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    Default Two Monkeys in Africa: Ongoing Trip Report Cape Town to Uganda and back.

    This is my first post on this forum, I'm Hugo, 25 years old and married to Caro, 27. We are currently overlanding through Africa. We try to keep a daily journal that we post on our blog, http://twomonkeys.in, but I will also post it here as I know some people prefer it to just read a forum. So here goes the day 0:

    11 February 2017
    The day before the big day finally arrived. Even though we have been planning and shopping for almost a month (yes, not very long), we still had a long list of things to do. We went to Cape Gate Mall with Hugo’s brother, Rossouw.

    After standing in line at Nedbank for more than an hour Hugo got told that he should have phoned in as they cannot help him with allowing his card to work overseas.

    Caro also had to go to Capitec to activate the banking app on her phone, but their systems were offline for almost two hours. At least we bought some outstanding items like Tracks4Africa and a mosquito net.

    Back at Hugo’s parents’ house our travel companions arrived with an Uber. Despite their laid back appearance (long hair, sleeveless shirts, tattoos, backpacks and even an Ukulele), they showed up exactly at 14:00 as planned. We ‘met’ Mario and Sam on Couchsurfing after posting about our planned trip. They’re two young guys from Switzerland, which might explain their punctuality.


    Our first traveling companions

    We packed everything out of the MonkeyMobile (our recently bought Toyota Hilux KZ-TE 3.0 2003 4×4) to make sure that we don’t forget anything, but it was too hot so we decided to first go to some grocery shopping with the Swiss.

    We went to Makro and bought food for R800 (excluding meat) which should last the first week. Back at the house we checked everything off our packing list and packed it back in. Everything fits, but 3 clothing bags still need to fit in.

    Hugo’s parents prepared a big traditional South African braai and we all ate enough to last almost the whole trip.

    After dinner we still had to finish some work and only got to bed after midnight.
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    12 February
    Day 1: Cape Point – Yzerfontein


    Distance: 261km
    Moving time: 4:42
    Average speed: 55km/h

    We initially planned on starting the trip on the 13th of February, but Hugo’s parents wanted to have a proper farewell, so we decided to leave on Sunday the 12th.
    Lying in bed the morning Hugo googled whether we needed a visa for Tanzania or not. The Answer: Yes! Oh well, we’ll just have to figure it out along the way.

    After another big South African breakfast we decided to start the trip from Cape Point where Hugo’s parents will say their goodbyes. At 11:00 we finally had everything packed to the brim including two crates of wood on the roof.

    We drove via the Ou Kaapseweg to Simon’s Town and then stopped at Boulders beach to visit the penguins. It’s R70 entrance, but luckily we bought a Wild Card two days ago, which we forgot in the car, so we had to walk all the way back.

    Penguins at Boulders’ Beach

    Entrance to Cape Point was another R85 per person, but again our Wild Card came to the rescue. At the Cape of Good Hope, the most south western point of Africa, we took another group photo between the other masses of tourists. As if we didn’t eat enough the previous night and this morning, Hugo’s parents brought another massive picnic with cold meats and cheeses and even koeksisters for the Swiss to try.




    After saying our final goodbyes and finally ‘officially’ starting our trip, we hiked to the lighthouse. At 16:00 we realised that we should try and leave the city tonight, otherwise we will be stuck in Monday morning traffic.

    We drove to Ganzekraal just past Melkbosstrand, but the security said they don’t allow people after office hours. At 19:00 we arrived at Yzerfontein’s caravan park. The office was also closed, but there was a number that we could phone. Within minutes a nice lady booked us in. To our surprise there were a few other campers and the facilities where very good.

    After walking on the windy beach we braai’ed tjops and made cous cous. We only went to sleep at 23:00.


    Yzerfontein beach at sunset


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    Thanks for the initiative to post here, wishing you luck.
    Hope you come right with officialdom as it appears you did minimal research in preparations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Thanks for the initiative to post here, wishing you luck.
    Hope you come right with officialdom as it appears you did minimal research in preparations.
    Thanks, so far so good, but then again we're still just in Namibia.

