauty thrown in for good measure. I’m talking about the Baviaanskloof, which lies between Willowmore in the west and Patensie in the east, somewhere between the Karoo midlands and the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
If you ever find yourself in the Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape – and you really should at least once in your life – stop in at Boetie and Henriette Terblanche’s Rietrivier info centre to discover more about what’s ahead.
In my previous post I hinted at trouble in paradise but eventually the 4x4 trailer's tent and canopy are up, the side-flaps and drawers and slidey bits are open and we’re ready for action. Which means plopping into a chair with a beer to watch the setting of the sun. Finally we get a taste of what we came here for.
We’re pooped. Exhausted. Beat. Bushed. As the Afrikaners say, we’re boeglam. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
If mountains, open spaces and the dustiness of arid regions turn you on, if you yearn to get away from the hurly burly of the city and park yourself somewhere where you may not see other people for a day or two, then the Tankwa Karoo National Park is the place for you. We’ve just come back and it blew our minds.
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