The next morning (Sunday 5th) Koos and Lieta decide to stay on an extra day as they had been on the move for a month and needed a bit of catch up time. I was pleased as they are such a nice couple and have some really interesting stories from all their travels over the years.

They wanted to see the river and I wanted to try a spot of fishing so off we trekked. I found what I thought was a nice spot to thrown in a line and they went off to explore further downstream.

Fishing in the Orange River

Fishing in the Orange River

Not even half a bite (foto: Koos Prince)

The day was very pleasant, hot with no wind and by the time I got back to camp later and at last starting to relax into it all when the next shock arrived in the form of a troop of monkeys. It was chaos for about the next hour and a half as they emptied every bin they could find and jumped all over the caravans. Not very nice at all. They did not give me such a hard time but went for Koos and Lieta and nothing we did would scare them off.

I have discovered that Brandkaros is no longer a working citrus farm, has not been for the past couple of years, and is basically just going to rack and ruin. There is still a huge amount of fruit on the trees but they have not been trimmed or harvested in ages. What a shame! From what I have heard it used to be an oasis in a desert landscape.

Brandkaros Farm

Brandkaros Farm

Brandkaros Farm

Brandkaros Farm

The farm is just falling apart. Even the irrigation piping is all broken and useless.

From what I can gather there is a reason why this farm and many other businesses in the area are either finished or on there way out. There has been a massive land redistribution in the area to the Richtersveld people and also a lot of money poured in by the government and it is all going to waste. People who have been in the area since the early 18oo’s have been kicked off their land without much, if any, recompense. I am not going to say much more as I am no expert in the field but by the look of it things can only get worse.

Had a great evening with Koos and Lieta. They are or were both teachers and have some wonderful stories to tell while sitting round drinking coffee and Rooibos. Also found out that Koos was at one stage Lietas school principal before they got married. Stunning couple!

About 10pm, after a glorious day we said our good nights and off I went to lala land. After all the walking and day fishing in the sun I slept like the dead.


  1. justBcoz on July 9th, 2009

    I love that photo of you fishing 😀

  2. pbdphoto on July 9th, 2009

    Not a bad photo hey? Set up my little Canon G7 and told Koos to blaze away. All the shots were fine but I liked this one the best.

  3. Hanlie on July 9th, 2009

    Wow! Any trip like this will have its setbacks, but you’ve certainly had a few. I’m sad that things are just going to ruin up there… It’s such a special area!

  4. pbdphoto on July 9th, 2009

    Hi Hanlie It is human nature that when given something for nothing there is no appreciation and very little incentive to work and look after it especially if you have someone pouring in good money after bad.

  5. iso whittle (prince) on May 3rd, 2010

    I typed in my dad’s name and got to your blog. Glad they made an impression on you. They’re on their way to Mozambique now. Told them about your blog. Best of luck.

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