4th Mar 2012
Askham to Vanzylsrus
Had a lovely breakfast at the newly opened Diamond T coffee shop, run by the lady that owns the Askham Post Office Guesthouse. Were on the road by 11am and got to Vanzylsrus 4 hours later, via Botswana for the sole reason of a nice tar road. Stayed in the lovely hotel of the town, colourful and vibrant enough to cheer the soul after a long and laborious drive.
5th Mar 2012
Left the hotel and went just outside town to a beautiful farm, set in the middle of nowhere. In fact, all that could be heard was the moo-ing of cows and neighing of wild horses. We had the place all to ourselves which was nice –a slightly dated place but nice all the same. It was so hot that night that we had to move our mattress into the cooler living room!
6th Mar 2012
Van Zylsrus to Hotazel
After breakfast which was left for us by the lovely owner of Leeupan Guestfarm, we set off for Hotazel, hoping to god that it wasn’t in fact ‘hot as hell’. Luckily, we arrived to modest temperatures of 38 degrees, a far cry than the 45 that we had become so used to. After a slight mix up with accommodation, we ended up staying with Hester on her Olive farm which turned out to be lovely. We ate that night at Kalahari Cottage, the guesthouse where we were originally meant to be staying.
7th Mar 2012
Ventured into town after breakfast and visited the local Hotazel college school which has been recently updated with all the latest technology and equipement (30 million was pumped into the college). We also learnt a lot about BHP Billiton, the mining company that is responsible for sourcing 80% of the world’s manganese. The town is well looked after courtesy of the company and it is nice to see that the town is being well looked after.
8th Mar 2012
Hotazel to McCarthy’s Rest
After a rather ‘hot as hell’ night and not much sleep, we weren’t exactly thrilled about the prospect of a 3 hour drive to McCarthy’s Rest. When we arrived, all that greeted us was a border post. It was literally a dead town. That said, we stayed our first night with Tess at Springbokpan, a lovely little place. She invited us to church on Sunday which we were touched to be invited to and happily accepted.
9th Mar 2012
The next 2 nights at Kalahari Rangers Lodge just down the road. We went on an amazing game drive and learnt a lot about the environment and the protection of the animals in these parks. It saddened us to learn that people are frequently trapping animals during the night and selling them off for high prices. More needs to be done to protect these creatures.
10th Mar 2012
Up at 5am to spot the sunrise on another game drive. We were lucky enough to virtually stand at a hyenas liar although sadly didn’t get to actually see the animals as they had retreated into the safety of their home. We did however see a herd of warthogs –a mother and her 5 babies, as well as an abundance of springbok, gemsbok, oryx and wildebeest. Said our goodbyes and headed for Bray.
…of the week:
- Towns visited this week –Askham, Vanzylsrus, Hotazel, McCarthy’s Rest
- Accommodation sponsored this week –Loch Maree, Askham Post Office Guesthouse, Hesters, Springbokpan, Kalahari Rangers Lodge
- Food sponsored this week – Diamond T Coffee Shop, Hesters, Kalahari Cottage, Kalahari Rangers Lodge
- Highlight of the week –Spotting the hyenas hide out during a Kalahari Rangers game drive
- Lowlight of the week – Learning that animals are being caught and illegally sold in the Kalahari
- Meal of the week – Meat and cheese platter at Kalahari Rangers Lodge
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