40 years of Kalahari visits. part 5

by Lourens
(Benoni)

Danie on his knees but made it to the top.

Danie on his knees but made it to the top.

Danie on his knees but made it to the top.
this gives an idea of the actual height of the dune.
Camel thorn tree that if it could talk would have great stories to tell.
Transport of the days gone by.At Witsand reception.

As promised last time here are a few Witsand photos or as it is also known 'roaring sands of the Kalahari'. The roar coming from the sand at certain temperatures and wind conditions.

With Jannette in hospital, (she had to wait for 6 days before the hip was attended to due to that the right pins and components had to come from Johannesburg) we took a day trip to Witsand. Spent time exploring the dunes and then climbed the actual roaring sand dune in the heat of the day.

Danie being a bit heavily built suffered a bit but with the help of his wife Antoinette made it to the top. Got rid of his shoes halfway up. The view from above and on top of the dune is spectacular and worth the climb. The road from Groblersdal side was not that good but with caution we did alright. On our way back Danie wanted Fish and chips and we stopped at a cafe in Groblersdal advertising freshly made chips. When they say 'freshly made' it was fresh as they peel the potatoes in front of you cut the chips and then fried, more fresh than that you will not get. The treatment Jannette received in the Mediclinic in Upington was 5 star and the nursing staff actually cried on the day that she was discharged as she was there for 10 days. On the day that we traveled back it was a continuous drive of 15 hours as there was about 6 stop and go areas where they were working on the roads.

Will eventually post some photos of game in the Kgalagadi transfrontier park next time around.
Lourens

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Mar 28, 2014
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I love the pic of Danie on his hands and knees!
by: Basil

Friends can be cruel :-) - making their unfit buddies crawl up to the top of the dunes!

Mar 27, 2014
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Town name correction
by: Lourens

I have to make a correction as thetown we had Fis and chips in was Groblers hoop on thebanks of the Orange River.

Lourens.

Mar 27, 2014
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Yes, good info
by: Ferdie

I wonder if there are any good stop-overs like these on the route from Cape Town?

Mar 27, 2014
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Nice info, thank you!
by: Norman

I had no idea that there were so many interesting places to stop at on the way to and from the Kgalagadi! We usually get in the car and don't stop driving (well one brief stop in either Kuruman or Upington for fuel) until we arrive at Twee Rivieren. We need to add at least one of these stop-overs on our next trip!

Mar 27, 2014
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I know how Danie must have felt!
by: Jenny

When we went to Sossusvlei in namibia we had to climb a similar dune to get to Deadvlei and I nearly ended up on my hands and knees!

Mar 27, 2014
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Thanks for posting these stories Lourens!
by: Mario

We've seen the Witsand signs on the way to Upington but never really considered going there - it looks enticing!

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