Gannaga Adventures

Tanqua Karoo National Park Panorama

Trips to the lesser known parts of Southern Africa

 

Ceres - Wupperthal - Loeriesfontein - Brandvlei - Verneukpan - Sprinbokoog - Witsand - Augrabies - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park : April - May 2010

(click the link to download the whole trip in MapSource format - gdb- CeresToNossob.zip)

Day 1
Ceres - Wupperthal - Loeriesfontein
Followed some new back roads
Came across quiver tree forest some km's before Loeriesfontein.

Quiver tree on way to Loeriesfontein

Loeriesfontein - the wind pump museum is really worthwhile a visit.

Wind pump Museum at Loeriesfontein


The town is clean and the people are very positive and friendly.
We camped at the agricultural showgrounds (R40 pppn) - toilets and showers available - talk to Boeta Nel - 083 635 6629.
There are also very basic rooms.

Day 2
Loeriesfontein - Brandvlei - Swartkop - Verneukpan
Tried to view bushman paintings at Varskans - missed our appointment with Klaas Louw (054 603 0135), who has to be contacted before entering his farm.
Lunch at the ever popular Windpomp Restaurant in Brandvlei.
Phone Annice Salzmann at Verneukpan (078 594 5441) before leaving Brandvlei to ensure that she is at the Verneukpan reception office.
The camp site is 10km from the reception.

Camp on Verneukpan
Do not go to the camp if it is raining or rain is expected - you may be stuck for many days.

Verneukpan
Camping at Verneukpan costs R80pppn

Sunset on Verneukpan

Day 3
Verneukpan to Sprinbokoog via back roads.
We encountered no vehicles at all.
Camped at Springbokoog. Toilet and shower (heated by a very efficient donkey) available. 

Spanners and Lucille at Sprinbokoog camp site
Lovely camp site.

More engravings
The owner, Rina van Wyk, was our excellent guide to the main Bushman engravings - she may not always be available.

Bushman engravings at Springbokoog
You need to book in advance (072 824 3858).
Costs: R30 pppn camping, plus R20 pp to visit the engravings.

Day 4
Springbokoog - Van Wyksvlei - Marydale - Witsand Nature Reserve
Had a problem with a previously public road between Van Wyksvlei and Marydale being closed  - there is a huge piece of army land in the way and one has to drive around it.
Saw quite a bit of game and an owl before we had to turn around.
The route we chose was also devoid of traffic.

Day 5
At Witsand - rest day and drive around.
The roaring sands did not roar because of the good rains in the area.
At least my granddaughter Mariska enjoyed sliding down the dunes.Mariska at Witsand Dune
Game was very scarce.

Day 6
Witsand - Augrabies Falls NP
I can recommend following the gravel road to the south of the Orange River. It takes a lot longer but the scenery is much more interesting.
The blue apes are a real nuisance and you have to put everything away.
I had an ape in the front of my bakkie.

Day 7
Augrabies - Noenieput - Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

On the road to Noenieput
The roads were in a surprisingly good condition - I have found the roads very corrugated in the past.
All shops and the petrol pump were closed at Noenieput when we arrived there - it was lunch time.

Day 8
Twee Rivieren

Ground Squirrels
The roads inside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are absolutely shocking.
My 100l water tank cracked again (last year the same happened).
Other visitors also experienced damage to vehicles and trailers.

Day 9
Twee Rivieren - Nossob

Gemsbok in the KTFP

Day 10
Nossob
Lion at Nossob Bird Hide
Day 11
Nossob to Spitskop Private Nature Reserve
Give yourself time to go on the 35km game drive - we saw plenty of blue wildebeest and zebras.
Camping R80pppn - very clean ablutions.
Chalets are also available.

Day 12
Spitskop to Ceres.
Took the Kliprand turn off before getting to the Calvinia - Williston road.
This road is used very little and has very many gates.
We took 1,5 hours for 75km, but the scenery and desolation make this a worthwhile deviation.
Did not actually get to Kliprand - we joined the Calvinia - Kliprand road 10km before Kliprand.
The Tanqua Karoo road was in a good condition this time round, but we met literally hundreds of cars on their way to the Afrika Burn festival, causing loads of dust.

Total distance travelled 3300km.