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Ever heard of 'Brulsand'?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By J'nette on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

It's a roaring dune in the Witsand Nature Reserve, Kalahari.


We approached the dune not knowing what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised when the dune started to moan as we climbed the steep slope.

As we played in the sand, the dune made these odd noises, almost like whales talking to one another in the deep blues.

These dunes were formed when light Kalahari sand was blown into the quartzite formation. Because of oxides the sand consist of may different colours. The sand must be warm, dry and clean to produce the roaring sound.


The dark green Camel Thorn trees show the overflow of the quartzite basin.


Witsand Nature Reserve is a beautiful place to visit with comfortable accommodation.

chalet bedroom

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gerald Dorrington on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 05:19 pm: Edit Post

Welkom terug, en 'n voorspoedige 2005 vir julle!

Very interesting! I remember vaguely hearing of the Brulsand many years ago, but have never met someone who has been there.

What is the nearest town to Witsand? How much gravel vs. tar road, and how is the condition of the gravel roads?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By J'nette on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 04:50 am: Edit Post

We stopped over at Witsand on our way from Kuruman, Northern Cape. On the N14, 5km after Olifantshoek, there is a turn off to your left. The gravel road is about 70km. The condition? Not to bad, but more suitable for 4x4's and donkey cars, than smart city vehicles. People from the area will find my comment annoying, because they are use to travel these roads every day. We took a detour on our way back with a more than 150km gravel road between Prieska and Williston. Beautiful area because of the Orange River winding through most of these small towns.

You can visit their website at www.witsandkalahari.co.za

The Brulsand dunes were a real experience !!!

All of the best for 2005.

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