Namaqualand Travels

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The world famous Namaqualand daisies – new travel adventures.

Dear Reader, it’s not often that good news comes your way. But today I have some of the good stuff to pierce the doom and gloom of 21st century living. As you may remember from a previous post, yours truly and Mrs Chips went off in search of the world famous phenomenon in South Africa known by some as the Namaqualand Flowers.

We were on the road for about three weeks, covering just over 4500kms as you will see in the map below

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Our Namaqualand route – in search of flowers, stars and adventure.

This year… That’s 2013 if this happens to become part of your recommended reading for literary excellence sometime in the future [cackle]. If it has, you can be assured the average IQ of the planet has indeed plumbed new depths)….

Beaufort West - KNP - camo-baboon

We made some new friends….

Beaufort West - KNP - fossilised gorgon skull

…and we made some old friends

Beaufort West - KNP - Bird 9 Fiscal Shrike

Feathered friends – in this case the pugnacious little Fiscal Shrike

Anyway, this year…. The rains were excellent – even disrupting our travels somewhat – and Namaqualand worked hard to put on an absolutely spectacular display. In the weeks to come, I shall be posting these travels as well as some images made in the area.

For some of the time, we camped in our trusty tent – with the temperature ranging from -6C (yes, you read that right – minus 6 degrees Celsius) to about 25C, rain, wind and sunshine. To provide a more varied experience we also availed ourselves of the accommodation offerings in some of the towns through which we travelled.

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We saw some surreal semi-desert beauty.

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About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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