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FIRST NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« on: October 11, 2014, 01:11:31 pm »
When the National bash was announced to be held in the Kalahari we jumped at the opportunity to attend this one as the Kalahari is one of our favourite places to visit.  We were lucky to get our leave approved over that period and beyond for a day or two.  
We decided to attend the bash with the Karretjie instead of the S10.  The reason for this was that we are planning a lengthy trip to Namibia during 2015 with the Karretjie and needed to test it properly before the Nam trip.  In doing so we would give her a proper test run.  

We had more or less a route to the bash but the route back from the bash was to be as we felt and according to the time to our disposal.  Our plan for the route was roughly from King William’s Town to Adeliade, over the Winterberg to Tarkastad on to Hofmeyer, Steynsburg, Colesberg, Petrusville and end the days trip at Van Der Kloof dam where we would camp.
The following day’s route would be to Orania, Hopetown, Douglas, Campbell, Kuruman, Hotazel and eventually Van Zylsrus for a camping spot there somewhere.
The 3rd day would be a short ride from Van Zyls to Molopo.  Instead of the straight route to Ashkam, we would take the track along the Botswana border to Molopo.  

The 1st 4 days’ photos are not of the best quality as the camera was on an e-mail low pixels setting and we only discovered it later on in the trip.  

DAY 1 – KING TO VAN DER KLOOF DAM

The day arrived and we were as usual ready for the road at first light.  The rain gods however had other plans, but we were not deterred by the rain and still left just after 7.  The rain was pouring at times, so smoke breaks were kept to the minimum.  We briefly stopped in Adelaide at the butchery to purchase some boerewors.  While being served, the owner chatted to me and enquired about our route.  I told him we are heading for Tarka and eventually the Kalahari.  He warned me not to take the Winterberg road over the mountain to Tarka.  He struggled with the same road and got a couple of times stuck over the weekend, that nogal with a 4X4.
We slightly deviated from our planned route via the black stuff to Cradock and eventually on our planned route.
Ready for the road.


Dark clouds behind us with a little better view to the front.




Once we passed Cradock we had one last burst of rain and then the clouds made space for some beautiful blue skies.  


The first gravel road for the day between Steynsburg and Colesberg.  The gravel road was like a highway and without much to see, the distance to our destination for the day shrinked quite considerably.  



A couple of photos from our route between Colesberg and Petrusville.







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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 01:14:01 pm »
Somewhere on the road we stopped for a boerewors braai.  Our self inflated mattresses is also used as seats for the Karretjie and got a bit damp from the rain in the morning.  We hanged them to dry while we braaied.


Worsbraai










From here is was a non event and we arrived fairly early at Van Der Kloof dam, only to find out that they had no camping or other accommodation available due to renovations being done.  We luckily managed to secure accommodation in a nearby self catering unit at a reasonable prize.
Van Der Kloof dam










The day was ended with a nice braai.

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 01:26:32 pm »
Bly jul Arende het dit geniet. Wag in spanning vir die res  :sip:
 

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 01:48:20 pm »
Lekker Arende - gooi.  Miskien was dit die brandy, maar ek het nie eens die kerretjie gesien nie
 

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2014, 01:56:27 pm »
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2014, 02:08:04 pm »
DAY 2 – VAN DER KLOOF DAM TO VAN ZYLSRUS

We had a good night’s sleep, woke up early and left.  The day looked promising with clear blue skies and a slight wind from the south. 
Leaving Van Der Kloof


We passed Orania on our way.


Just outside Hopetown we were back on gravel towards Douglas.  The gravel road was as the previous days gravel in good condition. 






This area must be a major route for the jets between Cape Town to the Big Smoke. 






The gravel roads started to deteriorate the further north we travelled.  Corrugations were the order of the day.




Between Douglas and Kuruman we stopped for some leftover braai from the previous night.




The road was long and boring and wifey took over while I had my smoke brakes.

