Di­a­mond T cof­fee and gift shop, Askham

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The R360 is the road be­tween Uping­ton and the Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park and there’s more to it than dunes, Dor­pers and dry shrubs. Knock on the bright red door of Di­a­mond T in Askham’s main road for Kala­hari hos­pi­tal­ity and some­thing good to eat. (Clue: It’s milk tart!) This cof­fee and gift shop is the brain­child of neigh­bours Johanna du Toit and Cilla du Toit and it’s just the place to load up on good­ies for your cool box. En­joy the cool breeze on the broekielace stoep while a foun­tain bub­bles in the gar­den, or sit on the back stoep with a view of the dry Ku­ru­man River while the kids play on the jun­gle gym. The milk tart at Di­a­mond T is made us­ing a fam­ily recipe of Cilla’s, but it has a mod­ern twist: It’s a fridge tart served with a de­li­cious crumb crust and a cin­na­mon stick (R28 per por­tion). Once you’ve scraped your plate clean, browse the shelves which are packed with home-made good­ies like jams, chut­neys and pre­served olives (from R45). The spring­bok, mut­ton and beef pies are also fa­mous – they’ve won plenty of awards at the !Naba Food and Wine Fes­ti­val (R25 frozen; R35 warmed up). The tub in the bath­room is filled with bath salt mined in the re­gion. Buy some for your mom (R40 for three scoops) or a rag doll for your niece. There’s an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre on the same premises with lots of ideas for things to see and do in the area. Where? Askham is about 180 km north of Uping­ton on the R360. Di­a­mond T is in the main road. Open­ing times: Mon­day to Fri­day from 8 am to 5 pm; Satur­day from 8 am to 1 pm; closed on Sun­day. Con­tact: 054 511 0025; “Di­a­mond T Cof­fee Shop” on Face­book.

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