June 17, 2019
2019 EAST AFRICA
Organizers: Viv & Mary le Sueur
A long time before our planned trip next year, but there is substantial planning needed to see the gorillas. We already have 5 of the maximum 6 couples who have put their names down for the Gorilla visit. More could be accommodated for other sections of the journey.
The attached trip route takes us to Kapisha Hot Springs in Zambia, where we turn directly North and up the East coast of Lake Tanganyika.
Then skirting around Burundi and up into Uganda. We have now decided that we should extend our time there, as it is our primary destination. Therefore we have included the Northern area of Murchison falls to at least see the White Nile!
Then down the East coast of Lake Victoria, in and out of the Masai Mara before a ride up the Grumeti in Serengeti. A Ngorongoro Crater visit cannot be missed, and then via Moshi near Kilimanjaro down to the Dar es Salaam area.
The last leg is taking us through Selous to the full length of the Moz coast, which brings us out in KZN.
Trip distance from Cape Town is about 15,000km
There are opportunities to join/depart the group at various stages, and after Kapisha only the gorillas and the Crater would require pre-booking.
This gives us flexibility right through Moz to stay or move on as we wish.
We have now made contact with about 6 venues in Uganda to firm up a location for the proposed 4 nights in gorilla country, and will keep you informed.
It looks as if the trip could be full before being advertised! The group size is limited to 12 for the gorillas, but is more flexible thereafter. We propose to have a group get-together by July latest.
An undisclosed gem lies atop the Piketberg mountain in the Western Cape where sincere nature lovers can experience the full spectrum of an eco-friendly farm. Whichever travelling type you are: the more comfort orientated or the adventurer, there is a spot for you.
Hiking, cycling, bouldering/rock climbing, swimming (if the dam is full and water supply is ample) and satellite spotting are there for the taking. Herbs, compost making, earth worm farming and recycling are just some of the nature projects on this farm that can be viewed anytime. In order to preserve our watercourse and save water we make use of dry toilet systems using sawdust as cover, in most of our facilities.
Hooting owls and frog choirs are the only noise you have to endure in the quiet of the evening while waiting for a symphony of stars to appear. Early evening you can pass the time spotting the most abundant display of satellites imaginable. Shimmering rock formations change shape and colour as the sun sheds its light. Well laid out hiking trails lead you through pristine fynbos and the various koppies that abound on the farm. The caves with their San paintings are a reminder of who moved before us!
The destination is the ultimate, but the road here is just as impressive! Coming from either Cape Town or Namibia you venture along the N7 passing through rolling carpets of green wheat fields and yellow canola flowers or golden colored stubble lands, depending on the time of year you travel. During the summer months splashes of green vineyards amidst the rolling hills of brown catches you unawares and once again you can stand in awe at the splendor of our open country spaces.
Heading up the Versfeld Pass to Piket-Bo-Berg will leave you breathless at the view on the valley below. And once on top the surprise discovery of a community operating on top of a mountain never ceases to surprise the traveler. Apples, pears, persimmons, plums and peaches form the main agricultural activities while fresh vegetables are seasonal crops for some. Cooler air and greenery ensures a very different climate to the valley below and many a traveler gets caught without enough warm clothes to combat the coolness that can set in after sunset.
Cost: R235 per person for the weekend
If you would like to book a spot for this long weekend camping trip please email email@example.com