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    Day 2: Yzerfontein to Lamberstbaai



    Distance: 216km
    Moving time: 2:51
    Average speed: 76km/h

    We woke up at 08:00 clock with the sound of waves not too far away. We ate some of the left-over buns of yesterday’s picnic with some peanut butter and syrup. Over coffee we talked for a long time and only left at Yzerfonteint at 10:00.

    Yesterday we realized fot the first time that two of the canopy’s locks are broken. Lucikily one of the few places who sell the exact same locks have a branch in Langebaan – 4x4Direct. We thus made a detour to Langebaan to buy new locks, draw money and fill up on Diesel.

    From there we went to Velddrif where Hugo grew up. We did the obligatory drive through Bokkomlaan and bought some Bokkoms. Hugo showed the others his childhood home before going to Laaiplek for lunch at the Harbour. Die Visvlekhuis never fails to impress. Even the ribs that the Swiss ordered (from a fish and chips cafe!) was good.


    Bokkoms drying in the sun in Bokkomlaan, Velddrif

    Our next stop was Lambertsbaai. At the T-juntion after Elandsbaai we got to a sign that said ‘Road Closed’. We decided that the MonkeyMobile doesn’t need a road, we reached Lambertsbaai without encountering any further signs and barely any construction workers. Thankfully we didn’t take the long way around for nothing.

    In Lambertsbaai we visited the Bird Island (R40 p.p, free with Wild Card) before heading 4km back to Malkoppan where we decided to camp for the night (R75 p.p).


    Cape Gannets at Bird Island in Lambert’s Bay

    Since it was still quite early Hugo went back to Lambertsbaai to catch up on some work while the rest had to face the cold Lambertsbaai wind with all their warm clothes in the car with Hugo.

    The Swiss decided it is their turn to make dinner. They braai’ed Boerewors (from Namibia); made sweet potatoes and butternut on the fire; and Spaghetti with a white sauce (consisting of only milk and beef stock). We ate like Kings.

    Finally, at 22:00 we climbed into our roof top tent and watched the full moon rise over the horizon.

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    Day 3: West Coast


    Distance: 175km
    Moving time: 4:30
    Average speed: 39km/h


    We stayed in bed until the sun baked us out. For breakfast we had coffee and rusks, which the Swiss prefer to eat dry as they don’t like the crumbles in their coffee.

    At 10:00 we are finally packed up and drive through Lambert’s Bay again. We stop at the Transnet road control point to see if we can drive on it. At first the guards said it is not allowed and our roof top tent will definitely not blend in with the usual Transnet traffic, but for R20 they said we can drive on the road if we go very quickly.

    On the road we passed several other cars and people who all gave a friendly wave, so it didn’t feel illegal at all. There were also no further guards, so we drove all the way to Doringbaai on this road saving a lot of time and diesel.

    Just outside town we saw a two-track road turning to the beach, we took it and saw other campers, to get back on the main road Hugo made a steep incline which made Caro stress in fear that we will tip over. Hugo assured her that it is nothing compared to what lies ahead in Africa, that didn’t reassure her at all.
    Close to Doringbaai lies Strandfontein, a nice little town with internet speeds of up to 20Mbps. There’s also a caravan park with nice views over the ocean.



    Strandfontein


    From there we took the tar road to Lutzville where we bought some snacks and Caro got a pair of flipflops from PEP for R30. From Lutzville we drove to Koekenaap and took a left at the second road. After deflating the tyres we headed straight for the beach. We continued driving on ‘roads’ next to the beach which doesn’t appear on either Google Maps or Open Street Maps (I’ll try and add it sometime). Tracks4Africa on the other hand did not only have the main ‘West Coast 4×4 trail’, but also every possible sand track turnoff.

    We had lunch at 14:00 close to the ocean: Cheese, tomato, peanut butter and honey sandwiches — not everything together. Caro showed the Swiss colourful sea anemone (apparently not pronounced anemown), before we continued along the sandy tracks.



