Baboon Family
Baboon Family
Quite a day really. The original plan was to set of via Stellenbosch and Wellington, through some of the passes (again) and then out to the west coast. It all worked out pretty well withan entire family of baboons today as well as great weather.

Sitting in a cafe in Wellington I had to reappraise Wellington, parts of it are much nicer than I thought although several people went through the dustbins outside while I was sitting there. Looking at the map I saw that Tony had marked and recommended the Aquila game reserve as well worth a view and it seemed near enough to make a worthwhile detour, after all coming to Africa and ignoring he wildlife seems a bit silly.

Bokkareviere Nature Reserve
Bokkareviere Nature Reserve
The detour was actually over 70km from Ceres, not a spectacular place, that's 70km of empty mountain pass I might add. A very nice run but with a bit of a surprise at the end of it, the place is flooded. the lady in the Wellington cafe had mentioned 250mm of rain in the area and yes, the accommodation was sitting in a lake. So 70km straight back to Ceres, good job I'd filled up first or it would have been a bit tense.

Clearly staying in Ceres was not an option but the lady in Wellington had also suggested that Tulbagh might make a nice stop. How right she was. It boasts a street of 200+ year old dutch cottages set up as all sorts of b&b's and the like. One is a cat shop (they don't actually sell cats, sorry Joan) but they have an interesting collection.

My chosen guest house, De Oude Herberg, has a four poster bet, ball and claw bath and is quite quite charming. It was his last room (I only needed one) and half the price of last nights accommodation. Not half bad.

Tulbegh Cat Shop
Tulbegh Cat Shop
It's a very curious contrast as the main street through town is rather rough and lots of people, pretty much all black, hanging around by way of Friday night entertainment.

I had another go at the zip this morning rather than walk through the lobby with the fly gaping open. It's completely ruined now.