Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Drive to Augrabies

On the second day of our trip, we drove up to Augrabies National Park.  On the way, we stopped in the town of Calvinia.  Not for the first time, I was glad I'd given up being a vegetarian before coming to South Africa.  We bought some tasty lamb chops and sausages at this braai (barbecue) place.

We also went into the town's museum, which is the building behind the train engine in this photo.  It had nice displays about the San, who were the earliest known inhabitants of this region; the Boer settlers who moved in later; and the sheep farming that supports the region today.  It also had a whole room dedicated to a set of quadruplets who were born in the town some time ago.

Back on the road, we passed a forest of aloe trees, which are called quiver trees because the San used to hollow out the branches and use them as quivers for their arrows.

We also stopped at this farmstall/junk shop/souvenier shop/cafe:

In spite of all the stopping, we did manage to reach our destination.  We caught our first glimpse of Augrabies Falls, the sixth largest waterfall in the world, just as it was getting dark.  We didn't have time to hang around and take many pictures that night, though, because we had to go set up camp.   I'll post the next day's pictures of the area soon.


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