MELTON WOLD, KAROO HIGHLANDS
plains, on the opposite side of the dam. Chances are you’ll spook herds of dust-puffing wildebeest or eland, as you approach the gravel airstrip along the floodplains.
Slog further south, past an abandoned diamond mine, then look out for a sign showing the way to an excellent example of a brachiosaur fossil, which is approximately 5km from the homestead. Outstanding birding makes running here even more worthwhile.
At Die Rooi Granaat Deli and Restaurant, friendly
tannies cook decent-sized farm breakfasts and mouthwatering lunches. Also worth a try: homemade confectionery, milkshakes, biltong, goat’smilk cheese and delectable tarts (rooigranaat.co.za/ 082 805 2982)
Old truck museum; indigenous nursery; a geoglyph of a riverine rabbit; camping; MTB routes
Loxton is one of the few dorps in South Africa that still has a working irrigation-canal system.
This peaceful, serene rural village is being rejuvenated by a mini-renaissance. Every second person you meet has come from the city in search of fresh air and big-sky spaces, and they can’t wait to share some ‘Loxton love’.
The town lies at the heart of the riverine rabbit conservation area; but there’s more to this part of the Karoo Highlands than a few endangered bunnies…
Many roads lead to Loxton, but the easiest way is via the N1, towards Beaufort West. Then, follow the R381 for approximately 105km, towards Loxton. Melton Wold is situated a further 40km along the road to Victoria West.