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  • Day76

    Day 76 - Noordoewer/Ai Ais Namibia

    May 30 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After the incident this morning, it really put a dampener on the past, nearly three months where we had not experienced even one incident! We have put it down to us having dropped our guard slightly and oh yes wait, of course we are back in the Republic and at least we didn't get raped or killed, so we are just okay with all of that!😖

    We shipped out at after nine having received our 'Border Crossing' letter from the bank and yet again, as we crossed over into Namibia via the Vioolsdrift/Noordoewer post, officials were really only concerned about Covid issues. Some scant purchases were made at the Oranje Supermarket in Noordoewer, topped up with Namibian Fuel and a Wimpy Burger at the Engen we headed for Ai/Ai's on the B1 heading North toward Grünau and for only 50 odd kilometers, then West on the C10 for 72km.

    ***FUN FACT***

    "93.3% of the Gravel Roads in Namibia are better than 50% of the Tar Roads South Africa and the other 50% are also not as good as the remaining 6.7% in Nam!!!

    Brought back many memories from a trip Paul and I did in the early 80's and not a lot has changed there since. All in good nick are the facilities there and probably have had a facelift or two over the years. When we were there, there was a tented camp which doesn't exist but a very fancy hotel accommodation is available leading right into the Heated Pool area.

    Of all the venues we camped at, undoubtedly this is the first that even remotely looks like business is happening.

    Dozens of hikers making ready to leave on the Fish River Canyon hike (all of 70 to 80km) including 5 nights in the canyon. As many having arrived and completed already. We met some good folk there and had dinner together, of delicious lamb saddle chops. Yum!!! That and several tankards of beer on tap and a bottle of 'Protea' Merlot were dispatched in the appropriate manner!!!🍻🍷

    Love, Peace and Light.
    M&K
    👍💐
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  • Day69

    Day 69 - ‘Potjiespram’/Richtersveld

    May 23 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Settling in at ‘Senderlingsdrift’, in the Richtersveld last night reminded me of the Grootfontein and Oshivelo 'deurgangskamp' back in '79😖

    Tucked away between the sandy football field and the heavy duty machinery garage's and workshops was our overnight spot. The campsite completely empty and no where to hide!

    Brent, the Park Manager told us on the phone last week, that he would never stay here, is now very obvious why.

    At 6:00 this morning very heavy, bulldozers, Caterpillars, trucks, tractors and trailers moved out towards the mines like an army convoy, belching black clouds. Shouting louder than all these engines, every worker like a Sergeant major on the parade ground! After two months of complete peace, the cacophony of yellow giants and people is a gentle reminder of the real world, and I so want to rewind, to mid-March again!

    Is there no longer any respect for the fatigued elderly?🤷🏻‍♂️😖 The struggle is real!!!

    Our late arrival yesterday was because of the !@#$%^& closed pont, (which we were not advised of earlier), by signboard or anything)!!!😖

    This only added an extra 3 hours to our drive, to end-up exactly just across the Orange from we were in Nam!

    From early this morning things started to regress. Firstly all the start-up chaos and then a persistent grader siren in my ear, constantly reversing! Screaming and shouting people followed, much like a strike or riot organized by the 'National Union of Mineworkers'. Turns out only to be a few ladies walking happily down the road between their 'Diggs' and their place of work, with only a very transparent dried, reed fence-screen between us!😖

    After chatting to Brent, who was most helpful, giving us the best possible route around the 'Richtersveld Trans-Frontier', Karen did some last minute shopping in a scant little operation, merchandised with very little other than emergency rations.

    Fueling up with the most expensive Diesel ever (R24.54/l) when someone has you by the 'sinker's', nothing is ever going to end well😖 Oh wait, we're back in the RSA, how the hell does Namibia have cheaper fuel and better roads?

    After passing a number of diamond digging's, we headed into the park, proper.

    It turns out we are the only people in the park today. 162,000 hectare's of, (apart from the road) untouched virgin countryside, unlike you have ever seen elsewhere. Magnificent mountain ranges, desolate, mainly rock formations,...... The park boasts having the biggest, most diverse collection of flora anywhere in the world. Whilst animals are few, the landscape and the complete wilderness adventure is unreal!

