Originally we intended to start to drive to Kimberly today, but as we were not sure how long it would take to get out of the park we booked to stay in Upington at River Place Manor again. As it turned out this was a good decision as there was no 'drop -in' accommodation between Upington and Kimberley, our next stop.
River Place Manor proved to be excellent once again and early on the moring of 6/10/ 2016 we crossed the Orange River and followed the river on the N10 to Groblershoop where we turned onto the R64. The landscape was rocky and the road straight.
Our first stop for lunch was in a town called Griekwasted, this was a mission station historically known as Griquatown. At one time it was an independent state and provided sanctuary for robbers, adventures and all kinds of schellums. the town still has a frontiers town feel to it.
|Griekwasted, Northern Cape.|
Kimberley is a very historic place with many connections to the UK. There are the diamonds and the De Beers Diamond Company, characters such as Barney Barnato and Cecil Rhodes, The connection with the Boar War and the siege of Kimberley; this leads to the connection with Baden-Powell and the Scouting movement.
|The big Hole. Kimberley|
|The Diggers Fountain, Kimberley|