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Monday, May 30, 2011

Winter in the Desert

When you're trying to escape the cold, the last place you should go is the desert. However, if you are willing to endure the below freezing temperatures for isolation, scenery, and my favorite antelope - the gemsbok (oryx) head straight to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park shared by South Africa and Botswana in the Kalahari Desert.

Being in such a remote area, we thought that they would have space for walk-ins at the camps, but we were wrong! With only a 2-wheel drive vehicle and no space in the more popular camp at Nossob, we decided to go rustic at the Kalahari Desert Camp site where we would have our first braai (no restaurants other than at the main rest camp). After a 3 hour drive through the park, we dined on some grilled lamb and boerewors accompanied by the only veggies available at the camp store - canned corn, mixed veggies and a jar of pickled beets! A true camping experience, sort of. And as soon as the sun went down, you felt immediately as if you had entered a walk-in fridge. Not equipped for the cold, we layered clothing and blankets and cocooned ourselves until morning.

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