    Sadly my vision of looking like ‘Kingsley Holgate’ by the end of the expedition, was stoned-dead right there as Karen insisted on cropping my beard!

    Tonight in the 'Potjiespram' Campsite in The Richtersveld, and after devouring one of two mega T-Bone's, purchased from the same butcher in ‘Springbok’ town, who supplied the restaurant we ate at, and Karen mashed up the last of the potatoes, we called it a day. Where as in the past we had the sound of the ocean and wind, here there is not a breeze and only the sound of crickets and a huge rapid, slowing the raging Orange River outside. With the recent heavy rains in the Orange and Vaal catchment area's, all those dams are full and the Orange River is at full spuit. Judging by the recent high water mark, it must have been quite a spectical. In addition to the Senderlings border crossing being closed several others have also been temporarily shut, firstly the Covid-19 crisis and then even before that ended, the flood waters have ensured that these smaller ports, will also remain closed.

    Instead of people destroying my day, the monkeys are here in numbers!

    Love, Peace and Light
    M&K
    👍🏻💐
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  • Day66

    Day 66 - Lüderitz/Namibia

    May 20 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Still unable to get a conclusive answer from any of the RSA authorities (if the phone is ever answered), we took a chance to enter Namibia via the Alexander Bay/ Oranjamund Border Control.

    As it was only a pipedream to visit Lüderitz in Namibia, we really didn't have all the doc's we needed. Quick as a flash whilst we sat on the quayside harbour bistro in Port Nolloth sipping some of the recent Cederberg harvest last evening, we arranged Nedbank to email all the doc's required to us, which they did. At the same time two 'DeBeers' diamond dredging ships were docked, bobbing out on the wharf.

    The kind lady at the caravan park then printed them for us this morning and we departed at just after 09:00 for the border post. The drive from Port Nolloth all on tar, took just on an hour.

    Knowing full well we had meat products stashed and no certificates, permits and papers for the caravan, we sailed through without any issue. By the time we left, we still had no answers from authorities regarding Covid testing or any other related immigration and customs protocols.

    Fortunately Karen had produced and had printed by Selma back at the caravan park, copies of our Covid Test certificates. This turned out to be the only critical paperwork required. No checks on the car and caravan nor any banned product (or substance)😖

    Initially all along the Orange River on the Namibian side, we drove on into the start of the Namib Desert. The odd patch of white sand between rocky outcrops quickly became vast tracts of dusty plains and less and less desert grass and weed. The wind had picked up again even before we had left and by now gusting heavily, the car registering 8° at 14h00. 🥶The high mountain ranges in the distance and all around us were beautiful, conflicting with the ever-encroaching dry ‘seabed’s’.

    The tar road all along the 'Spergebied' which was a highly prohibited zone long ago (Diamonds), was quiet and perfectly maintained... not a single pothole for over 300km's. The rail-line ran alongside the full lenth of the road between Aus and Lüderitz also in perfect nick. The whole track was properly cleaned and not a single weed to be seen. The upper-surface of the actual rails, shone in the sun and no evidence of any sand dune build up, and we witnessed even two trains on the hoof! More than I have seen at any one time, since I was a little boy.

    There were workers sweeping desert sand off the tarmac and even in the ‘blizzard’ every one of them working, here on a Friday afternoon. Via Rosh Pinah=> Aus=> we arrived about three hours later in Lüderitz.

    While the diesel price in Vanryhnsdorp (RSA) was R23.40/l, two days ago, today in Rosh Pinah it was R20.54/l ? This whilst we take note of a Russian registered oil tanker spotted in an SA harbour.... FFS!!!😖

    Only Karen could note the full display of 'Flying Fish', Windhoek Lager and several other German brands in the Engen Fuel Station shop in Rosh Pinah. Making up for the low gross profit on motor fuels no doubt?

    The vegetation and landscape eventually became completely white desert sand dunes. We only had a brief glimpse of two lonely Gemsbok and a dozen ostrich, as the wind still gusted over the road with clouds obscuring our vision. Eventually we could see the Atlantic shimmering in the distance between sand dunes, as the sun started its descend in the west.

    The Namib sand dunes are for real and 'The Lonely Planet', 'Discovery' and all other documentaries do not exaggerate, they are, awesome, massive, shifting and growing, with every blast!

