Our African Adventure – Klein Karoo and Outshoorn

Let me begin with a giant “THANK YOU” to WordPress for featuring my Tsitsikamma post on Freshly Pressed.  This is my second time – my first Freshly Pressed page featured my photos of the 2010 winter soltice lunar eclipse – and I am thrilled to have been selected again.  And thank you to everyone for your kind comments – it really makes my day to read each and every one of them.

We left Tsitsikamma early the next morning and made our first stop at an overlook for the Knysna estuary.  Knysna is home to the most endangered seahorse in the world, the Knysna seahorse.   On this particular morning, fog and mist shouded the area – hiding most of the majestic cliffs overlooking the ocean.

After a while, the fog lifted and we got our first unobstructed views of the estuary.  It was a beautiful sight looking down from our perch onto the town below.

Before continuing our trip, we stopped at the East Head Cafe for breakfast and to enjoy the views from sea level.  

Knysna was just a beautiful from the Cafe as it was from the overlook.  We could have spent the entire day exploring, but we had a full day of travel ahead and the road was calling.   We were traveling through Klein Karoo, or Little Karoo – a semi-desert area of South Africa.  Our destination was Outshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world!

We made several stops along the way – as their were plenty of overlooks and rest areas along our route.  The region offered many amazing mountain views and, if you were lucky enough to look down, some lovely flowers too.  I don’t know the name of this flower – it grew in several areas along our route – and was unlike anything I had ever seen at home.

Our next stop was Cango Caves.  We took the tour, which was very interesting as much for the interesting rock formations as for the language we heard all around us.  This was the first area of our visit to South Africa where Afrikaans was widely spoken.  Afrikaans is, for the most part, Dutch mixed with a variety of other languages and is the first language for nearly 15% of South Africans.

Our next stop was an ostrich farm.  Outshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world – because there are numerous ostrich farms in the area.  We toured the farm, learned about the history and techiques of ostrich farming, and watched as other tourist participated in an ostrich race.

We finished our day at Housemartin Guest Lodge in De Rust – enjoying an amazing dinner prepared by the Lodge’s staff and then retiring to some of the very best accomodations we enjoyed on the entire trip.

The owners of Housemartin seemed to have antcipated every detail to increase their guest’s comfort including this pleasant little surprise, a small carafe of muscatel we found in our room.   The night was warm and a light rain was falling.  We sat outdoors on our room’s small porch, talking away the hours with our fellow travelers and enjoying the scent of limes growing on the nearby trees.

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9 thoughts on “Our African Adventure – Klein Karoo and Outshoorn”

  1. Congrats on being freshly pressed! I’m enjoying your travels, as I live in South Africa, and am enjoying your perspective, and beautiful photos!
    I think that flower is an Erica (a smallish shrub?) It’s one of the Fynbos plants. There is a huge variety of Ericas – all very pretty.

    Looking to see where’s next on your itinerary…

  2. Greg I am finally back online and could catch up with your blog. Although I saw you postings on my mobile on FB its been great to look at the pictures again on a big screen. Stunning, and congrats on the freshly pressed!

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