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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

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    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.

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    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.

    9/5/17Reply
    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

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  • Day4

    Etosha to Cheetah Park

    August 31, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    A 5am start again so we could get out on safari again once all packed up. A highlight during the three hour drive was when we could see three of the big five in a straight line! The elephant and lion were at either side of us but crossing infront of our truck was another black rhino (more fierce than the white rhino). A four hour journey out of he park and we got to Cheetah Park, where we stayed for the night.Read more

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    I know that internet connection in the national parks of Africa is non existent but it is wonderful to catch up with all your travels over the last 10 days. You certainly seem to have a great time with fantastic experiences. Love xxxx

    9/3/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Hope youanaged to do a night game drive whilst at Ethosha - the nocturnal kangaroo rats were one of the best (and funniest!) animals we saw there!

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  • Day3

    Etosha National Park Day 2

    August 30, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Another 5am start to look at the waterhole before going on a 5 hour safari on Chui (our truck). Not as much about today but we still watched four lions and saw lots of zebra, springboks, kudus, dik-dik, wildebeest, hartebeest, black faced impala... It was a welcome relief to use the camp swimming pool to cool off from the mid day heat of about 35 degree, while having relay races! We had another game drive then sat by the waterhole again. This time a mother and her 3 or 4 month old baby rhino came to drink along with a rhino from the previoys night and jackels and hyenas. The best was when a gutsy rabbit stood infront of the rhino and her baby and made them both jump in surprise.Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    I recognise this waterhole - think we stayed on the same campsite when we visited Etosha in 2009!

    9/3/17Reply
    Lyndsay McDonnell

    The swimming pool certainly sounds a welcome relief after the early start, several hours on the truck and the heat. Enjoy everything, love xxxx

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  • Day2

    Etosha National Park Day 1

    August 29, 2017 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    It was easy to see how it got its name, which means great white place, as a quarter of the 20,000 square km was a flat depression that was once a deep inland lake. The white clay pan has small shrub surrounding it which is where most of the wildlife can be found, particularly surrounding the waterholes. Our first afternoon in the park was unbelievable. We were constantly seeing animals, including giraffes, 9 black rhino, elephants, zebras, Damara dik-dik (small 'Bambi') and blackface impala, native to Etosha. On our rush to get to the campground before sunset and the gates were locked we spotted a leopard. This time we sat and watched it as it walked along only 25 meters from us in the shrubs, a very lucky find as they are so hard to spot. Once at camp Halali we spent till late at night sat by the waterhole waiting for visitors and we didn't have wait long as there were spotted hyena, jackel, honey badgers, monitor lizard and two rhinos that weren't happy to see each other. Yet again, another highlight of Africa.Read more

    mg.bigadventure

    Great pic. We have an almost identical one from our visit to Etohsa!

    9/3/17Reply
    mg.bigadventure

    Glad you're getting to visit Etosha. It's probably my favorite African national park that I've visited. A very special experience, watching the wildlife gather around the water hole from your campsite at night.

    9/3/17Reply
    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Another wonderful way to finish an unbelievable day - sitting by a water hole watching all the animals. Do hope that you had something nice to drink!! Have fun, love xxxx

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