    Arriving into Lüderitz this afternoon was like a throwback into the previous century. Bravarian mansions in Kolmanskop mixed up with other Kaiser-era shops and 'pensioen' style flats. Situated well out of town, are all the locations and RDP- like houses. All along the full length of the road between there and here not a single bottle, tin or other piece of garbage. Probably all blown into Windhoek by now !

    Where are all the people, the campers and the locals? Nobody here either!

    Eventually we found the caravan park situated on the small peninsula jutting out into the Benguela Current and protecting the harbour, but certainly not the caravan's. Here on 'Shark Island' we were able to find a semi-shelterred spot partially hidden behind some massive exposed rocks, but the gale-force, still found us and had not lost its fury!

    Having pitched another 'one-night-stand' camp given the wind, we surely could not have only come all this far for one night and to tick a box?🤔Let's see what the morrow brings?

    Love, Peace and Light
    M&K
    👍💐
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  • Day12

    Next stop: Windhoek

    April 23 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Nach dem Wildlife gibt es nun ein wenig Großstadtfeeling. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass die Stadt so groß ist (ca. 500.000 Einwohner)…auf der anderen Seite jedoch wenig verwunderlich, da Namibia ja größtenteils aus der Wüste besteht und sich dort natürlich weniger Menschen ansiedeln.
    Nach einer kleinen Sightseeingtour haben wir eine schöne Skybar gefunden und lassen den Tag entspannt ausklingen.
    Leider ist heute schon Abschiedsstimmung angesagt, da hier für einige der Trip schon endet 🥺💔
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  • Day10

    Townshiptour Swakopmund

    April 21 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Vom Himmel zurück auf der Erde und direkt auf dem Boden der Realität gelandet…

    Für heute haben Megan und ich uns vorgenommen, die Townships der Stadt zu besuchen und einen örtlichen Kindergarten zu unterstützen! Die Kinder haben mein Herz im Sturm erobert und sich so sehr über die mitgebrachten Süßigkeiten gefreut, wie ich es noch nie zuvor gesehen habe 🥹♥️

    Unser nächster Stopp führt uns zu den traditionellen Himbas... Sie leben von ihrem selbst kreierten Schmuck, jedoch hat die Covid Situation der letzten 2 Jahre den Menschen hier stark zugesetzt.
    Die Hitze in den Townships ist unglaublich, aber wir zwei sind wohl die einzigen, die sich darüber beklagen 😬 Niemand hier hat fließendes Wasser oder Strom.

    Ich bin sehr überwältigt von den Eindrücken, die ich hier erleben darf. Dieser Besuch hat mich sehr geerdet und lässt mich feststellen, wie unwichtig viele Dinge in „unserer“ Welt doch eigentlich sind.

    Der Tages Ausklang wird daher mit einem kleinen Lagerfeuer zelebriert, bevor wir ab morgen den Etosha Nationalpark erkunden. 🐘🦒🦓
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    Renate Wichman

    So süß die Kinder, kann gut verstehen, dass das dein Herz gerührt hat, aber das ist nunmal die Realität.

    4/22/22Reply
     
  • Day4

    Welcome to Namibia 🇳🇦

    April 15 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Von Lambert’s Bay geht die Reise nun weiter Richtung Namibia, uns stehen über 600 km Busfahrt bevor - eine der längsten Strecken, die wir am Stück auf dieser Reise zurücklegen werden.
    Man könnte meinen, die Landschaft ist auf dieser Route recht eintönig, aber trotzdem unbeschreiblich schön zu genießen.
    Angekommen in Norotshama ist mein Luxus heute als erstes eine heiße Dusche, 🤩 bevor es zum gemeinsamen Abendessen geht. Wir schlafen alle in kleinen Bungalows direkt am Orange River. Nach dem Dinner, wird -wie jeden Abend- der örtliche Wein verkostet 😜😜😜
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  • Day23