    Colourful sea anemone


    We had no idea for how long the no-mans land sections lasts so we had quiet the debate as to where to sleep for the night as we didn’t suddenly want to be somewhere where we cannot camp anymore, but also didn’t want to have to drive too far the next day on the sandy tracks.

    We saw a few ‘permanent’ campsites (caravans or structures providing shade) that farmers set up to be used over the holidays and also one or two groups of people camping next to the beach. It is diffucult to find any information on this road between Lutzville and the Namakwa National Park. To us it seemed like there are three disctinct sections. The part from the turn-off after Koekenaap to Namakwa Sands (next to the beach). From Namakwa Sands to a farmer’s gate. At from that gate to the Namakwa National Park gate. I think a lot of people only start the ‘trail’ after Namakwa Sands. The reason for the disctinction at the Farmer’s Gate (should have taken a picture of his details at the gate) is that after the gate there are sign posts indicating various ‘camping spots’ like Tietiesbaai, Volwaterbaai, Ruitersvlei, Sewejaarskop, etc. The camping spots still has no facilities and is still free to camp (we assumed), but was possibly ‘set-up’ to reduce the impact of camping anywhere. It looks like the signposts (large squares build with rocks and cement) where set up by the municipality and some people mistakenly took it for a place to put their trash, which is now just lying around and polluting the area. Please remove your own trash!



    One of the sign posts showing the Sewejaarskop campsite.


    We ended up sleeping somewhere after Ruitersvlei. This Satellite view will give a better idea of the sand tracks and the beach we camped on. The MonkeyMobile performed really well through the soft sand and we had no issues so far.

    It was the Monkeys turn to make dinner. The Waeco Fridge has been set to -5C and has been performing really well. We took out 4 T-bone steaks which was still frozen solid. Caro made Pap with Chakalaka and Hugo braai’ed the Steaks. The Swiss enjoyed their box wine bought in Lutzville, while the Monkeys had ice cold beer shandy’s. While enjoying dinner with the sun setting, we realised it is Valentine’s Day. Even though it was a team effort Hugo received 10 out of 10 for best Valentine’s dinner ever. Afterwards we all went to wash the dishes in the ocean sand.

    We played Sushi Go and ‘Be nice to’ the Neighbour till late at night.

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    Day 4: West Coast to Richtersveld



    Distance: 407km
    Moving time: 6:55
    Average speed: 59km/h

    This time we really woke with the ocean thundering right next to us. In the misty morning air we made coffee and ate rusks again. We manage to leave by 09:30, but first the Go Pro had to be fixed onto the Snorkel to get a FPV of us potentially getting stuck trying to get to the road again. Luckily (or unfortunately) the MonkeyMobile went up the steep and thick ‘sand dune’ like it was a flat asphalt road.

    We got to the Namakwa National Park and decided we had seen enough of the Wild West Coast, so we went on the gravel road inland to Garies. After refueling we headed for Springbok on the N7. To pass time Hugo and Caro played ‘Name, Diere, Dorpe’ without paper. A one point they even heard the Swiss playing ‘I spy with my little eye’ in Swiss German.

    In Springbok we made use of Nando’s WiFi and Peri-peri chicken. We tried to find out how the Richtersveld Conservancy works, but no number on any website worked and not even the Springbok info office had any idea. In the end we just drove to Eksteensfontein, but their info office was already closed at 16:55. The shop next door had some information sheets of the area. We looked on the GPS for camping spots and saw a few, the directions went straight from Eksteensfontein into the Richtersveld, but the paper information said something about a gate at Rooiberg.




    Road to Rooiberg Gate

    At Rooiberg someone was still sitting close to the boom and asked R20 p.p for camping. We happily paid it and followed the GPS on a scenic 4×4 drive to Fluorspar. Fluorspar is an old Fluor mining ‘village’ (three houses), since we didn’t want to see any man made objects we drove to Sun Valley campsite a few kilometers further.

    We arrived just before sunset. While putting up camp Caro started boiling corn and made the fire. We braai’ed our last tjops and had carrot salad, corn and potatoes with it.




