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    I am glad to hear Frans

    Your post actually reminded me that I should finish the report, sort of slipped my mind
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    wrong thread. Sorry
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    So we spend a lovely evening at Bagatelle, about 20 km from Mariental. Hubby braaied lamb sosaties, while I faffed around with the camera in the fading light.

    We had a leisurely start the next morning as we only had a fairly short, straight forward hop to Namibrand family hideout. GPS told us it will take 3 hours, so before we leave, I treat the guys to flapjacks for which they have been asking for the whole trip.

    We were really looking forward to Namibrand and the solitude, the dunes and dessert.

    But..... this day will turn out much different from what we planned.

    Plain sailing to Maltahöhe where we fill up. Really very small town. We are shocked by how dry it is here. While researching the trip, the condition of the roads leading to and from Sossusvlei was a concern. We will travel quite a bit on the C19, but it turns out to be in excellent condition. As we near the Tsaris hoogte pass, more and more clouds appear and soon they form several small thunderstorms. It becomes apparent that there is a strong westerly wind blowing, but we attribute it to the up draft for the gathering storms. We stop to have lunch near the start of the Tsaris hoogte pass. I can vaguely remember that the scenery through the pass is breathtaking, but my attention is distracted by in increasing wind, thunderstorms all around and patches of rain.

    By the time we turn on the D827 toward Wereldend and NRFH, we have a great view of the edge of the Namib Naukluft park, but this view tells us that we might have a problem. Now we have the thunderstorms behind and to the east of us. However, the boiling hot westerly wind blowing at what feels gale force speed, is whipping up a sand and dust storm over the desert. I wanted to take a photo at some stage, but there is no discernible features of the landscape in the distance, just haze.

    When I get out to open the gate to NRFH, it is almost 2 o'clock, 44 degrees and I can barely keep my eyes open due to the sand. But we forge on, hoping the wind will abate or that the campsites might be sheltered from the wind. It is a surprisingly long drive to the campsite on a very rocky track and we harbour mild concerns about the standard Dunflops on the Fortuner.

    Arriving at the campsite, we can barely open the car doors and just the act of quickly getting out, covers the inside of the car in sand. We quickly duck into the ablution to find shelter, but the wind even blows there and every surface it covered in sand. It was obviously serviced earlier in the day, but lost the battle again the dessert sand.

    A friendly manager arrives to greet us and we ask the impossible question: how long does he recon the wind will blow. Obviously he does not know the answer but he concedes that even for him, this is very bad. Sadly we have to make the decision to rather not stay the night. Hubby wears contact lenses and the sand is driving him mad. We shake hands with the manager and start the trek back to the main road.

    We know there is camping at Betta and Duwisib castle and we head that way on the C27 which was one of my worry roads. I am driving seeing hubby's eyes are now irritated and he has been behind the wheel the entire day. The condition of the C27 varies from good to horrible within seconds. For a while we play with the idea to push on the Aus, but it is already long past 3 o'clock and I don't want to drive that stretch in the dark. Plus Klein Aus Vista might not have space and I wanted to do the D707 in daylight.

    Betta has space and looks quite acceptable but we decide to quickly do the 20 km to Duwisib Castle because hubby anyway wants to check out the castle. Luckily they have space and we share the campsite with just one family. Best shower I had in long time!

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    We spend a fairly restful night at Duwisib, but the wind is still blowing although less here due to more mountainous terrain.

    A quick tour of the castle in the morning and we hit road.

    From Betta to Spes Bona, the C27 is horrendous and bone jarring and we look forward to turning off on the D707 which is much better by all accounts.

    It is also hailed as the prettiest road in Namibia......I am in 2 minds about this. It is also carrying quite a bit of traffic, I suspect because people are trying to avoid the C27 to Helmeringhausen. So the D707 also have bad patches.

    Our old the friend, the westerly wind, is still at it, but less than yesterday. I would have liked the photos to be crisper, but the haze of dust, sand and heat is ever present.
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    Pity about NRFH, at least you saw what it looks like, sort of.

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    Rest of the D707
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans 90 View Post
    Pity about NRFH, at least you saw what it looks like, sort of.
    Yes, and definitely worth a visit. We will certainly try again, but maybe not in December.
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    Our home for the next 2 nights is Klein Aus Vista. We really liked it here, another very special place. And we did not spend much time in Luderitz at all, so good excuse to go back. Even if we had no excuse, this is a comfortable and beautiful camp to just chill for a few days. Speaking of 'chill' the wind still kept blowing, but it is sheltered between the huge rocky outcrops. However late afternoon and early mornings were surprising cool for December, even needing a sweater.

