The Small Karoo
The Small Karoo
The breakfast was great and we took a walk into Graaf Reinet. The town reminds me of Hastings in New Zealand in many ways, charming old villas but fallen on slightly hard times. Spookily quiet too.

Once back on the motorcycles we were very quickly out of town and the roads are simply stunning. This would be the first time that I have seen the vanishing point before the horizon, the road just simply goes on and on through the Karoo. It's a very good day to have music in the headphones but it's very hear to hear over the noise of the wind.

Monkeys, ostriches, lots of sheep, a couple of baboons and even a tortoise crawling across the road. There are lots of warnings about gazelles and the like running across the road but there's nothing like that on offer. Probably just as well.

The Dam is Empty
The Dam is Empty
Apparently it can be really hot (like over 45) but today a very pleasant 20 degrees. The speed limit is 120kph but that is very hard to stick to. I might not have.

Eventually, after about 80km of straight flat we reached the edge of the plain and had another 30-40km of high speed twisties ending up at a place called De Rust for lunch. The terrain and vegetation altered slightly but it's still stunningly beautiful. This was really the Africa I'd expected but probably with less variety of animals.

The hotel for the night is just 10km or so outside Oudtshoom at De Oude Meul (the old mill). We've a rest day tomorrow and have been offered a motorcycle trip around the Swartberg Pass or a zoo thing or an ostrich farm. I wonder what I'll choose. Difficult.

Great fast roads
Great fast roads
There's a very nice dog here but he's determined to eat every fly he can find. Mad. He should be called Karoo.

 Later;

There are a flock of baby ostriches here and they brought them in for the night, apparently they are very fragile. They buy the chicks and rear them to a certain point before passing them to someone to finish them. The owner seems to have built a whole tourist complex on his farm and has springbok and other local fauna in paddocks.

Dinner at the restaurant was quite acceptable although a bit unimaginative.  It was rather more expensive than the other meals we've had, probably a function of having a captive audience unless you want to drive back to Oudtshoom