    Nice shelter around fire place

    The night sky was the most beautiful we had ever seen, with the milky way a bright white stroke. We went to bed early at 22:30 as we were all tired from the long drive.

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    Day 5: Richtersveld



    Distance: 168km
    Moving time: 4:47
    Average speed: 35km/h

    We set an alarm for the first time and managed to pack up and leave an hour earlier. We also ate cereal for the first time as the rusks supply was getting low.

    We decided to first finish the Sun Valley circle route. We came accross another campsite, Bastersfontein, with wooden houses. They were very dilapidated with broken or missing windows and doors. It looks like it hasn’t been used for years. If anyone knows what the official word is about the Richtersveld World Heritage site and whether we were actually allowed to camp in it, please comment below. From there we followed the GPS to Eksteensfontein on the route that it suggested yesterday. To our surprise we reached Eksteensfontein without passing any gates or anything, so it seems like one can enter this way as well. Again I would like to express my gratitude for buying Tracks4Africa, we heard a lot of bad things from people, but I don’t see how any other GPS/Mapping solution would have gotten us through the West Coast or the Richtersveld.




    Somewhere along the Sun Valley circle route



    The dilapidated Bastersfontein campsite

    From Eksteensfontein we followed a few wide and corrugated gravel roads to the Richtersveld National Park Gate. We were planning on crossing at Sendelingsdrif today. To our dismay we were informed that the pont were closed. We had two options. Drive to Oranjemund or camp inside the park at hope it opens the next day.

    We opted for the latter. It turned out quite expensive for the Swiss as they had to pay a conservation fee of R74 (SA price) on top of the ±R100 p.p camping (R225 for 2 people + R82 per extra person). We camped at the Potjiespram Camp Site, which they admitted themselves are not the best site. In the end our stay was rather enjoyable and even included a short float on the orange river.

    The Swiss made food again: Corned Meat with tomato, carrot and butternut that was cooked on the fire in foil. We finished eating before sunset and played card games again until 21:00.

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    Day 6: Sendelingsdrif to Noordoewer via Oranjemund




    Distance: 350km
    Moving time: 6:14
    Average speed: 58km/h

    We got up early again as we wanted an early start. We packed up in good time, but just as we’re all ready to get in and go we couldn’t close the tailgate. After several attempts we realised the only option is to unload everything and take closer inspection. We couldn’t really figure out how it is possible for the drawer system to have moved outward, but after hitting it several times and packing everything in again we got it to close.

    We still managed to get to Sendelingsdrif by 10:00. The river was calm and the pont was back on the water. Feeling glad that we chose to stay we walked to the immigration office, a police officer intercepted us at gave the bad news: “Yes, the pont is on the water, but the Immigration officials are still on ‘holiday’ in Springbok.” We had no choice but to cross at Oranjemund.



    So close but yet so far, the pont is on the river but there are no immigration officers to check us out.

    The border crossing went smoothly and it gave us the opportunity to drive on a road that would otherwise require a permit. After driving for a few hours we reached the point where we started the morning, just 200m accross the river.



    The GPS showing that we are back where we started. We camped under those trees on the opposite side of the river.

    We continued to Aus to find Diesel as we wanted to try and reach Hobas. The locals told us that the nearest Petrol Station is 50km away at Noordoewer. At the Spar someone mentioned that there is however Diesel at the Agrimark. After driving on the wrong road trying to find the Agri Mark, we realised we don’t have enough time to reach Hobas so we drove to Amanzi Trails Campsite (R140 p.p) near Noordoewer. This must be a first, being close to three different border crossings to the same country in one day.

    The Swiss made dinner again: Pasta with their signature white sauce, tuna and tomato.

    We went to bed at 22:00 as we were tired from all the driving.

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    Day 7: Noordoewer to Fish River Canyon




    Distance: 272km
    Moving time: 3:32
    Average speed: 77km/h

    Today we finally moved closer to the equator again, after being stuck at the same latitude for three nights.