    By fluke we were allocate site no 10 which is completely separate from the other campsites and very spacious. It also has a huge sociable weaver nest. These little birds are busy and never seem to settle down and keep quiet during the night. Should we ever get this site again, we will make a point to camp as far as possible from the nest if it has not fallen out of the tree by then. The tree is taking strain is propped up by pole and one branch is tied to another with a hefty steel cable.

    One thing we did encounter here was the overlander groups with 8 more little tents on one site. They occupied 3 sites during our stay and the ablutions was under some pressure at certain times, but was always cleaned perfectly during the day. Showers are gas, so there are always hot water.

    Klein Aus Vista will always hold an element of sadness for me; on the 30th of December (the day we visited Kolmanskop) we received the news that our dear friend HJB01 lost his long battle with cancer.
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    Day visit to Kolmanskop.

    But first, I must say that the scenery between Klein Aus and Luderitz beats the much hailed D707 hands down. Obviously personal preference plays a role, but my eyes just loved the landscapes along the road to Luderitz. We passed the derelict Garub train station building which has since been vandalized. I will forever kick myself that we did not take the time to stop there.

    Secondly, there must be no other place on earth where the wind blows as it does in Luderitz The infrastructure and residents seem to be in constant battle with wind and sand movement. We saw excavators and work teams cleaning heaps of sand off the railway line and road.

    Thirdly, I thought Kolmanskop was a hype and I was going to be bored out of my skull. But...it is actually a unique place and to get a bit of an understanding of how they lived was insightful. Having been an expat myself for 4 years, certain aspects of the daily life in Kolmanskop resonated deeply with me. It was a strange combination of grandeur and hardship.

    Both me an hubby took tons of photos, 2 different cameras and lenses. When I looked through the photos at home, it was clear the we looked at things very differently and where we took photos of exactly the same thing, the approach and focus was utterly different. I found that very interesting.
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    We needed to stock up in Luderitz because we decided not to take our original planned route via Rosh Pinah and along the Orange river to our last stop, Fish River Canyon. We were just fed up with driving and wanted to take the most direct and shortest route to Canyon Roadhouse.

    Not much in terms of fresh food and meat was available in Luderitz, but it was the 30th of December, thus understandable in way. There is a butchery but they close between 1 and 2 o'clock. We waited until 14h30 and they were still closed so then just decided we will live off pasta or eat out for the next couple of days.

    We made a quick stop at the Wild horses' feeding station. I have a deep love for horses since a child and it touched me to see how these animals survive (with help) in this harsh environment and even manage to grow their numbers. We counted 4 very young foals and at least 2 very pregnant mares.
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    Ai Christa, not good for me this. Having just returned from a trip and a very long wait till the next, these reports are what I will be living off for now. Thanks for refreshing some fond memories. Sort of agree with you sentiments about the D707.

    We experienced the same with the 2 cameras at Kolmanskop with different perspectives.

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    I was sort of dreading opening this thread due to lockdown blues. How far away this trip seems now and how much are most of us in need of a breakaway and some quality time in nature.

    But it is what it is and I don't like leaving things unfinished.

    So the 31st of December arrived and we were well and truly nearing the end of our trip with the last stop of Canyon roadhouse coming up. We left Klein Aus Vista at a leisurely pace as we really did not have that far to go. It is a lovely place and I feel a deep connection to the whole area, maybe due to my life long love affair and fascination with horses. Definitely on the list for a return one day.

    Just a note here: T4A and T4A paper map has the C12 starting at Seeheim. That 28 km of torture is not the C12, it is the F605. Yes it is a F...road. Don't turn there! Continue on on the B4 for another 12 km then there will be another sign for the C12 which is the actual C12. Very nice wide dirt road in super condition.
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    Canyon Roadhouse is very funky with all the old cars. Interesting, but fairly clean ablutions. And a blooming cold pool for such a hot place.
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    We did a quick look see at the Canyon the next day, but my photos was a bit disappointing. I suspect we were a bit late and the light was too harsh by then.

    But just to show we were there.
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    And that, as they say ..... is it folks !
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