On Tuesday we drove from Cradock in Eastern Cape province to Oudtshoorn in Western Cape province, a distance of about 400km. Along the way we visited the Camdeboo National Park near the town of Graaff-Reinet. Camdeboo means "green hollow" and the area is principally flat farming land surrounded by large mountain ranges.
The park all but surrounds the town, with most game found near the Nqweba Dam. We saw ostrich, vervet monkeys, duiker, springbok, black wildebeest, blesbok, red hartebeest, gemsbok and steenbok. None of the species appeared to be here in large numbers.
|Inquisitive Vervet Monkey|
|Valley of Desolation|
As we moved further south west the mountains got a lot bigger. The country then reminded us of parts of the south-western US. You'd drive across a set of hills and find completely different country with different farming (or none).
|On the road|
|Spectacular plains surrounded by mountains|
|Clouds lapping over the Kammanassieberg|
We arrived in Oudtshoorn, capital the "little karoo" region mid-afternoon. The town was once known as "the feather capital of the world", and there are still a huge number of ostrich farms in the area. Recently it has become an arts and cultural centre and is quite "posh". Parts of it reminded us of Subiaco with what we would call "federation style" houses in nice tree-lined streets.