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2014, 02:09:48 pm »
We briefly stopped in Kuruman for something to bite and left on the boring tar road to Hotazel.
A lot of mining is taking place in this area and you encounter plenty trucks on this road.


A few kilometres north of Hatazel you turn off onto the R31 and leave all the busy traffic behind you.  This road is also tar until some 20 kays before Van Zyls.  This is where the sports start.
On the R31




Some nice sand on the way to Van Zyls.








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Van Zylsrus colourful fuel station.



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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2014, 02:12:27 pm »
We stopped at the hotel for something cold and to enquire about a camping place.






The friendly barman advised a nice little rustic camp 20 kays up the road.  We stocked up with some ice. They had no meat on sale, and we left for our overnight spot. 
This little 20km stretch was badly corrugated and had some deep sand bits.










24km later we arrived at this little gem called the Bush Camp.  They have camping spots in the dunes with a toilet, water and a shower, hot water via a donkey.  Wood is supplied.  No electricity though, but  that is not a problem for us. 








Some running repairs in the sidecars mudguard.


The bar.




Almost full moon


Van Zyls did not have any meat, but luckily we still had enough boerewors left.  We made a wors potjie with some onions and macaroni that I bought in Van Zyls.






What a way to end the day.  That night we slept under the stars. 
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2014, 02:18:00 pm »
Ai dit lyk so lekker.
Ek dog toe die potjie daar aan die begin langs die vuur was vir koffiewater, toe is dit al die tyd doodgooi water !    :ricky:
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2014, 02:33:04 pm »
Great way to travel  :thumleft:
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2014, 03:35:18 pm »
Bly jul Arende het dit geniet. Wag in spanning vir die res  :sip:

Was kwaai lekker, die res volg, internet net baie stadig.

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2014, 03:37:57 pm »
Lekker Arende - gooi.  Miskien was dit die brandy, maar ek het nie eens die kerretjie gesien nie

Sallie die brandewyn wees nie, moes iets in hulle water of kos gewees het.   :biggrin:

Ai dit lyk so lekker.
Ek dog toe die potjie daar aan die begin langs die vuur was vir koffiewater, toe is dit al die tyd doodgooi water !    :ricky:

Ja, ek is bitter versigtig om nie die veld aan die brand te steek nie, gesien waste skade dit kan doen. 

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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2014, 03:41:15 pm »
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2014, 03:42:06 pm »
Te lekker man. Maar daai sand lyk of hy net lekker loop met 'n karretjie ???
 

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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2014, 03:43:49 pm »
Dit lyk lekker,weereens n nice deel van die report
 

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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2014, 06:20:14 pm »
Hou van Van Der Kloofdam se dorpie. Wil weer eendag soontoe :deal:
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2014, 06:24:07 pm »
Te lekker man. Maar daai sand lyk of hy net lekker loop met 'n karretjie ???

Yes, ou maat, as daai karretjie en die bike se wiele eers af geblaas is na die regte druk, loop sy soos stroop op daai sand paaie.

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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2014, 06:25:36 pm »
Hou van Van Der Kloofdam se dorpie. Wil weer eendag soontoe :deal:

Ja, Chris, ons was darem selwers baie beindruk met daai dorpie, maar Van Der Kloof se reservaat laat veel te wense oor. 
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Re: FISRT NATIONAL BASH BY THE VIS ARENDE (KALAHARI)
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2014, 06:31:26 pm »
Lekker Arende - gooi.  Miskien was dit die brandy, maar ek het nie eens die kerretjie gesien nie

Ja, dis jammer mens kom nie by al die geselse uit wat mens graag wil nie.  Ek het jou later Saterdagaand gaan soek, maar so tussen al die mense en my blindheid het ek jou heel gemis. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2014, 06:37:46 pm »
Great way to travel  :thumleft:

Ja, subie, hoe lekker kan die lewe wees.  Ons tel elke dag ons seeninge. 
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