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On the Road in South Africa

Posted by Bestprac on Dec 06 2010

By Sally Ware, I & I NSW

 


Travelling around a farm in a “bakkie” in the Karoo region near Graaf Rienet.  The trick was to dodge the thorns of the acacia trees.  L to R:  three farm workers, Julie McClure, Justin McClure, Colleen Southwell, Tracy Hannigan, Garry Hannigan, Sally Ware and owner Gert Lotter.  Absent:  Jason Southwell
Travelling around a farm in a “bakkie” in the Karoo region near Graaf Rienet. The trick was to dodge the thorns of the acacia trees. L to R: three farm workers, Julie McClure, Justin McClure, Colleen Southwell, Tracy Hannigan, Garry Hannigan, Sally Ware and owner Gert Lotter. Absent: Jason Southwell. 


Travelling around in the back of a “bakkie” (South African for ute) is very common place when you live in South Africa. Not just around the farms but also for town trips and for moving people around in town. It was the start of November and there were five of us who had just landed in Upington from Johannesburg. Upington is a Kalahari Desert farm town, right on the tip of the great Kalahari Desert and in the far north of South Africa.

Our party at this stage consisted of Wilcannia landholders Garry and Tracy Hannigan, our tour guide Jason Southwell and his wife Colleen and myself with Tilpa landholders Justin and Julie McClure joining us a few days later. We were on a farm tour trip that the Wilcannia Bestprac Group had decided upon 12 months ago. As we self drove into the local Upington supermarket to get some lunch supplies, we continued to look at the various types of “people” crates on the bakkies in the car park, some with seating some without.

After parking with the help of the car park security guard, who we tipped to keep an eye on the car, we did our first grocery shop in South Africa, checking out the meat section first which consisted of a “lot” of various types of sausages including game meat, “biltong” – dried meat similar to beef jerky, also including a lot of game meat and dorper lamb from the local abattoir. Leaving town and heading into the desert with our groceries on board, we began our journey which was to take us on a 4000 km trip that started in the northern cape area and ended along the coast in Cape Town.

On the trip, we would be hosted on farms in the Kalahari and in the Karoo, view a small local abattoir and associated feed lot, attend a national ram and ewe sale, drive around two national parks and visit a private game park.

Further stories will be published in the next few editions of the Bestprac Newsletter.

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