With pounding heart, racing breath and a dry throat I stumble from the treadmill after only ten minutes.
Ten minutes at a time, that is all I could manage this week,the result of months of inactivity! At least I made it to the treadmill three times during the week.
This said , I felt I deserved a reward for perseverance and so I visited a waterhole in the semi- desert.
Goegap Nature Reserve lies 15km south-east of Springbok in Namaqualand and covers about 15000ha. The name Goegap is derived from the Nama word for waterhole.
Goegap incorporates the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, which contains an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area. Five hundred and eighty one different indigenous plants are found here. Some succulents are so rare they are found nowhere else in the world.
Besides the unbelievable number of floral species, Goegap boasts forty five mammalian species including springbok, gemsbok, the endangered Hartman’s Zebra and the aardwolf.
Form the Goegap Nature Reserve, I went to the Springbok a town which was named after the Springbok gazelle found in this region.
The town of Springbok is the largest in this area of the Northern Cape. It lies in a narrow valley between the high granite domes of the Klein Koperberge ( Small Copper Mountains ).The town’s origins date back to copper mining activities which has since dwindled and today the main income is generated from tourism, commerce and farming.
There are a variety of guest houses and hotels in and around the town. The one place which caught my attention was Naries Namaqua Retreat, a beautiful hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee. Naries Retreat is well positioned for exploring the greater Namaqua Region from the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks in the west.Naries Namaqua Retreat offers various types of accommodation,of which the beautiful old Manor House stole my heart.