Distance: 411km (Cumulative: 1 491km)
Moving time: 05:34
Average speed: 74km/h
Road surface: 75% Tar, 25% Gravel
Accommodation: Guest House
Riverfield Guesthouse Kuruman - R267 p.p
Big room, nice bath and fully equipped shared kitchen
For a moment it looked like it could start to rain again, so we packed up everything. The clouds then started to disappear, so we went for a hike down the canyon. It looks like you can walk 12km to the mouth of the Molopo river. We however only walked around 2km and then stopped for tea and rusks before returning.
We used the hot spring for old times’ sake and then set off to Kakemas, continuing the clockwise direction. The road leading out of Riemvasmaak is a perfect tar road which suddenly turned to gravel again after 7.5km, which continued for another 43.2km, the condition was good, and we averaged 72km/h. From Kakemas we decided to take the R359 on the opposite side of the Orange river so as to not drive on the N14 again. It turned out to be a very corrugated, but also very scenic road. At Keimoes we switched over to the N14 again.
In Upington we stopped to refill some of our supplies and to eat McDonald’s for the last time in probably a few months. Back on the road we headed in the direction of Kuruman. Initially we wanted to check out Witsand but given that we only had one evening left it wouldn’t be worth it. We thus stopped at Red Sands, but they were fully booked.
The sun set, and we arrived in Kuruman to signs warning us of the high crime area. While Hugo were thus driving around aimlessly Jaco and Caro tried to look for a guest house. They phoned a place, but it was R800 for three people. We were still discussing whether we should take it when Hugo arrived at a Guesthouse on the outskirts of town. We phoned the number on the gate and they too had a room for R800 so we decided to just enter.
The room were massive and had a double bed and two single beds. The house had a big fully equipped kitchen that we could use. Caro made green Thai curry with the left-over rice from last night for dinner.
Caro and Hugo took a bath for probably also the last time in weeks to come before going to bed.