We were packed up and ready to go by 7:00 am this morning. The weather was warm and became hotter as we drove through the dry Karoo.
Our first stop was for breakfast in Oudtshoorn where we also refueled. We have of course travelled through this town before but the restaurant we wanted to go to was according to Google closed as a result of Covid! Using Trip Adviser as a guide we followed the directions to another not knowing whether we would be able to park the caravan easily so when I spotted Brule Cafe, I told Earl to stop as there was a double parking available just beyond it.
It was a good choice. During these pandemic times there are protocols you have to stick to. Wear your mask, sanitise, have your temperature taken and enter your details on a form. We’re so into it now that it’s done automatically.
The next part of our journey went smoothly and we arrived at Camdeboo just after one o’clock. Once again we had to go through all the protocols. We were given a code to enter at the gate but a helpful attendant did it for us and gave us perfect directions to the campsite. Each site is very private, hedged off with thorn trees. There is not much shade but this is to be expected in the Karoo! As we’re here for just one night we did not set up the canopy but we did unhitch as we wanted to go on a game drive. It was hot!
The first thing I did was check out the ablutions. Our campsite – 12 – is next door the the ablution block and camp kitchen. Everything is pristine. Only two people at a time are allowed to use the facilities. There is sanitiser on tap and we really had no complaints about anything.
We went for a drive just after three and were really impressed with what we saw. This is not a Big 5 game reserve. The only thing that disappointed us was not seeing the surricates – but hey – we’ve seen them before and we’ll see them again! We saw everything else on offer.
We returned to camp around five and I went to have a shower and get ready for dinner. As we’re only here for one night we decided to eat in town. The main gate of the park remains open till 10 pm as they do not have a shop or a restaurant.
A few years ago we stayed overnight in town with two of our daughters and two grandsons. Our restaurant of choice was Pioneers. I’d forgotten the name but on browsing through Trip Advisor I recognised it immediately . It had been good then and it did not disappoint this time either. The manageress came to check that all was well and was very friendly.
The menu is varied and I chose Keto calamari which came with a generous helping of vegetables and a salad! The Earl had curried offel and samp (Samp is an African food consisting of dried corn kernels that have been stamped and chopped until broken, but not as finely ground as mealie(corn)-meal or mielie (corn) rice). He has never actually eaten it before but thought it was about time he did!
Much to the Earl’s delight, a cute cat appeared and made friends with him.