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West Coast Overland Adventureby Dalene Ingham-Brown

The Voortrekker Express is a journey smothered with South African flavour. In true overland style, say goodbye to your urban bubble for nine days and say hello to an adventure that takes you up the West Coast of South Africa and into the mindset of a 18th century Voortrekker*. Only you won’t be shocked, as they would've been, if you happen to come across a Hummer, aeroplane or transsexual.

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The itinerary takes you from Cape Town, to the SALT telescope in Sutherland. This telescope is the business, being the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. The journey continues up the West Coast, through Kgalagadi Transfrontier and Augrabies National Parks: *Game-viewing alert!* The quaint, one horse towns are full of character, and Afrikaans culture roots run deep through the towns passed and visited along the way. On day 6 you reach the Namibian border and spend the evening  camping alongside the Orange river. From there you journey back down to Cape Town, passing white beaches of seaside destinations as well as passing through Namaqualand.

Namaqualand is beautiful: Its stretching fields of blossoms bursting with gorgeous colour are stunning. What makes this overland trip so great? Breaking away from the description of the beautiful ‘this’, and the gorgeous ‘that’ (which this trip really does offer), the Voorktrekker Express takes you off the beaten track. The route sees you on a path through South Africa, and introduces you to coastal settings, Afrikaans culture and sought after game-viewing. Sound like your cup of tea?

* Voortrekker: Afrikaans for “Those who trek ahead”

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