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  • Trip report Namibia May 2013

    We (two couples) are back in a cold and rainy Cape Town after two weeks in Namibia. A short trip report:

    We travelled via the N7 to Vioolsdrif, then the B1 and D316 to Ai Ais. From there we went up to Hobas and to the viewpoint over the Fish River and then went back south to the D212 through the Gamkab Canyon.

    We stayed at Klein Aus for two nights and visited Luderitz, then it was up to Sesriem along the D707, we took a detour to Duwisib Castle along the way. At Sesriem we landed up in the Overflow camp as we were a day too early for our booking and decided to stay in the overflow for the second night as well, as we were not keen on moving camp. We went to see Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, one of the highlights of the trip. Sesriem Canyon was a pleasant surprise, as we found the pool with the barbells.

    Besides the usual plant, bird and animal guide books that I usually take along, I also bought Nicole Grunertís book Namibia- Fascination of Geology. I cannot imagine travelling in Namibia without this book. She explains the geological history and the processes that formed all the major sites in this beautiful landscape in terms that the layman can understand. Here is a link:


    From Sesriem we went to Walvis Bay and Swakop. We intended to skip the last portion of the C14 and after negotiating the Guab and Kuiseb Passes we took the the D1998 and D1982, but somehow missed the link to the C28 and landed up back on the C14. We ascribe this oversight to the fact that we had a great music session going in the car at the time, A night at the Opera. The C14 wasnít as bad as I feared, we had no problems in maintaining a good speed.

    We stayed at the municipal camp in Swakopmund for three nights, did all the touristy things, boat rips, quad bikes, even visited the museum. Dinner was at the Brauhaus, at the Tug (very good) and at Kuckiís. I also bought a new battery for the bakkie at a reasonable price.

    From Swakop we went past Henties Bay to Mile 108 and then inland on the D2303 through the Ugab River and the Save the Rhino camp were we stopped for lunch. Then it was onwards through the Desolation Valley. We intended to visit the two fountains but we had a flat tyre at the intersection where you turn left to the fountains and right to Twyfelfontein and decided to skip that detour as it was getting late in the day. At Twyfelfontein we stayed at Abu Huab Camp. We went to see the engravings, the Orrelpype and the Burnt Mountain, had a few beers (and lunch) at the Twyfelfontein Lodge. We also drove down the Abu Huab for about 17km in search of the desert elephant but had no luck.

    From Abu Huab we went to the Petrified Forest and then via Khorixas and Outjo to my cousins farm on the D2187. We were treated in sheer luxury: game drives, G&Tís in the bush, braais with kudu steak and the best wines Stellenbosch can produce. We also visited Erindi and had beers on the viewing deck overlooking the dam. Saw some animals, including a pack of wild dogs.

    Our last night in Nam was spent in Windhoek, we had some business to conclude at the Tourist Expo, I also managed to see the Rostock Ritz stand, but Walter was in animated conversation at the time and our time was limited as we had a dinner appointment at the Stellenbosch Wine Bar.

    On the way down to Cape Town we overnighted at the Garies Hotel, they are not great in the culinirary department, but their bar lady serves a mean Klippies and coke.

    Best things about Namibia: The big blue sky, the starry nights next to the camp fire, the rugged landscapes, the colours of the distant mountains and the glorious sunsets. And their biggest asset: the people of Namibia. I will be back soon.

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