    We basically just drove from Noordoewer to Hobas. We made a quick stop at Grünau and then had lunch at the Cañon Roadhouse. The Monkeys shared a Roadhouse Burger (R80) and their famous Amarula Cheesecake (R45). Caro also tried the Malawian Shandy.

    The bar inside Cañon Roadhouse

    We arrived at Hobas around 14:00. After paying for the camping (R170 p.p), we washed our clothes and went for a swim in the swimming pool that could use a Kreepy Krauly.

    We sat around and waited for the sun to set. Two big Nomad tour trucks arrived full of Americans, Australians and Asians. We heard they are also going to the Canyons for sunset so shortly after they left for the viewing point, we left as well.

    We went to three different viewing points and watched the sun set over the second largest canyon in the world, what an amazing sight.



    Sam, Mario and Hugo at the Cayons viewing point




    Photos doesn’t do it justice. This is also the most water that I have ever seen in the Fish River.

    We waited till after sunset before returning to our campsite. While Hugo and the Swiss set up camp Caro made Spahetti and Chalaka with extra corn and butternut mixed in.


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    All going well so far, keep it up.

    The challenges will soon start to appear, looking forward to some adventures ??
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    Day 8: Canyons to Lüderitz




    Distance: 426km
    Moving time: 4:53
    Average speed: 87km/h

    For Breakfast we ate the lasts rusks and soft rolls with peanut butter and syrup. We drove past the Cañon Roadhouse again and then turned left towards Seeheim. We stopped about halfway at Mount Canyon, a new place that wasn’t there last time Hugo drove on this road. Mount Canyon (the name is apparently not yet fixed) belongs to a couple who had the farm for many years, but only recently returned to open the roadside shop selling biltong, biscuits, cooldring and the likes. They also have camping spots and B&B rooms for much better rates then any of the surrounding options. If we knew of its existence we would have camped there for R70 cheaper per person.

    The road to Seeheim was closed due to the river coming down so we had to drive via the Naute Dam. The B2 is just a long straight road all the way to Luderitz. We stopped at the general dealer in Aus and finally found some Oasis Grapefruit water that the monkeys fell in love with from their last trip to Namibia.




    At Klein Aus Vista we enquired about camping and was informed that Kolmanskoppe which we intended to visit today closes at 13:00 and it was already passed one. We however drove on and stopped at the water point for the Wild Horses for lunch (dried out brown bread from Aus). We saw some wild horses, oryx and ostriches.


    Descending towards Luderitz

    In Luderitz we found a backpackers. The Monkeys opted for a dorm room which was promised that they can have for themselves, while the Brudis (as the Swiss will be called from now on: Brudis is colloquial Swiss German for something like bro (or dude), the name they constantly call each other.) camped in the backyard. The monkeys made use of the WiFi to update their blog.

    For dinner the Brudis braai’ed chicken and Caro made oven vegetables. We only went to bed after 01:00.


    Luderitz harbour



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    Day 9: Kolmanskop




    Distance: 74km
    Moving time: 1:26
    Average speed: 51km/h

    We got up before 08:00 and ate Nutrific for breakfast. We got to Kolmanskop (R85 p.p) before 09:00, just in time for the first tour. We spent almost almost three hours there taking thousands of pictures.



    Afterwards we drove to Dias Point and Grossebucht, not much to see, but the landscape was interesting. We arrived back in Luderitz at about 13:00 and went in search of take away fish and chips. Luckily Caro and the Swiss found a place that sold a fish parcel for R30 and we avoided having to pay R110 at the place Hugo found just opposite the road.


    Fish and Chips parcel

    Back at the Backpackers the Monkeys continued working on their blog and other paid work. Mario and Caro later went to do some shopping. Mario treated us with a delicious vegetable curry, cous-cous and crispy, spicy potatoes.

    We played card games till after 23:00.

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    Day 10: Lüderitz to Duwisib




    Distance: 341km
    Moving time: 4:00
    Average speed: 85km/h

    We packed up slowly and only left the backpackers at 10:00. We filled up in Lüderitz and then drove to Aus and stopped at the General Dealer again. We deflated the tyres, bought airtime and tried to draw cash, but the ATM didn’t work.




