August - September 2017
  • Day13

    Fish River Canyon

    September 9, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We were at Fish River Canyon early this morning after a 5.30am start and walked from one view point to the next as the path winds its way along a small part of the edge of it. It is the second largest canyon in the world and has a double layer with the Fish River at the the bottom of the gorge. This is just another fine example of the scenery that Namibia has to offer ans a great place to eat beans on toast for breakfast too! It wasn't too long a drive to get to our final destination for the day, the Orange River, on our final journey in Chui, the big yellow truck. The rock formations on the hills and mountains was more impressive than before although we were very surprised to come around a corner and find huge vineyards in the midd of the dusty desert. We had to do the third and final truck clean in the heat of the afternoon but could at least cool off in the pool afterwards. A bit of a treat to be camping on grass after many nights sleeping on sand, dust and stones (it's the small things!).Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    Great photo.

    9/13/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Canyon looks fantastic - very impressive. The vineyard looks even more attractive! Cleaning out the truck in heat of day looks somewhat less attractive...

    9/13/17Reply
    Lyndsay McDonnell

    The gorge, the river and the vineyard all look fantastic. Cleaning out the truck is just getting you used to work for when your travels are over and you are back to everyday life!!! Enjoy the last few days of your trip, love xxxx

    9/13/17Reply
    Lynda Ralph

    Great photos, very surprising to find a vineyard there. Is that suntan you 2 are wearing, or rust & dirt ??? Looking good, ready to return to the cooler, wetter weather back here, autumn has certainly arrived ! Enjoy your last few days xxx

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  • Day12

    Namib-Naukluft National Park

    September 8, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    We left in the dark and walked up the 150m Dune 45 to see sunrise. We were walking up the ridge with the sun rising on one side and the moon setting on the other. It was nice to have breakfast ready for us at the bottom of the dune. After that we had a long driving day, not getting to camp until nearly 6 o'clock, but the views continued to be very dramatic with lots of orix to see and truck trivia to keep our brains active. We camped by Naute Dam, enjoying our last campfire of this trip.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Must have been very interesting to see the sun rise and moon set at the same time especially after a walk up the dunes and breakfast to look forward to. Can't believe your travels are almost over and will be seeing you both in less than a week - so enjoy the last few days, love xxxx

    9/11/17Reply
    Gavin Kona DH

    Nevis Range uplift for DH has been extended to end of October this year!!??!!

    9/11/17Reply
    Lynda Ralph

    Amazing scenery, fab pics. Nearly at the end of your fantastic experience, have enjoyed your blogs so much, have brought everything to life. Sure you'll have a great party experience, last night. Enjoy, have fun & safe trip home 👍😉🙄😍xxx

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  • Day11

    Sesriem Camp

    September 7, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    On the way to our camp at Sesriem we passed through only one very small settlement called Solitaire. It oddly had a collection of old used cars, great for photo opportunities. Past Sesriem we continued on to Sossusvlei where we went on a very hot, ruggid 5km midday walk across the dunes to get to Dead Vlei, a large ephemeral pan set amongst 200m red sand dunes. The tress have died many years ago from too much clay in the sand but will never really rot because of the dry climate. It was quite a site to see amongst the red dunes. After camp was set up we went to Sesriem Canyon to see the sun set, so after a walk through it we set on top of the truck for sun downers over looking the canyon.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    James I don't think you will get the car going - where's the engine?? Louisa you will have to run very fast - especially with the trick photography!!! Dead Vlie looks very interesting especially the trees. Have fun, love xxxx

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    Lynda Ralph

    Tom's engine blew up the other day, after 230,000 miles !!! Mondeo has gone to the heavenly car park now !!! Amazing pics, love the shots of the trees &, of course, of you 2. 👍 Enjoy xxx

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    mg.bigadventure

    Great photos. I remember that place well - very surreal and photogenic, plus hot and dusty!

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  • Day10

    Bushman's Camp

    September 6, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We left Swakomund at lunch and drove to a camp in the middle of nowhere. The stunning scenery was constantly changing from flat desert to gorges with unusual rock formations. On the way we passed the Tropic of Capricorn and had to get the obligatory photograph. The last time we crossed it we were on the west coast of Australia just over three months ago. At camp we could hear the zebra running around while sat by the campfire and saw the moon rise red.Read more

    Lynda Ralph

    Some very desolate scenery, but a very organised camp, very impressive! You're looking very happy at the Tropic of Capricorn, good parking by the big yellow bus !!! Enjoy xxx

    9/10/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Fantastic truck photo.

    9/10/17Reply

    So quiet and peaceful and then trundled through in your big yellow truck! Any other traffic in the Road? Love Gem

    9/11/17Reply
    Lyndsay McDonnell

    The scenery looks interesting but I love the photo of the truck and the Tropic of Capricorn - you must have a very good driver or did you move the sign??? Enjoy it all, love xxxx

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  • Day10

    Quad biking - Naukluft National Park

    September 6, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Two hour trip out to the dunes again, this time on 250cc quad bikes. They were super fun racing through the amazing dunes, flat out through the fantastic wave shapes and drifting loose corners. James got an official warning for power sliding too much, but still continued when the guide was out of sight! Great fun with some of the guys off the truck.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Are any of these new sports going to take over from mountain biking when you get home?? Naughty naughty James getting an official warning - you were on quad bikes in the desert not coming down Fort Bill on your mountain bike!!! Enjoy it all, love xxxx

    9/6/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Sounds like another fun day. You 2 must have too much money left in your travel budget, with all these activities! Enjoy your last couple of weeks of travels....

