Continuing our journey from Madikwe towards the Kgalagadi Trandfrontier Park, the nights of Sunday 27th and Monday 28th January are spent at an oasis in the Northern Cape desert! Martiens Place is an air bnb cottage, on Martien’s family land, Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate, Upington. A delightfully restored gabled cottage nestles near a bird-filled dam,
surrounded by vineyards,
with confiding Cape Sparrows nesting on the beams of the cottage verandah. A stack of aromatic vine wood nestles ready for a braai!
As a bonus there is a garden restaurant attached to the winery, and homemade delicacies flow therefrom…no garden is complete with dwarves, a child’s delight! and more Cape sparrows nest in the phoenix palm..
Walking in the vineyards, and a lovely breakfast to start the day on Monday, then we visit Augrabies Falls and buy golden sultanas. Plump and yummy. We then buy the actual sultana grapes from Martiens – sun-warmed ultra sweet and fresh-cut from the vines, to travel into the Kgalagadi with. Have a delicious tasting of Tawny Port and Mampoer, pilotage and Pinot noir wines and homemade food at the Bezalel Estate.
Buy homemade fig jam and onion marmalade. Admire the vintage barrels…Clive’s well-travelled hat is right at home…
Visit the Augrabies Falls,
surrounded by spectacular Quiver trees,
I have to paint these guys! and buy some babies from an accredited nursery to take back to my bush house…
This arid landscape is just the beginning, preparing us for the arid heat we will soon experience further away into the desert from the cool green orange River!
a wonderful arid landscape awaits us in the Kgalagadi…so be sure to follow the next posting to catch up with our further Kgalagadi Safari adventures…..