    The Church in Aus

    We took the C13 to Helmeringhausen and stopped for the self-proclaimed best Apple Tart in Namibia. The Monkeys shared an Apple Tart and a Bratwurst with Kartoffelsalat. The Apple Tart received good points, but we will have to wait until Solitaire for the final verdict.




    Apple tart at Helmeringhausen

    After lunch we drove to Duwisib Castle and camped at the private camp site next door. Caro is the only one who went to do the tour. They didn’t have a guide and just gave her a piece of paper with some of the history. The castle was only inhabited for 5 years by the original owners.

    We swam and worked a bit at the reception of the campsite before making spaghetti and mince for dinner.


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    Day 11: Duwisib to Sossusvlei



    Distance: 294km
    Moving time: 4:22
    Average speed: 67km/h

    Our alarm went off at 07:00, but we snoozed for a while longer. For breakfast we had newly bought ProNutro. Sam softened the old bread by eating wet ProNutro on his bread with syrup.

    We packed up and left for Sesriem, where we arrived at 12:00. We bought lunch at the Oasis shop, before entering the park. Initially we only paid the park fees and went to the Sesriem Canyon. It was so hot that we decided we can’t go to the Dunes now, we have to wait until later so we will have to camp at Sesriem (R200p.p). We paid for the camping and went for a swim before going to campsite no 24B.



    Hugo sitting in a cave in the Sesriem Canyon

    We set up the table and chairs and tried to play Sushi Go, but the wind kept blowing our cards away. Caro then made Pancake mix and Mario made popcorn before we left for the Dunes.

    We had to deflate the tyres to go the last 4km over soft sand. We immediatley set out for Big Daddy Dune, which the Monkeys almost didn’t make. Finally we reached the top and had magnificent views over Sossusvlei. We tried to slide down the dune with the tarpaulin we carried up, but it was an epic fail. We resorted to pulling each other on it.

    We got to the bottom as the shadows completely covered Dead Pan. We had to do a brisk walk to the car and drove back in complete darkness (except for the headlights). We missed the gate closing time by 20 minutes, but no-one stop us, so we just proceeded to our campsite. We reach our site at 21:00 and still had to eat dinner and set up our tents.

    Caro made smash and heated some of yesterday’s left overs.


    Our camping spot

    Related Album: http://twomonkeys.in/a/sossusvlei-sesriem/
    GPX Track: http://twomonkeys.in/day-11-duwisib-sossusvlei/

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    Day 12: Sesriem to Windhoek



    Distance: 312km
    Moving time: 4:35
    Average speed: 68km/h

    We accidentally told the Brudis that last night that we don’t have to rush this morning. The result: We only got away at 10:30. For breakfast Mario made the pancakes from yesterday’s mix. Our first stop was just outside the gate at Oasis where we had to inflate the tyres again and fill up the tank.

    We went to Solitaire to try their Apple Tart to see who really has the best. The vote was unanimously for Helmeringhausen.

    From Solitaire we went over the Spreetshoogte pass to Windhoek, passing the Tropic of Capricorn.



    At 16:00 we arrived in Windhoek and took the Brudis to a backpackers. The Monkeys went to Hugo’s uncles house.

    And that concludes the first leg of our journey. Twelve days from Cape Town to Windhoek.

    Spreetshoogte Pass:



    Route: http://twomonkeys.in/day-12-sesriem-windhoek/

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    Day 13 – 17: Windhoek




    In Windhoek we basically ate, slept and worked a lot. We had dinner with Hugo’s grandmother for three nights and enjoyed tea with her in the mornings. On Friday evening Hugo’s aunt (Heloise) and cousins also joined us for dinner at his grandmother.

    Sunday afternoon we went to visit Hugo’s other cousin’s (Maretha) plot outside Windhoek. They have all kinds of farm animals (horse, goats, pigs, bunnies, warthogs) and even a baby Cheetah. Her children entertained us with zipsliding into a dam, showing gymnastics routines and just running around and having fun.

