We spent two nights in Jo Burg at a very nice B&B. The Outlook Lodge is an early century home converted in to a very comfortable lodge offering excellent breakfasts and service to match. We’ll be spending four more days at Outlook at the end of the South African potion of our journey.
On the 12th and after some hassle we had our rental car delivered and we headed off on the morning of the 13th for our 1,500 km drive to Cape Town broken up by a stop in Colesberg on the 13th and a stop in Karoo National Park on the 14th.
Colesberg is a small farming town and the area is know for it’s lamb. We stayed one night, had a great lamb dinner at a nearby cozy restaurant, a great breakfast the next morning and continued on to the Karoo
Karoo NP is a wildlife reserve in the Great Karoo area of the Western Cape near Beaufort West and is a semi-desert area covering 750 square kilometres. The park is a sanctuary for springbok, gemsbok, Cape mountain zebra, buffalo, eland, kudu, ostriches, lions etc. It is an amazing landscape formed over 280 million years. We arrived early in the afternoon and headed out in our Toyota Corolla for a 2 1/2 drive on a 50 km loop of gravel road where we were lucky to see some of the animals mentioned above. Our accommodation was excellent and offered an amazing view of the flat-topped hills of the Great Escarpment and the evening silence that permeated the area is hard to describe. You can literally hear your blood flowing through your ears. Karoo was the perfect appetizer for things to come.
On the 15th we headed onward to Cape Town passing through spectacular countryside, snow-capped mountains and the Cape Wine lands in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The views were awesome.