Da Bo in die Groot Karoo…

On Wednesday we turned our backs on the belching traffic, the demented south-easter that matched the frenetic-dizzy-dizzgusting-glutt of Christmas shoppers and headed up the N7. We drove for 5 and a bit hours to a farm roughly 20 km out of Nieuwoudtville – the quaintest, sleepiest little dorp that lurks on the southernmost boundary of the Northern Cape. It is a fascinating part of the world, where the Knersvlakte meets the Bokkeveld Plateau, Fynbos proteas and restios hob-nob with succulents and other desert-loving species, and the rivers, oceans and tectonics together have carved out a feast for the eye over millions of years…

We stayed at Papkuilsfontein – a glorious farm steeped in history with wonderful crumbling ruins of dwellings dating back to 1780s scattered about. There are three beautifully restored self-catering stone cottages, tucked away in a remote corner – a healthy 3 kays away from the main farmhouse. We stayed in the best of the bunch (we reckon) – set on the edge of a koppie with sweeping views from all the windows.

I could wax lyrical about this incredible place, with its mish-mash of fynbos, semi-desert, big skies, jagged rocks and bushveld all rolled into one. But I won’t – I will let the photos speak for themselves…

More to follow (about some of our wildlife experiences) in the next two posts…

2 thoughts on “Da Bo in die Groot Karoo…

  1. Amazing pics! Look forward to hearing more….. sounds like you had an amazing time!!! Another gem of a place to put on our list for future sx

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