Cpt - Drakensberg Trip - Africamps Oudtshoorn

I was sad to leave Mountain Zebra National Park. Not only because of the beauty and the wildlife but because it meant that our trip was coming to an end. One more stopover at africamps before heading back home. 

We had been to Africamps in Pat Busch in Robertson before so we knew exactly what we were getting in terms of the actual accommodation but didn't really know anything about the area. Turns out Outdshoorn in summer is hot. Fucking hot. There is an air-conditioner but it hardly made a difference. Those thin tents bake in the sun, so it was safe to say the place was hot. 

After cranking the air-con up to full, we finally started to cool down and make some plans for dinner. A good old South African potjie was on the cards and with the awesome built in braai area on the balcony, it turned out to be one of our best meals of the trip. (If I do say so myself)

The idea around going to Africamps was firstly to find a stop over so we didn't need to drive too far to get home, but also for a place to relax and do nothing for a while. Just unwind and reflect on the trip and recharge, so that when we got home we were properly rested. The was a genius idea from the wife and it made all the difference. We had such a mad rush, to even get the trip going with finding our car and moving house all the month before, that these last couple of days turned out to be some of my favourite. 

There is not much to do there so the days were filled with readying and relaxing. When the sun started going down it got a little cooler which was perfect time to walk down to the dam and photograph a few birds and take in the beautiful mountain that surround the place. 

There is a pool and shop and the main reception, which is perfect if you have kids and there are loungers for the parents on the deck so you can relax under the umbrellas.Bu aAfter the chaos of the last couple of weeks, all we wanted was the peace and quite and decided to stay far away from the pool. 

The drive home was uneventful and I must admit the stay was too. But that was what we wanted for the last couple of days. 

We arrived back home to a house we hardly knew and I can tell you a secret, as soon and we arrived, all I could think about was when we were going on our next trip. 

 


Visual Diary


Fact Sheet:

Kilometer Traveled (total): 472km

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wBXm4xorsaC2

Accommodation: Africamps Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn

New birds ticked off the list: 5

  • Karoo Chat
  • Red-billed Teal
  • African Spoonbill
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Kittlitz's Plover
Gareth