An update from Oasis crew Claire and Steve, out in Africa on the Nile Trans Cape Town to Cairo overland trip…
“Cape Town to Cairo”, the title of a dream overland trip that I’ve wanted to do since being a child. To say that I’m a little excited about it would be an understatement! Steve and I finished preparing Gunga (our truck) in Harare and it’s finally time to get going.
No matter how many times we’ve met new groups, I still get excited and a little nervous to know who I’m going to be spending the next 16 weeks with. Of course as ever on Day 1, I’m relieved to see that everyone seems lovely and yet again there’s no sign of any serial killers (Bonus). Now, first stop from Cape Town is Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the continent where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warmer Indian Ocean, as usual taking the scenic route and in this case to see the stunning coastline and countryside where our first African animals seen are ostriches. This flightless bird whose eye is bigger than its brain defends itself with a kick that can floor a lion which sparks the discussion (and what might be my favourite question in ages) “Would ostriches make good guard animals?”, a subject to be pondered/joked about for many a drive day to come… thanks Anna!
The following day took us the short drive to Stellenbosch where we made sure the area deserved its title of South Africa’s wine capital. We’re pleased to report, after 20 tastings, it did! Happy with our wine & cheese fix, we head north towards Namibia through the Cedarberg Wilderness area of the Western Cape. A simple border crossing, a night camping on the banks of the Orange River, then we hit the deserted southern Namibia roads.
It’s winter here and nights are cold but very clear and the stars are amazing! Bush camping in the wilderness is one of my favourite parts of these overland trips. Cook group for today serve a hot tasty dinner around the campfire (and breakfast too!) then we’re off to the spectacular Fish River Canyon and Sesriem to explore some of the oldest and highest sand dunes in the world. Namibia had a lot of rain recently and the normally semi arid desert is in bloom. There’s wild flowers where usually is rocky scrub and the abundance of grasses attract the wildlife to places we don’t usually see them. We’ve seen springbok, kudu, ostriches, foxes, meerkats and zebra already from the road!
All good so far, it’s going to be a good trip…..
Claire & Steve
(The Dream Team!)