Steenbokkie – Paradise Between Cape Town and Johannesburg

One particular dislike I have, is to sleep in a town where trucks grind gears, exhaust brakes roaring or trains get shunted about at 3AM. Peace and quiet is what I need and Steenbokkie is just that.

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Zebra Crossing

Travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town is best experienced if the trip is done in two or three days. Rushing down the highway in one day is not only downright dangerous, but South Africa is slipping past unseen.

One of the nicest stays along the way is Steenbokkie Private Nature Reserve about 7km (4 miles) north of Beaufort West. It remains a favourite stay with us, as the serviced overnight rooms and chalets are well-equipped and furnished in classic style.

Steenbokkie is self-catering and accommodation is fully air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities, there also is a shared kitchen BUT the chalets all have their own kitchens, lounges and private braai (BBQ) areas. Satellite television is available but please rather experience a starlit Karoo night.

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Lovely Camping Area

Camping is great on lush, green lawns under shady trees. Yes, there is electricity and also adequate, clean ablutions facilities.

Stay at least two nights, take a stroll in the nearby desert, see wild game such as gnu, springbok, fallow deer and more.

You will also encounter a variety of wild- and farm animals at the farmstead. Kids will love it and so will you. Be sure to get a braai pack and enjoy a great Karoo evening under the exceptionally bright starlit sky. There is so much more, go discover the hidden treasures, the fullness of the Karoo will soon bust the myth of “there is just nothing.” Like us, you may even encounter the rare steenbok, the small antelope that this paradise borrowed its name from. http://steenbokkie.blogspot.co.za/2017/02/accommodation-at-steenbokkie.html?m=1

Friendly neighbour willing to eat from your hand
Our private braai area
Second Bedroom
Our Bedroom
Courtyard
Lounge with satellite TV
Lounge with Dining Area
Paradise in the Karoo

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Worcester-Robertson Karoo

Set in between majestic mountain ranges, the illustrious vineyards flank the Breede River. This officially is the fifth Karoo region of South Africa, yet most locals see it as a Boland wine region. They aren’t wrong in that, either.

Tourists seldom get to see this beautiful valley, stretching from Tulbagh in the west to Bonnievale in the east. This is the Forgotten Paradise, a world left untouched, to quite some degree.

We are now taking you there, so that you can share in the beauty and in the spoils of this extended valley.

Some of the world’s finest wines, brandies, olives, dried fruit, natural beauty, farm stays, some even in the mountain wildernesses.

Just email awethentiq@gmail.com and we will gladly design your ultimate experience.

Which Mobile On #Travel? 

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package.

I am what I prefer to call a #permatourist. My own invention.

See, living in Cape Town, South Africa, opens up opportunities every single day. Anyone ever getting bored here, must be missing a gene. So much to see and do, the bulk of it for free. Yep. Mahaila. Pasella. No charge.

In my “job” as travel writer and events reporter, publishing to social media has to be instant. For that, great connectivity is essential. And video devours data.

I travel with three devices and four different SIM cards. My wife has one device. We have Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and Telkom Mobile.

The device with the very best signal ability is a R199 iTel dual-SIM from “PEP Tique.”  The second best is a Huawei LTE mobile hotspot, third is a Mobicel tablet costing R899. Excellent service also came from an old R599 Alcatatel One Touch Pop2. It sounds like a kiddies happy meal toy but had great connectivity and was excellent as a wireless hotspot.

Less great connectivity came from high-end smartphones. We did swap around SIM cards to test all fairly.

The test route took us up to 1,333 km in each direction, a total of fourteen such journeys on different trains. We did fourteen long-distance journeys.

While Vodacom had the best signal coverage, the same cannot be said about its usability. It reminds of the guy pitching up for work but then don’t get much done.

Cell C had better voice connectivity than the others but data throughput suffered.

MTN. If I had something good to say, I would have. During a fortnight stay in suburban Klerksdorp, as during a week in Beaufort West, signal seemed okay but connectivity just failed. GSM. WCDMA. Auto settings. Nyet.

That leaves us with dear old Telkom, on FreeMe plans. Usable for a little over 1,000 km of the entire distance, a clear winner. Useless when roaming through MTN, especially. On its own legs, a better proposition.

Which is why I bought a FreeMe bundle at Telkom V&A Waterfront today and paid R599 for 20GB data. I also received 10GB night data plus 10GB TelkomConnect WAP2-secured WiFi. And 1,500 all networks minutes plus 300 Telkom or Telkom Mobile numbers. Plus 500MB for things like Viber, Whatsapp, etc. Oh, then R600 all networks calling for seven days as yet another bonus.

With its proven reliability, Telkom Mobile FreeMe is a no-brainer. I switched when 8ta was new and saw how service improved, especialy after becoming Telkom Mobile and more infrastructure was employed.

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package.