I’ve been frustrated by this road closure a number of times, not only because it means everyone has to take the longer route via Auchterlonie on the Auob river and then cross the lower dune road to get to the Nossob riverbed, effectively adding about 35km to an already long journey. And before you pooh-pooh that as insignificant, remember that the speed limit here is just 50km per hour, and the corrugations and mud puddles often mean that progress is much, much slower.
But the main reason for my frustration is that over the years I’ve had some really good sightings on that stretch of road. Five cheetahs on a red dune, a leopard with a small cub, sundry lions on a wildebeest kill, to name a few. So I’m convinced I’ve been losing out, and now was my opportunity to put that right.
I persuaded hubby to take the road north to Leeuwdril, despite his reluctance. And we found 13km of stony road that couldn’t have been good for our tyres, a few gemsbok and blow-all else. Served me right.
As for when the rest of the road will be completed, your guess is as good as mine.
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