Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Bethulie to Venterstad

At 820, 821 & 839km's...

After leaving Bethulie our first stop was the bridge over the Orange river just outside Bethulie. This bridge is the longest road and rail bridge in South Africa. From the main road there are no satisfactory views of the bridge itself and I left a 'good' photograph of the bridge for another time. The are large sandbanks here and in the distance I could see fisherman, and eland grazing on the river banks. The Orange river is our biggest river and it certainly looked large standing on the bridge and looking down. We crossed the river a few times on our journey and it didn't always look this impressive...our rivers are rather small by the rest of the worlds standards.

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The landscape surrounding the Gariep dam to Venterstad and to the dam wall is quite beautiful with very little man made artifacts to spoil the natural landscape, except lone telephone poles bisecting the landscape and a few cattle here and there.

Before Venterstad we crossed the Winnaarsbaken river and I stopped on the bridge to have a look and a few photographs.


Winnaarsbaken river

Winnaarsbaken River




View of the Orange river near Bethulie


All in all the journey from Bethulie to Philippolis was rather uneventful partly because of the heat and most of my images were of empty landscapes and storm clouds....

regards, Ivan...
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