Namibia Trip Report March 2013





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    Default Namibia Trip Report March 2013

    Hi everyone

    We did a trip to Namibia from 4.03.2013 till 22.03.2013. What a beautiful country, so much to see and so little time. The people are so friendly and welcoming and was a pleasure visiting.

    Day 1 Was a drive from Port Shepstone to Golden Gate national park.
    Day 2 We drove to Mokala national park
    Day 3 Was to Augrabies, roadworks made this quite a long drive and we reached just before sunset.
    Day 4 We were hoping to drive to the Richtersveld but were exhausted so spent another night at Augrabies falls.
    Day 5 We left at 7am and entered Namibia at Onseekpans border which didn't take more than 15 minutes. We drove to Ai ais hot springs resort where we spent the next 2 days. We went for walks in the dry river bed, swam in the hot pools, visited the fish river canyon and just relaxed.
    Day 7 We drove to Klein Aus vista campsite and stayed 2 nights. Visited Kolmanskop, Luderitz and drove to Dias point.
    Day 9 Today was a nice short drive to Koiimassis game ranch in the Tiras mountains. We loved it here and could've stayed a while but had to leave the next morning.
    Day 10 Was a lovely drive to Sesriem camp. The campsites are really nice with a huge tree in the centre and bordered by a low circular stone wall with the soft dune sand at your feet. We went for a hike in the Sesriem canyon and left the next morning for Sossusvlei at dawn to watch the sunrise over the massive dunes. What an amazing experience . That night under the starlit sky and the smell of fresh bread baking on the coals we couldn't have asked for more. A lone Jackal had followed the scent of the lamb chops sizzling on the grill and the missus ran into the tent leaving me to fend off the predator
    Day 12 We left for Rostock Ritz desert lodge... I go into a state of relaxation just thinking about this place. We spent the afternoon lazing by the pool and taking in the magnificent scenery. We were treated to an amazing dinner and slept like royalty in the stone cottage. Thanks to Walter and team for a lovely stay.
    Day 13 Was off to Swakopmund. A very scenic drive and few hours later we were sitting on a deck in Walvis bay having fish and chips. We stayed at Sophia dale chalets in Swakopmund. Enjoyed waking around in town, admiring the architecture, sipping coffee on the sidewalks and eating out.
    Day 15 We left Swakopmund at 10am after stocking up on supplies and drove to Spitzkoppe, we arrived early and after driving through decided to push on to Windhoek where we spent the night.
    Day 16 We had planned to drive to Mata Mata and stay outside the park but a stone off an oncoming truck put a hole in our window with a crack spreading all the way across. We stopped in Mariental where we located a windscreen but had to spend the night. Thanks to Kalahari Auto body works for seeing to it immediately and having it ready by 5pm.
    Day 17 We drove to Mata Mata and was great to be in CKGR. The small creatures at the campsite were aplenty with squirrels and birds keeping us entertained.
    Day 18 Our journey was coming to an end but we still had one more night. We left for Twee Rivieren at 10am and had a relaxing drive with plenty of stops. The kids were thrilled to spot all the different animals.
    Day 19 We left at 8am and made our long journey home.

    Thanks to all the members here for your help in putting this trip together. Sorry for lack of details but hope the pics will make up for it.

    Cheers
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    Thank you very much for the pictures!
    Next week I'm leaving Belgium to enjoy all this beauty myself for 3,5 weeks. You just brought me there for a few minutes, sadly I'm in Belgium again now

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    awesome pics, thanks for sharing. very cool!
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    Thanks for posting! Excellent pics!

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    Thanks for the nice pics,cant wait for our trip next year.
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    Great pics. You will never forget the trip. On our wish list for 2014.

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    Great report, great photos. It is photos like this that make me want to take leave and make a quick trip.

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    Default Don't ever trust cost way in Namibia.

    Don't ever trust Coastways tours Luderitz. That is not an honest company We are
    french people and we've booked a tour with Coastways tours luderitz, in november 2012. But we've got a problem (car broken and somebody ill...)We have to cancel our booking. We told him our problem end of february 2013 for a tour in august 2013 and, in the contract he should have given us the money back( N$46,593.54).
    During 7 months he promise us to give us all the money back and then in july he finaly gave us N$22,262. That is not even half of what he should have given us back. The contract was clear, he should have repaid us N$ 46,593. So PLEASE don't give your confidence to this company. You'll loose your money.
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    This last post concerning Coastways was to my knowledge posted in the wrong spot.BUT: Every story has two versions and I firmly believe the WHOLE STORY has not been told.Coasways has been around for a very long time and very good reputation has been maintained for years.
    Please note I am not related to or in business with either of the two parties involved.

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    you right, but really it's because we tought he has that very good reputation that we gave him our confidence. But definitely our experience with him (you're right that's our),is that, you can not trust them.

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    If you want I can send you all the detail in private message like that you can do your own opinion

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    great pics!

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    Thanks for sharing.
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    Where did you camp in KTP between Mata Mata and Twee Rivieren?

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