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Namibia: On the Coast

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Swakopmund
The road to Swakopmund is a grey, dusty road, surrounded by grey, dusty plains, and it goes on and on with hardly a bump or a curve to enliven it. Eventually, however, a sign for Swakopmund appears; and shortly afterwards a fork in the road, and an old museum with a train out front; and then, far to the…

Namibia: Two Deserts, No Dessert

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Jan. 3-8, 2014

The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia was astoundingly painless. When we entered Namibia, we pushed our passports across the counter to the official, who took Darren’s and began filling out the requisite paperwork. The woman at the exit counter opposite, where there was no line, got up and took my passport in order to speed up…

Namibia

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When we entered Namibia I was finally able to see if my loving and conscientious caring of “Jules the Malaria Patient” had paid off in Uganda by becoming ill. Some would argue that my affliction was even more dangerous and life-threatening than malaria, but this blog post, although belated, is proof that I am alive and have a constitution only…

Namwi Island Resort

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We left Nambwa after spending a wonderful 3 days there and headed towards Katimo Mulilo, we were looking forward to visiting a place called Hippo Lodge, we had been going there for many years and were really looking forward to chilling in the bar on the mighty Zambezi.  We first stopped in at the Pick n Pay in Katimo to…

Nambwa Community Camp

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Nwamba Community campsite @R160 per night (2 nights)
We headed out and stopped at the local supermarket and bought a few softdrinks and then headed for the Garage to fill up the water tanks. The place was pumping with stacks of South African vehicles around buying a few supplies from the supermarket at the garage and filling up with fuel. …

Muhangu Lodge

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Mahangu Lodge @ R180 per night (3 nights)
We arrived to a lovely campsite on the river incidentally campsite number 3 and watched the elephants over the river in the afternoons.  It was wonderful to watch the Coucals playing in the reeds and the starlings going about making noise.  It was time for a long overdue oxtail so I got…

Khorab Safari Lodge

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Khorab Safari Lodge and campsite near Otavi @ R210 per night has only 2 campsites each with their own ablution and lapa with table and chairs and a braai.  It is an okay campsite close to the main road so extremely noisy and we woke many times during the night with trucks and vehicle all night.  We left after coffee…

Ngepi Camp

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Ngepi Camp @R190 per night (2 nights)
After phoning ahead after been turned away from Mahangu and Ngepi saying they could help us but only on a bush campsite for the night and a riverfront site the next day we decided to spend 2 nights there.  Upon arrival we checked in and were told that site 12 was ours for…

31st October, Opuwo, Namibia

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I’m once again trying to write an entertaining blog post beneath the distracting cacophony of chirrups and tweets of the various beautiful birds fluttering around me. Needless to say we have now reached our penultimate country, Namibia, and as we expected, it is hot and a little less expected… stormy!

We crossed the border from Zambia to Botswana via the…

A Place of Dry Water

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Africa, a continent of magic. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of Humanity”, it is a land that has drawn me back again and again. Of the many fascinating regions of this vast continent, one of the most compelling is Etosha National Park, set in North-central Namibia. Etosha means “place of dry water”, an excellent description. The semi-arid savannah, full…

Namibian Nomads

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Our arrival in Namibia was inauspicious. Having taken the off road track from near Gunmare in Botswana (quite a bold move in wet season), we bumped and swerved our way to the small shack which marked the border. A brief view of register revealed no Brits had been this way in a year (kudos!), and after teaching the unfortunate army…

Into Botswana

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Day: 137
KLMS 21,957
Our final days in Namibia were spent on the western edge of the Caprivi Strip, at the best camp we’ve stayed at so far, Ngepi.  Nestled on the banks of the Okavango, the camp has been created by someone with a great sense of humour and is known for its unusual open-air toilets and baths scattered…

Namibia

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17th August 2013
The morning starts with rain… just for a change. I have breakfast and then start the long process to get dressed up with all the protections… When I go to the motorbike I realize that the two lateral bags have been opened! It looks all there but I cannot swear it as I don’t recall exactly what…

Swakopmund to Etosha

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Day: 131
KLMS 20,865
Swakopmund is another very German town in Namibia –it definitely doesn’t feel like Africa! We treated ourselves to a posh camp at Alte Brucke where you’re given your own en-suite facilities and endless hot water! Luxury! The next day we found ourselves a mechanic and to our surprise (again) he said he could easily get transfer…

Sarasungu River Lodge

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Sarasungu River Lodge Rundu @R130 per night (3 nights)
We decided to stay at Sarasungu for 3 night’s right from the start.  The campsite is really lovely and there are large shaded grass campsites.  Although we choose a campsite not overlooking the river the river view was only a few steps away.  The birdlife was unbelievable and I was happy…

Duwisib Castle

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Posted from Hardap, Namibia.