    Windhoek

    November 24, 2021 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach insgesamt mehr als 4000 km Strecke haben wir nun schweren Herzens unser Auto abgegeben. Die letzte Nacht in Namibia verbrachten wir anschließend in der Hauptstadt Windhoek. Von Windhoek hatten wir vorher nicht so viel Positives gehört. Wir selbst können den Eindruck auch nur bestätigen. Auf unserem kleinen Spaziergang durch die Innenstadt sind uns hier und da mal schöne Gebäude, wie die berühmte Kirche, begegnet. Generell ist es aber eine einfache afrikanische Großstadt mit wenig Charme.
    Nun sitzen wir am Flughafen und blicken zurück auf 3 Wochen Namibia, die wir so schnell bestimmt nicht vergessen werden. All unsere Erwartungen wurden in jedem Fall übertroffen. Die Natur und Tiere sind faszinierend, unsere Campsites waren total unterschiedlich und alle auf ihre Art schön, unser Dachzeit war viel größer und gemütlicher als wir gedacht hätten und besonders das viele Draußensein haben wir sehr genossen. Wir hätten definitiv noch 3 Wochen verlängern können. Aber es gibt ja immer ein Wiedersehen 😊
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    Kiwi Ria

    Mensch mensch mensch Isi und Thomas. Ich kann eure Gefühle sehr gut verstehen. Ich hatte Namibia und Südwestafrika gar nicht so auf dem Schirm als eventuelles Reiseziel, aber die Eindrücke von euren Bildern sind überwältigend. Aber auf zum nächsten Abenteuer. 😃

    11/25/21Reply
     
  • Day9

    Sossusvlei

    November 10, 2021 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Entlang der Namib Wüste ging es für uns weiter in Richtung Norden. Natürlich machten wir auch halt bei einem der Highlights Namibias, dem Sossusvlei. Nachdem wir die abenteuerliche Straße durch tiefen Sand gemeistert hatten, wanderten wir zuerst zum Deadvlei, das auch das Cover diverser Namibia Reiseführer ziert. Anschließend kletterten wir auf die Düne 45 und genossen den schönen Ausblick auf die Dünen in der Umgebung.
    Am nächsten Tag entschlossen wir uns spontan, anstatt der ursprünglich geplanten 400 km, zunächst nur etwa 50 km weiter Richtung Norden zu fahren. Das erwies sich als sehr gute Entscheidung, da der Campingplatz einer der schönsten unser bisherigen Reise war. Unser Stellplatz lag direkt an einem Hang mit unglaublichen Blick in die Landschaft. Selbst von der offenen Toilette und Dusche konnte man den Ausblick genießen.
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    Renate Löffler

    ...was für eine sagenhafte Landschaft ! Fast schon unwirklich schön 👍🙏...und auch schon Freunde gefunden 😉 ein superschönes Foto von Euch zwei glücklich Reisende 💞

    11/15/21Reply
    Dieter Graßhoff

    das habt ihr beiden hervorragend gemacht um das zu sehen das ist unwahrscheinlich schön kann man sich nicht vorstellen zu duschen oder auf die Toilette zu gehen und Landschaft vor sich zu haben herrlich macht weiter so ihr beiden ich liebe euch

    11/15/21Reply
    Anneli Ketelsen

    Wirklich atemberaubende Bilder ...wünsch Euch noch viele weitere unvergessliche Erlebnisse 👍🙂😍

    11/16/21Reply
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  • Day105

    Namibias Weine

    October 17, 2021 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Nach der Ginverkostung in der Naute Kristall Distellery haben wir heute einige Weine aus Namibia verkostet. Die Witterungsverhältnisse sind hart, der Boden trocken. Dennoch hat sich eine Familie aus Otavi der Herausforderung gestellt und stellt traditionell gefertigten Wein in kleiner Stückzahl her.Read more

  • Day95

    5. Diamanten, Geister, Pinguine

    October 7, 2021 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Delfine haben uns auf dem Weg mit dem Katamaran zur Pinguininsel begleitet. 13 Grad und kalter Wind auf dem Wasser, während die Dünen der Namibwüste ins Meer fallen.
    In Kolmanskop konnten einst Diamanten mit dem Finger aufgehoben werden, heute ist die deutsche Diamantensiedlung eine Geisterstadt.Read more

    LeaB

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    10/8/21Reply

    hallo ihr Lieben habe euren tollen Bilder gesehen was ihr mit den Füßen betretet kenne ich nur von der Landkarte LG Oma 👵🏻 [Oma aus Spremberg]

    10/8/21Reply
    Kristin Schulze

    Und wir erzählen dir alles darüber-dann kannst du dir die Orte noch besser vorstellen 😉

    10/10/21Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

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