Or­ange River House­boat

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Eastern Cape


The Or­ange River is the lifeblood of the arid Kala­hari and Nama-Ka­roo land­scapes of the North­ern Cape, and the lush veg­e­ta­tion of this green belt pro­vides the per­fect set­ting for re­lax­ation and con­tem­pla­tion of life, the uni­verse and ev­ery­thing. We arrived in the heat of the day, in quite a mel­low mood after a visit to the fab­u­lous Beza­lel Es­tates, where wine tast­ing pro­gressed to a sam­pling of the single bar­rel, pot-stilled brandy Beza­lel is fa­mous for. We were met on the bank and taken out to our home for the even­ing – a se­cluded house­boat un­der can­vas in the mid­dle of the Or­ange River, with 360-de­gree views. It’s fully kit­ted with a dou­ble bed, crisp white li­nen and a down du­vet, an eco-toi­let and hot show­ers. We soon made our­selves at home, fir­ing up the braai and break­ing out the bub­bly from the well-stocked mini-fridge. As the sky turned colour, we thought about head­ing out in the ca­noe pro­vided, but in­stead drank a toast to the even­ing, and to our day on the Kooker­boom Food and Wine Route, from the divine deck. As we did so a pair of Fish Ea­gles ser­e­naded us. –

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