The Nitty Splitty Nomads Part 2

Tom ‘Dusty’ Silva & Mike ‘The Mechanic’ continue through the Karoo to the Cape and finally make their way to Namibia with the rest of the team!

The Nitty Splitty Nomads, from the Karoo to the Cape. The Adventures of Mike and Tom.

Onwards into the Karoo we went, crossing a vast landscape of nothingness. Rocks and short scrubby bushes stretching for miles. It was beautiful in its emptiness.

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That night we camped at Warmwaterberg, an oasis in this dry region and spent the afternoon soaking and relaxing in the hot springs. Highly recommended! Especially after long days on the road.


In the morning we pushed on to Cape Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is the southernmost most point of Africa. Where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans converge.

Riding through the rain and clouds, going slowly along the slippery mountain pass roads. Towards Cape Agulhas.

We arrived in the afternoon just in time to watch the sunset and the full moon rise with our feet in the two Oceans. It was an awesome experience, sipping whisky from our flasks and taking in this rare moment.

Pushing onto Cape Town in the morning, we hugged the coastline carving up some sweet coastal roads. Zooming along underneath the mountains that overlook the waters below.

After a long ride, we squeezed our fat loaded bikes through Capetonian traffic,  pulling up at the Cape Town Royal Yacht Club. Meeting up with Sean the Prawn and Zani a bit later. That evening was the once a year free wine tasting event. Perfect timing. Delicious wines and fine cheeses. Blind taste testing and jovial company. Excellent.

We met some nice fellows whilst the wine was flowing, Chase and David and their Skipper, Noel, who let us stow away on their Hunter 34′ yacht the next day. Less than 24 hours in Cape Town and then sailing up the coast to Hout Bay. It was an amazing way to see a beautiful part of the World.

On the journey there, hundreds of seals jumped, played and chased fish all around us.

Mike and I bonding with a fat seal in Hout Bay. Gave him a nice fishy kiss.

Sailing back the next day after sleeping on the boat that night, we took off from the Yacht Club and found a place to camp at River Lodge Backpackers. (Alright place, but was cheap for Cape Town.)
We met up with the others the day after next. And reunited once more we stand.

Check out what they got up to shortly. And the next part of the journey as we made our way around Cape Town and then Northwards to Namibia!
Coming soon!

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All the best from Tom Dusty Silva and the rest of The Nitty Gritty Nomads.

Author: The nitty gritty nomads

4 motorcycles, zig zagging through Africa… set out on discovering the continents wondrous archaeology, local cooking secrets as well as educating and engaging with local communities. We will be travelling through 14 countries, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rowanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and then back through Madagascar.

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