    On Monday we did some shopping. After buying lot’s of things at different shops Caro asked whether we now have everything. Hugo replied: “We didn’t get anything on our list yet.” We bought another chair, a hammock, wide-brim hat, water pipe, car air freshener, etc. We had to go to more shops to actually find the things on our list: more canopy locks, extra gas stove top, passport photos and getting some Dollars. We also took the MonkeyMobile for a much needed wash and vacuum. It shined brilliantly, see the photo above. Little did it know, that it would only last a few hours into the start of the next leg.

    That evening we met with George, a friend from Stellenbosch, who traveled through South America and South East Asia for a year with his wife. We ate at Joe’s Beer House. The Monkeys shared a Bushman Sosatie (Kudu, Oryx, Springbok, Zebra and Crocodile) and an Oryx Snitzchel.



    The Bushman Sosatie

    On Tuesday we spent the day with Hugo’s uncle and aunt (Willem and Elma) who returned from a rally in South Africa. They also got a surprised visit from friend’s whose sun drove from Europe to South Africa in three months.

    For dinner Elma made delicious meatballs with cous cous. A perfect last dinner to five wonderful days in Windhoek. Well rested and ready for the next leg of our journey.

    Thank you to all the family in Windhoek who made our stay special. Especially to Willem and Elma Hugo for letting us stay in their house.

    P.S. To all the 4x4community readers. I apologise for the boring reporting of shopping and eating, etc. Africa will hopefully soon offer some more adventures and photographic opportunities.

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    Day 18: Windhoek to Spitzkoppe



    Distance: 280km
    Moving time: 3:36
    Average speed: 78km/h
    Road surface: Mostly tar, gravel for last 30km.

    Accommodation: Camping
    Spitzkoppe - R150 p.p
    No facilities at campsites, beautiful views

    The plan was to meet the Brudis before 09:00 and then take Mario to the travel clinic for a yellow fever vaccination and then shop while he is there. We woke at 06:30 and immediately started packing, but despite that we had to let the Brudis know that we are not going to make it before 09:00.

    Finally at 09:20 we got everything packed and said our goodbyes and thankyous to the Hugo family (yes, Hugo’s name is from their Surname).
    We picked up Sam and their luggage at the Backpackers where we dropped them 6 days earlier. The clinic turned out to be at the Mearua Mall where we went shopping on Monday. First things first, we had a Wimpy Breakfast.

    We bought fresh produce at Food Lover’s Market and some other outstanding items at Spar. Finally at 12:30 we left the parking lot en entered Spitzkoppe into the GPS.




    It was an easy drive on tarred roads to just past Karibib where we turned off towards Spitzkoppe for the last 20km. We arrived at 16:00 and set out looking for a camping spot. The sites are far apart and you can have your choice between open plains, rock shelters, trees, etc. After checking out camp site nr 3 close to the Rock Pool with 100s of tadpoles, we drove to camp site 10 and 11 which apparently has the best views. In the end we decided on nr 8 which had a nice braai place built against an overhanging rock.



    We tested out our mosquito net (against flies), it worked quite well and the four of us sitting at the table easily fitted underneath.

    At 18:00 we set out to climb the Spitzkop. We made it to the neck of the Arch and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets any of us had ever seen. It was cloudy, so the sun only appeared under the clouds for the last 20 minutes before it set. The Spitzkoppe really change colour throughout the sunset.



    We made it back to the camp just as it got dark. Just as Sam started to braai a few rain drops started to fall, luckily we chose probably the only site naturally covered against rain. The rain helped to keep some of the bugs away, but then the scorpions came out to play.

    We ate half of the 1.5kg pork braai pack and the Mushrooms that Mario also made on the fire. After dinner we basically went to bed, tired from the mountain climbing.

    Related album: http://twomonkeys.in/a/spitzkoppe/
    Route: http://twomonkeys.in/day-18-windhoek-spitzkoppe/

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