Alec and Cathy, live just up the drag from us in Napier, Western Cape. The only connection we have with them is that they also own a Gecko Off-Road Caravan.
These caravans are manufactured in Haenetsburg a village situated on the edge of the Great Escarpment in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, on the R71 road between Polokwane and Tzaneen en route to the Kruger National Park. It’s a small family business and each of their caravans are numbered. We are 81 and Cathy and Alec ar 109. Since they began in 2013 they have produced 160+ caravans. All Gecko owners belong to a Facebook and WhatsApp group and share tips and information about their caravan and camping experiences and this is how we met up with our ‘neighbours’ just 50km down the drag from us.
So shortly after meeting them they invited us to join them on a spur of the moment, two week Road Trip. It took only a heart beat of thinking to reply and say, Yes indeed we will join you.
Today marked the beginning of our our trip from Stuisbaai/Napier to Citrusdal, The Baths Natural Hot Springs. We decided to leave in our own time and meet up at The Baths.
It poured on Sunday night before departure and was still a bit iffy when we left at 8 am. We stopped to shop at Checkers, Bredasdorp and then at Springfield in Robertson to stock up on wine. It was overcast but not too wet. It was after 10 when we reached Worcester when hunger pangs insisted we stop for breakfast at Mountain Mall. The Wimpy, as usual, provided us with a satisfying and inexpensive breakfast of scrambled egg, cheese griller, bacon and toast. Wimp coffee also never disappoints. A text from Cathy confirmed that they too were having a sandwich and coffee somewhere in Worcester and we were just behind then on the road to Citrusdal. The route was scenic and they arrived just minutes before we did.
Our campsites are 23 A and 23 B. We set up camp and chilled for the rest of the afternoon. How amazing that we met other Struisbaai people camping nearby too. It is indeed a small world.
We had an awesome braai for supper and turned in early this evening. More of our adventures tomorrow.