Wandering and Wondering

Friday, July 27, 2007

Dusty Namibia

For the last few days we've been travelling through Namibia. After leaving Cape Town, we stayed for one night at a campsite a few hours drive north. In the morning the truck wouldn't start due to flat batteries, so we tried giving it a push start. Without power for the steering, however, we ended up pushing the truck into an orange tree, and had to get a jump start instead:

Problems with the truck

It was a pretty cold night, so the next day we stocked up on extra blankets. The drive to the Namibian border was quite picturesque, with lots of wildflowers:

Field of orange

The truck has canvas sides over rollbars, so usually we roll the canvas up to get a better view. The only problem with this is that it gets pretty cold with all the wind:


After getting our bags searched when leaving South Africa at the Namibian border, we stayed the night at a campsite called "Felix Unite". The next day we spent canoing down the Orange River, which is right on the border between South Africa and Namibia, so at one stage we did actually cross back into South Africa.

The following day was an 8 hour drive in the truck to Fish River Canyon. For most of the way it was only a dirt road, so we had to contend with dust as well as cold:

Dust protection

Dusty road

Different people had different ways of keeping entertained on the truck:

Playing cards in the truck

Keeping entertained in the back of the truck

Glamour magazines are a little out of place

The next day we were up before dawn to watch the sunrise at Fish River Canyon:

Fish River Canyon


It was then back in the truck for the drive to the diamond mining town of Luderitz. This morning we visited an abandoned mining town. Tomorrow we head towards the giant red sand dunes of Namibia.

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