MEL­TON WOLD, KA­ROO HIGH­LANDS

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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.

Re­fuel At

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)

Other Ac­tiv­i­ties

Old truck mu­seum; in­dige­nous nurs­ery; a ge­o­glyph of a river­ine rab­bit; camp­ing; MTB routes

In­ter­est­ing Fact

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…

Get­ting There

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.

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