After months of preparation we were finally here walking through Cape Town airport ready to begin our African adventure.
First port of call was to go and see the shipping agents so we asked a friendly shuttle bus rep where their office was, to which he very confidently pointed to a place on a map. Just to check he knew what he was talking about we asked him to point out where the airport was. Again he very confidently pointed at the map, this time to a red dot which said "you are here"; the fact that this dot was bang in the centre of Cape Town and no where near the airport didn't seem to phase him, we however, had lost some confidence in his map reading skills so left him contemplating where he was and quickly moved on to another shuttle bus company!
We had a couple of days to enjoy Cape Town before the Land Rover cleared customs which it duly did without a hitch, then, we were off. It felt quite exhilarating to finally be driving the Landy on African soil.
We headed north to the Cederberg mountains where we spent two nights at “The Baths” a natural hot spring resort with a camp site attached. We got the Landy well organised and relaxed in the baths.
The road further north led us to an interesting little campsite whose eccentric owner insisted on showing us his giant model ship, which we had to admit was quite impressive. He also gave us some great (and very detailed) advice on Namibia including which rocks to camp behind :-)
We then hit the Namaqua region and were there at the perfect time to see the wild flowers in full bloom. They literally carpet this arid and barren place in a quite extraordinary blaze of colour.
So now it's onto Namibia and the next stage of our adventure.....