Today we start our blog Fearless on four wheels. To record our adventures together.To hopefully inspire others to get out there and do stuff. We will give you some practical information on our travels, some info for disabled travels and hopefully the motivation to go out there and travel yourselves. The Fearless on four wheels team is Kareen Broodryk and Louis Broodryk. Kareen will be doing most of the camera work and Louis will do his best trying to capture our experiences on paper.
We left Cape town in the dark on the first leg of our 10 000 km trip through South Africa,
Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Heading north on the N7 to Van Rhynsdorp and then turning towards Calvinia. I will call this traveling through Pink Floyd country side with the wide open spaces. The landscape was dry but with a lot of green in between. As we progress we started seeing more and more quiver trees, big birds nest on telephone poles, but it stayed greener than what I expected. After a stop in Calvinia to buy Namaqua lambs chops and wors (sausage) we aimed for Brandvlei. In the end we decided to stay overnight at Kenhardt. 150 KM from Augrabies as the late night packing and 800 km drive was catching up to us. We booked ourselves in to Elma’s self catering which was great quality and value for R400 ($40) a night. Road in very good condition with a lot of lay byes (rest stops), and people say we life in a country with deteriorating infrastructure Not so.
The next day it was a quick 150 km to Upington the biggest town in the Northern province of South Africa. We made a quick pit stop to do some shopping and then headed west to AugrabiesNational park. Augrabies is a very nice park for a short visit, well run with good amenities, Thank you Sanpark. I must give them one tumb down for no disabled toilets in the campsites. We spend 2 days in AugrabiesNational park sorting out “what we forget list” and fixing a few things. We saw a lot of Dassies (hyrax), naughty baboons trying to break into people’s tents and geitjies (gecko). For most of the time we appreciated the barren rocks and moon landscape-like scenery and bird life. The Augrabies water fall is a spectacular sight and seeing the power of water over rock and how it erodes the landscape is amazing.
We left Augrabies national park at the crack of dawn, after not setting the alarm the previous evening and waking up at 5:45 instead of 4:30 as planned. We had 1050 km of hard driving in front of us, Leaving Augrabies for Upington and then north east passing through mining town Olifantshoek, Kathu, Kuruman and Hotazel (pronounced Hot as Hel) and then hitting 110 km of dirt road to Mc Carthey’s rest and the South Africa/Botswana border.
After passing through the border quickly, assisted by very helpful friendly staff on both sides, we hit the road to Tsabong. The road condition was ok descent tar, but narrow, without a shoulder and lots of livestock. Therefore we had to drive slowly to avoid a few potholes and plenty of cattle, donkeys and horses.
Mokopong and Werda followed to the north east and then we turned north to get to Sekoma, 130km on where we had to take the A2 Trans Kalahari highway. We arrived in Sekoma at dusk, discovering that the petrol station only sold diesel. The helpful lady at the shop introduced us to Eric, whom sold us 10 litres of unleaded (we think) out of his garden shed for 13 Pulas a litre, just 3 Pula more than the pump price, but when in need. It was getting dark quickly and we had 160km to get to Kang, where we wanting to camp overnight. Due to the amount of wildlife and livestock it is not advisable to drive this road at night. We decided to push on put on fast music and slow driving, with a stop for coffee to make sure we kept our eyes on the road. Kareen was very nervous and “extremely helpful” with alarming shouts of “cow-cow-cow” as soon as she saw livestock on the road.
We made it safely to Kang at about 20:00, and after a light meal and a drink each, we pitched our tent and fell asleep. We woke up without an alarm earlyish the next morning to a brilliant Kalahari cinema sunrise.
The Kang Ultra stop is ideal for an overnight stay with rooms, camping, a restaurant, shop and fuel. The staff was also friendly and helpful assisting with our questions regarding where to change Dollars to Pula etc. See the picture of their innovative water saving techniques in the toilets.
The next morning we had a hop skip and a jump of 550 km to Maun the closest big town to the Okavango delta. The drive was a breeze compared to the night drive to Kang. We took our time appreciating the changing landscape of central Botswana. The African landscape with long brown grass and trees varying in density. The big open skies that make you slow down and appreciate the great planet we live on. We arrived in Maun a spread out town with everything a tourist would need to visit the delta. We were just passing through but decide to take a lazy day of doing nothing after our days of hard driving.
We found camping at the Sedia Hotel after enquiring at a few places. Great camping site
with lots of shade. We spend our lazy day chilling, doing nothing, a bit of shopping and a late boozy lunch by the pool to get ourselves recharged for the next drive north to Kasane and then Livingston.