After the contradictions of Cape Town and the Langa Township tour,our Acacia Africa group of 21 got on our truck and headed North in South Africa. Yes people, just because the country has ‘South’ in its title, you can still travel North, East, West AND South – who knew?
What I found funny was the total lack of feeling that I was in Africa. Instead I went from feeling like I was in the UK then through Europe and finally, landing on Mars.
This was all before we spent our first night in
Spain/France/Italy the Highlanders Campsite which over-looked the guy’s vineyards and the mountains. Not a bad place to spend your first night camping when the view from your tent door looks like this…
Even the showers had the same view with glass-free windows looking out on it…genius!
As it was our first night together, Sparky, the owner of the campsite cooked us all a gorgeous meal though since most of the group had been on his wine-tasting tour earlier in the evening, I think they enjoyed the meal because it soaked up the alcohol more than anything else haha. A lovely introduction to camping though and I was intrigued by my first night EVER in a tent. Yes people. Before this trip not only had I never been in a tent but never camped either. I told you; I find it easier to jump into the deep end in life; you’re bound to swim eventually right?!
I’d liked to say that we had a good first’s night but quite frankly, even after the six weeks were over, I can STILL say that it was our worst night’s sleep EVER! We ‘knew’ it could get cold at night in South Africa. What we didn’t know was just HOW cold it could get. The sleeping bags we were in and the 5 layers we had on? Didn’t even keep us at core temp! We were so cold that most of us didn’t sleep and took us the entire next day to finally warm up. I would say that it was so cold my nipples could have cut glass but quite frankly I could have cut through diamonds with those puppies! Yowzers!
We then moved on to our final stop in South Africa which sat right on the border next to Namibia…
Where I’m standing and snapping the photo is South Africa (obviously ) but straight ahead is Namibia and you can swim across the river and say that you touched (but not inappropriately of course) another country! The water looks nice and calm but there’s a strong undercurrent which gets you if you’re not careful. And no, I didn’t swim over. Drowning on my second day wasn’t the plan though a couple of the group did it and came back safely. FYI, the son who helps run the campsite is smoking hot (even when he does where a sarong). Just saying.
So what did I think of South Africa as a whole? Well I’m not going to say that I have an objective opinion because I only really spent a few days there and I kept to the West of the country but from what I saw I would definitely go back. Some of our trip group had been based around Durban and Johannesburg and they enjoyed themselves. So would I go back to explore more? Definitely! If you get me the money, I’ll get you an experience you won’t forget =)
Catch me next time as we head on over to Namibia, my second favourite country of the whole trip!
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