Crossing the border into South Africa
Got up about 5:25am and departed camp about 6:40am. Had to go back as bloody Sue had left her wallet somewhere. Today our destination was Highlanders campsite in Citrusdal
near Trawal, a wine-growing region of South Africa. The border crossing was uneventful but painfully slow. Once over the border it was just a long monotonous drive through hot barren desert landscape. We stopped for snacks at an awesome supermarket (I bought a caramel brownie and a spinach and fetta twist among other yummy things!) then continued on our way. Most of us were bathed in sweat when the sun was coming through our side of the windows. I tried to sleep some of the way but I'm not sure how successful I was! Arrived at the campsite, run by a guy called Sparky, an electrician, sometime after 3pm.
Crossing the border at Orange River
Some people had lunch but I was already full. Relaxed for awhile then put up the tents - several of which subsequently got blown down the hillside by the strong winds and had to be awkwardly retrieved! The view from the grassy lawn of the campsite was pretty nice; over the surrounding vineyards and distant mountains. The camp has an ablutions block, bar, mini pool, a table tennis table, and darts. Most people went for a wine tasting thing at the bar at 5:30pm but I didn't feel like it - 7 wines for R50 is a bargain though! Tea was made by Sparky's English physiotherapist wife Hope - freshly baked bread with margarine and apricot jam, rice, chicken stew with potatoes and other veggies, and stuffed butternut pumpkin. Dessert was vanilla icecream with chocolate Ice Magic. It was all very yummy, especially the pumpkin. After tea we all hung around the bar area; I played a fair bit of table tennis with Dad and Rosie. Some very funny photos were taken, and Shelley and Tammy dragged Odin into the pool, ending up in there themselves too, all fully clothed! Most people were very pissed - I didn't feel like drinking. Headed to bed around 10:30pm, or maybe later not sure. Found it hard to get to sleep especially when everyone left the bar and made a huge racket setting up stuff to sleep outside!