    9/6/17Reply

    What a lot of fun! Love Gem

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  • Day8

    Sandboarding - Naukluft National Park

    September 4, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We spent the morning sand boarding in the dunes behind Swakopmund. It was a much more professional set up than we have experienced before as we were using proper boards, bindings and boots. With a little bit of instruction we set off down the steep sand dune. A few runs in and we both had a go off the jump, James also getting it sorted by the end. We also had a go at laying down on plyboard sledges, both achieving 60kph on the speedgun.
    Finished off with lunch and a few beers in the desert rounded off an excellent experience.
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    Lyndsay McDonnell

    This looks and sounds great fun especially with the speeds you were doing. Enjoy, love xxxx

    9/6/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Looks a fun but slightly scary experience!

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    Lynda Ralph

    Scary, but great fun. Fantastic experience again. Have fun xxx

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  • Day7

    Spitzkoppe National Park

    September 3, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Spitzkoppe is a relatively small area but stunning. The rock formations have the most unusual shapes and are much taller than you would think once we started climbing up them. Thankfully the rock type is very grippy. Sleeping under the stars with the huge silhouettes of the rocks was also worthwhile.Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    Great, dramatic scenery. Thought Namibia would be up your street. Solana starts school this afternoon, so we're having a quiet morning at home. Autumnal weather starting to set in here now - think you'll be in for a shock when you get home!

    9/5/17Reply
    Lynda Ralph

    Amazing sunset & scenery pics. Bet it was difficult climbing those rocks in the heat. Enjoy xxx

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    Lyndsay McDonnell

    As you say Spitzkoppe area looks stunning and the sunset fantastic. Climbing up the rocks makes your truck look like a dinky toy!! Have fun, love xxxx

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  • Day6

    Skeleton Coast

    September 2, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    We started off with a warm morning in shorts and t-shirts that soon turned really cold as we neared the coast and entered the sea fog. We spent the whole day driving on just sand roads which looked odd when you got to road junction with signs through the Skeleton National Park. As soon as the truck was checked for any poached animals (rhinos here have suffered badly from this) we made our way to one of the many ship wrecks along the shore. At Cape Cross we visited a seal colony where the resident population is between 80,000 and 100,000. There are 8 similar sized colonies along the coast here although they are actually sea lions as they have little 'sticky out' ears. Nearly a quarter of the pups don't make it to adult life which is probably a relief to the fish stocks in the area as they are putting them under pressure. We got to Spitzkoppe National Park and spent the night there.Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    Glad you got to see some of the shipwreck "skeletons". Bet you're enjoying the (temporary) relief from the intense heat too.

    9/5/17Reply
    Lynda Ralph

    Looking very cold near the sea ! Amazing pics, again, of the local wildlife. Have fun xxx

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    Lyndsay McDonnell

    It makes the 30 or so seals at both Findhorn and Portgorden seem a very very small colony (do you remember seeing them just before your travels?). Love the close up photo of the seal. Enjoy it all, love xxxx

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  • Day5

    Cheetah Park to the Skeleton coast

    September 1, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    It was the hottest day yet today where even the wind coming in through the open sides and beach felt like a hair dryer on full blast. While stopping to pick up supplies we got talking to locals who speak in English but some words have clicks in the middle of them. In the afternoon we both travelled in the cab with Often where you get a good view ahead. We stopped on the roadside and used the time wisely to play throwing games with stones, as you do. We arrived in good time at the best wild camp yet that was in the middle of a wide circular valley, surrounded by hills. Camp fire, drawing competitions n the sand and a bbq of orix made fir a perfect evening.Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    Sounds great. Namibia coastline is very dramatic. Hope you get to see some of the "skeleton" shipwrecks on the beach. Does it get cold at night? I bet the stars are amazing.

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    Lynda Ralph

    Lovely pic of the 2 of you, don't get background shots like that here ! Your school children would enjoy your games, Looby, enjoy xxx

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    Lyndsay McDonnell

    You both look so good but make the best of the heat as you will certainly notice the difference in a couple of weeks time. The evening round the campfire sounds great. Enjoy, love xxxx

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  • Day4

    Cheetah Park

    August 31, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    First we got to stroke the three tame cheetahs that the family have raaised since they were either the runt of their litter or unwell. It seemed odd to see their two year old toddler son walking around the yard alongside the cheetahs! Once we saw them being fed we went in the back of a truck and trailer onto their land where they have 14 wild cheetahs, many of them rescued. It was completely different watching them being fed as they showed their aggressive side, trying to pounce on the man. On the way our driver saw a spitting cobra.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Once again you must be absolutely crackers getting so close to a wild cat - this time a cheetah 🐆especially when you see the next two photos of them eating meat!! You are much braver than me - tame cheetahs or not. Please take care, lots of love xxxx

    9/3/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Great cheetah photos. Life is less exciting for us back at home! A big week coming up for us this week though - Solana starts school on Tuesday....

    9/3/17Reply

    So glad you have had a chance to share your stories and photos again. Glad you are still enjoying yourselves and keeping safely away from the wildlife!!! Take care love Gem

    9/4/17Reply