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Overland Safari 2 – South Africa

The South African Diary…. (is much shorter than the others)

Day 27: Crossing the border into South Africa was pretty exciting for a couple of reasons. The first being that we were getting closer to our final destination – the very beautiful Cape Town. The 2nd being that we would be taking the road through the gorgeous wine country and stopping along the way for a little taste testing. This first day in South Africa though was spent at Fiddlers Creek Campsite beside Orange River. Although you couldn’t really call it Orange – the water was quite brown but apparently ok to swim in or canoe in. We were quite happy just to sit on the banks.

Entering the gates of Fiddlers Creek Campsite which is situated beside Orange River...

Entering the gates of Fiddlers Creek Campsite which is situated beside Orange River...

The murkey waters of Orange River...

The murky waters of Orange River...

Day 28: Our final big day of driving and we arrived at Highland Winery just outside Springbok. This beautiful establishment was the perfect place to spend our last night of Overland Camping. When the tents were all set up, everyone showered and dressed up a little to enjoy wine tastings in the afternoon sunshine. A cheese platter was served and then a selection of Klawer Cellar wines were enjoyed well into the evening.

Reaching Wine Country just outside Springbok, South Africa...

Reaching Wine Country just outside Springbok, South Africa...

Setting up the tent for our last night of camping... actually no, in a week there would be another tent set up in Madagascar...

Setting up the tent for our last night of camping... actually no, in a week there would be another tent set up in Madagascar...

The perfect way to end a trip with a little wine and cheese platter...

The perfect way to end a trip with a little wine and cheese platter...

What a selection....

What a selection....

Day 29: Back on the road again one last time, we made our way to Cape Town and within about 3 hours we were looking at Table Mountain from a distance. Approaching Cape Town we were reminded of this stunning city that sits along the waterfront at the most southern tip of South Africa. We checked into Ashanti Lodge by midday and had the next 4 days to see a little more of Cape Town.

En route to Cape Town...

En route to Cape Town...

Approaching Table Mountain...

Approaching Table Mountain...

The Upgrade!!!!!

The Upgrade!!!!!

A final note on Overland Tours with Africa Travel Company – the staff that led us on both trucks were extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. As mentioned all the staff that looked after us through ATC were African people from either Kenya or Zimbabwe and they work incredibly hard. Many of them are parents with partners and young children still at home and due to the nature of this work, they spend months on the road away from their loved ones. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff and the service we received through this company.  In saying that we were thrilled with both Absolute Africa (our first Overland Tour) and ATC. These tours are the best way to see so much of Africa and in a small way immerse yourself a little into African culture and lifestyle.

Our fabulous knowledgeable guide... Manda!!!

Our fabulous knowledgeable guide... Manda!!!

One of our fabulous cooks Themba taking a well deserved break...

One of our fabulous cooks Themba taking a well deserved break...

Even Zenali our driver was prepared to help out with other jobs...

Even Zenali our driver was prepared to help out with other jobs...

The wonderful Sophie cooking up a storm...

The wonderful Sophie cooking up a storm...

To see photos of our last few days on the Overland Tour, please see our gallery:

Hot Air Ballooning, Cappadocia

Tigers in India
MADAGASCAR VOLUNTEERING
GORILLA TREKKING
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