Fancy an ‘A’ class break in South Africa?- Love it or leave it!

“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans.  An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”

A new Challenge!! An A-Z for Jenny’s next round of Alphebe Thursday.

Loads of “A’s” but I  have picked the Augrabies waterfall and National Park.  Water and desert collide.  100km upstream from Upington on the Orange River in the Northern Cape.

The falls take their name from from the Khoi (San People), who named it Ankoerebis, a ‘place of the Great Noise’ – and is one of the world’s largest waterfalls.  Later known as Augrabies.

“Home to the ancient San people, the Northern Cape is about wide-open spaces, an utterly beautiful coastline and a number of unique national parks offering the tourist a very different experience of the South African landscape. The area is also noted for the innumerable examples of Bushman rock art, enormous deposits of precious and semi-prrecious stones and perhaps best of all, the warmth and homespun hospitality of its people.  Not to forget, famous for its incredible annual floral display that takes place in Namaqualand.”

You can really get down to nature here, camping, self catering and back packing accomodation is available.  There you may meet ‘the river and desert’ adventure people, or if you prefer, home from home, meals waiting when you come back after a day out exploring the craggy outcrops and scrub-dotted plains there are some great hotels and guesthouses.

Book a game drive, hike, or hire mountain bikes and go on a 4×4 trail.  See Springbok, Gemsbok and Giraffe, birds and reptiles. Photograph the amazing giant aloe, the Quiver tree.

This region’s flora and fauna have developed unique adaptations to survive the extreme temperature fluctuations ranging from very low to very high.

I loved the look of this place near Upington, The Quiver Tree Guesthouse.  May be expensive, but it may be what you can afford and its all about priorities and whatever floats your boat as they say.

It could be that you would prefer to experience the real heart of Africa, its silences and songs.  The mountains, rivers and plains; be alone with yourself or with those you love. 

It could be.  It could really be.

Whatever you want to do, make it happen soon; these will be, great experiences to look back on.

Augrabies Falls, in the corner of the Northern Cape.


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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5 Responses to Fancy an ‘A’ class break in South Africa?- Love it or leave it!

  1. What a beautiful, rugged and charming place! Your photos were awesome! I enjoyed your post very much!

  2. artmusedog says:

    Wow! ~ Fantastic photos of a beautiful place ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  3. liz2you says:

    So many personal choices given, seeing South Africa. People often say to me, “I have been there; went to Cape Town.”
    Yes Cape Town is beautiful, a beautiful city. There is so much of the continent that has much more to offer; give it a try.
    You will be back, even just to read my own entries into A-Z on Thursdays!

  4. Ah.

    Sitting here reading the letter “A” and I opened up your link and started smiling!

    So glad this journey continues.

    The first line of your post really captured my heart.

    I have a place that draws my soul like South Africa does you.

    I’m glad you continue to share this amazing place with us.

    The diversity in this lovely and complex place is astonishing.

    Thank you.


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