A short story based on a true experience.
Back in 2017, I went camping alone in the Tankwa Karoo desert for the first time. I did not see a single person for close to a week. It was just me and the desert; the jackals, the porcupines and the old stone ruins. That was my first true isolated experience in the wild and I have been hooked ever since.
I went exploring and I came across an old farmhouse ruin called Biesiesfontein. A strange feeling came over me as soon as I saw the old house. Then there was a moment that left me astounded and it's a memory I will never forget.
Written four years later while camping alone in the Tankwa Karoo desert in 2021.