We have written some post about stuff we did while we were in Cape Town, but that was the time before the overland tour started. So this post is about the time we spent in South Africa on our organized overland tour with Sunway Safaris, and this post will be more like a diary…
The first day of the trip we met the whole group for breakfast at the guesthouse, some papers had to be signed and passport and insurance had to be checked. When everything was okay and we all were ready, we walked down to the truck we were spending the next 20 days in – A big red truck with seats for 12 passengers in the back and storing rooms for luggage, food and all necessary equipment. They had cooler boxes in the back where we were sitting, and they filled it up with ice (almost) daily, and there were also power outlet to charge multiple devices.
The plan for the day was to drive to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.
Arriving at the parking lot at the Cape Point we walked on our own up to the old lighthouse, and we had some stops on the way up to check out the viewpoints. It’s really beautiful out there, and we were so lucky with the weather. Also have to mention that just a few days before we went to Cape Town they had a big bush fire on the Cape Peninsula, so the road had been closed for days.
Pictures were taken and we started the walk towards the Cape of Good Hope, only a short walk away. It took some time, as you have to climb and walk in rough terrain. But everyone in our group made it, and the oldest was almost 80 years old.
We stopped several times on this days drive, to enjoy the view, shop at markets and eat lunch before a walk down to Boulders Penguin Colony to watch all the penguins.
Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world. It has been built boardwalks as a measure to allow for viewing of the penguins, whilst keeping them safe.
After this day’s road trip we went back to the guesthouse to freshen up before a dinner at the Karibu Restaurant down at A&V Waterfront. The whole group did go together.
We enjoyed a good meal and had a great time out before we headed back to the guesthouse for packing.
The next day we met again for breakfast and morning briefing, and then we checked out and brought with us our bags to the Red Elephant (the truck).
With us we also brought memories of some great days in the city and we were ready to say goodbye to Cape Town for this time.
We were about to begin the great African adventure on the open road all the way from Cape Town, through Namibia and Botswana to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe – a 5400km long journey!
We were not ready to leave South Africa just yet, so we had one last night in the country. We drove to Cederberg for a night in lodges out in the wilderness, and the group was split up in three lodges and we shared one with our two tour leaders; Pumi and Dee.
We arrived quite early in the day and wanted to explore the area, but first we had to eat some food! For lunch it was chicken salad, and in a way everyone did something to help; some chopped vegetables, others put the plates, cutlery and other supplies on the table, and when we were finished eating some took the dishes.
With food in our stomachs we drove to a camp or something in the Cederberg Wilderness area ready to hike up in the mountain. The plan was to walk all the way to a waterfall, but we had to throw in the towel halfway; it was so hot, and I had an incipient migraine going on.
Back at the truck we walked to the little natural pool at the camp, and I decided to wade into the water – few minutes later I swam with all my clothes on, and then Jon went in too. It was so refreshing and I couldn’t care less about my clothes.
On the way back to the lodge I sat in the front of the back where I could dry up without getting the interior wet.
Jon and I helped out with the dinner since we were eating in our lodge, and then I had to go to bed without eating – That’s the life with chronic migraine. The others ate and cleaned up after themselves before everyone went back to their rooms – we had plans to get up really early the next day since we had a long day with driving a head of us.
It was still dark when we got up, but we packed up and ate a simple breakfast before we jumped into the truck. We drove for 7 hours or so before we entered the border into Namibia. But more about that later!
On a tour like this almost every meals are included; breakfast, lunch and dinner (except restaurant meals). And the lunch that day we had just beside the road. We had all the camping equipment in the truck and the water thank was filled up in Cederberg, so we had it all. We put up the tables, and everyone cleaned their hands (there is a strong focus on hand hygiene – no one wants to get stomach troubles) and prepared the food. There are also chairs for everyone in the truck, but after hours sitting in the truck it worked just fine to stand and eat. We actually love the simplicity with the lunch roadside because you get so close to the nature, and what more could you want on a trip like this?