Sephton’s Nek appears to have been named after Thomas Sephton, a British immigrant that arrived in the Zeerust district in 1860. He worked as a prospector and after finding some traces of gold, was partly responsible for starting a sudden rush on what was to become the Malmani Goldfields, today called Ottoshoop. The pass is situated on the tarred R49 route between Zeerust and Kopfontein, which is the primary border post used by most South Africans when travelling by car to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Also located along this road is Madikwe, one of the largest game parks in South Africa.
This week we bring you something completely different as we take you on a 6000 km journey from Cape Town to Caprivi and back in a colourful tapestry of experiences and an ascerbic rookie take on life on the great African plains.
This is a quirky look at a city boy's take on life in the bush and a first time trip into Botswana. There was enough dust on the dashboard to keep a 5 year old busy for hours drawing stick figures (luckily we didn't have a 5 year old or stick figures), but after 3000 fairly boring kilometres from Cape Town via Calvinia, Kenhardt, Keimoes, Upington , Kathu (where a passing bakkie hurled a fair sized stone up which smashed our windscreen), Tshabong, Khakea, Kang, and Ghanzi we finally reached Maun at midday on the third day of travelling through the most featurelessly boring and flat terrained country I have yet seen. There is good reason for this – it’s to prepare you for some wildly exciting, adrenaline charged camping, once you reach Northern Botswana.
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