We are heading for Duwisib Castle 2 nights – 180 per night.  We arrive early afternoon and pay our fees and start setting up camp.  The campsites are really nice each with table and chairs and braai and the bathrooms are clean and look as they are newly renovated.  Another 2 couple also arrive later.  We…

Windhoek

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Windhoek – The Vineyard B+B and campsite – R250 per night (2night)
As we were entering Windhoek I phoned the Vineyard to see if they had available space.  Colin said yes and that he was in town and we were welcome he would catch up with us later.  We headed towards Metro to get some wine and some fresh vegetables…

Solataire

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Solitaire Country Lodge campsite @ R200 per night 2 nights.
We enjoy the drive to Solitaire and arrive there at around 3 o’clock. The camp is quite close to the road it may be noisy but we think we will be okay.  We pop into the quaint bakery in this little town and according to a sign as you enter…

Aus and Garub Wild Horses

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Posted from Aus, Karas, Namibia.

As we get to the turnoff to the canyon Larry changes his mind as says he doesn’t really want to go to the canyon as what we have just seen alongside the road has been an experience enough. So we turn left and head for the Garub Horses near Luderitz.  Are we going to be…

Big Red Dunes of Sossusvlei

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Day: 123
KLMS 19,226
We left Luderitz in shock, not quite believing what had happened. Did we really just blow the engine up in the desert? And did the one mechanic who would see us, just so happen to have the part we needed to fix the car? We were too nervous to celebrate, it all seemed too flukey. As…

Vioolsdrift to Ais-Ais hot springs

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Posted from Ais-Ais, Karas, Namibia.

We pay our road taxes at the border of R220 and have our passports stamped within no time we on our way to Ais-Ais.  It really feels so good to be back in this beautiful country.  One thing is for sure that in Namibia most the roads are dirt roads but they are extremely well…

Kylie’s Nine Lives

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Day 120:
KLMS 18,275:
Pajero means a number of different things – In Spanish the word ‘Pajero’ means ‘Wanker’ but in the rest of the world including Mitsubishi HQ  Japan, ‘Pajero’ means Mountain Lion! A mountain lion is essentially a cat and if they say that a cat has 9 lives, Kylie has lost yet another one, but by some…

Staying in Luderitz for awhile

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So things are not looking good at the moment. After managing to find a mechanic this morning who would look at Kylie, (two turned us away when they saw it was mitsubishi) it seems one of the cylinders has gone on the engine. Our V6 is now only a V5 after a component from the inlet manifold fell off into…

Defrosting in Namibia: Ai-Ais – Luderitz

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Day 116:
KLMS 18,275:
We crossed into Namibia at the Rietfontein border post, just as Kylie celebrated her 300,000klm birthday. It was all fairly straightforward except for a debate as to whether the Carnet, should or shouldn’t be stamped (technically South Africa, Namibia and Botswana all fall under the same stamp) but as we’d been stamped out of South Africa,…

Off to Namibia again along the West Coast flower route

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It’s the last weekend before we planning on leaving, the date just seems to get earlier and earlier after all what is stopping us leaving right now we packed and ready so we decided on Monday that Wednesdays the day, we leaving and it is only the 24th July our original date was the 1st of August is now no…

NOORD NAMIBIË

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NOORD NAMIBIE: LEEG, WILD, ONHERBERGZAAM EN SPECTACULAIR
Namibië is ongeveer 20x zo groot als Nederland en er wonen zo’n 2 miljoen mensen. Dat is dus al behoorlijk leeg. Daarvan gaan we deze week één van de minst bewoonde gebieden in. Op dit moment zitten we trouwens in de koudste maand van het jaar met minimum temperaturen tot 10 graden. Overdag…

Newsflash – second article published

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Good news!
The second of two articles have been published in the July issue of 4×4 Magazine in the UK (www.4x4i.com).
Here is the link to the latest issue online: http://www.4x4i.com/magazine/latest-issue.html.
Please support the magazine and rush out and buy yourself a copy in your local (UK) newsagent.
Enjoy!…

WE GAAN NAAR NAMIBIË

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TOT ZIENS ZUID-AFRIKA
Wat hebben wij een drukke tijd gehad in Nederland! Behalve alle familiebezoek, vrienden en kennissen, oppassen op mijn kleindochter (leuk!) en 2 verjaardagen was er de overlander-rëunie van Coen en Karin-Marijke die al een jaar of 10 reizen. We begroeten er oude bekenden, maken kennis met nieuwe reizigers en wisselen ervaringen uit. Wij zijn vraagbaak voor…

Last stop in Namibia

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It had to come to an end.  Our time in Namibia has been incredible, and we have only really scratched the surface of what there is to explore, see and experience.  But there is much of Africa waiting for us – so onwards we must continue.
Our last stop in Namibia was in Katima Mulilo, the town closest to…

Interview with a Viking

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One gorgeous morning on the deck at Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge (and camping) I set out to interview the Viking himself.  We are overlooking the Zambezi River, with Zambia visible on the banks on the other side.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing.  What better place for an interview!

African GirlChild (AGC):  So, here we sit on the banks of the…