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  • Day7

    Border crossing into Namibia

    January 23, 2020 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We left the camp at 7.00 sharp again, for a long road along the edge off the Kalahari towards the Namibian border. We stopped in Maun to do shopping for the next 2 dinners. We stopped for a lunch that we prepared quickly with, pineapple, ham,-cheese sandwiches and appels. Around 15:30 we crossed it entering Babwata national park. Saw some Kudu, springbok and zebra. A change of scenery after the dozens of donkeys we saw.
    An hour later we arrived at the Rainbow Springs, a beautiful campsite on the Okavango river. We quickly put up the tents and went for a sunset river cruise. It just was stunning!

    We ate grilled tuna melt sandwiches and pesto pasta with cream cheese. And went for an early night. As tomorrow the alarm will go at 4;45
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  • Day60

    Journey to Namibia

    January 23, 2020 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    I got up early at 5am as I had been awake since 3am and couldn't get back to sleep with my mind running over something that was pre-occupyimg me. I got a shower and joined my fellow travellers for breakfast. We were soon heading off in the truck and stopped at a nearby shopping area to spend the rest of our Botswana puna before we reached Namibia. I was feeling tired and low in mood with my night thoughts and feelings still pre-occupying me.
    We drove on over rough roads and sun baked bush and scrubland filled with small, hardy trees. The sandy soil was noticeably drier and presaged our passage to the desert landscapes of Namibia. We stopped by the roadside for lunch in the shade of a tree to protect us from the blazing sunshine. We then drove to the border with Namibia and had an easy and efficient passage through immigration.
    We then drove into the Bwabwata National Park and saw warthog, impala, kudu and zebra by the road as we passed through the tree filled park.
    It wasn't long before we arrived out our destination, Rainbow Camp which was a scenic campsite right next to the Okavango river which eventually fills the Delta and then dries into the ground without ever reaching the sea. There was a nice bar area and swimming pool with wonderful views over the river and river islands. We soon saw two hippos frolicking in the water by a nearby island.
    As we arrived we were offered a two hour sunset cruise on the river which many of us decided to do. We set off on a covered river cruise boat with chairs up the river in the yellow late afternoon sunlight. We sailed up to some lovely waterfalls and rapids and moored on a beautiful, sandy, small river island where we could get a better view of the falls. We then headed downstream with wonderful views over the river and found a small group of hippos bathing contentedly in the waters. We were able to draw up very close to them and film them surfacing and yawning. Their skin shone in the bright evening sunlight as they eyed us warily. Further downstream we came across a hippo feeding on the grasses above the river but she quickly returned to the safety of the river water with a big splash as we approached. We saw a crocodile slide past the boat with only ripples in the water and his or her eyelids showing. We passed fishermen in dug out canoes and I considered how they were quite brave to fish on the river with so many potentially dangerous hippos around. We came across more hippos further downstream and again were able to get very close to them. There was a big thunder storm approaching which made for some dramatic photos of the clouds reflecting in the river water. All too soon it was time to head back to the campsite and we were also racing the darkening skies behind us to arrive at the campsite before the rain arrived. There were nice views of the setting sun as we returned and we passed more hippos on the water surface and then dipping down below the water as we passed. We docked back at the campsite and I raced back to the camp ground to quickly put up my tent before the approaching storm arrived. I joined my fellow travellers for dinner and wolfed it down so as not to get caught in the potential rain storm. However, as it turned out, the storm rumbled around the campsite with big blue flashes of lightning without actually raining on us. The evening sky darkened into black and the frogs struck up a chorus. I watched the lightning flashing darkness beyond the river for some minutes before retiring to my tent for an early night ahead of a very early 4.30am start the next morning.
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  • Day15

    Rainbow river Lodge

    August 3, 2019 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Hier gaan we lekker braaien zometeen met uitzicht op Hippo’s 🦛. Ondanks dat nijlpaarden alleen gras eten zijn ze de dodelijkste dieren van de rivier, blij dat we hoog zitten! Vanaf t terras zijn ze heel schattig ❤️Read more

  • Day29

    Östlicher Caprivizipfel, bei Divundu

    January 28, 2018 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Seit gestern sind wir im östlichen Caprivizipfel angekommen. Wir wohnen in der Nähe der Popa Falls bei Divundu, direkt am (O)Kavango. Heute vormittag hatten wir ein interessantes Treffen mit dem Vertreter der Idee einer indigenen Universität (TEKOA http://www.nacso.org.na/news/2012/01/tekoa-a-teaching-beyond…). Dort sollen z. B. junge Einheimische zu Guides ausgebildet werden, die dann den Touristen alte Techniken des Spurenlesens vermitteln. Der Ansatz ist sehr komplex und stellt auch einen neuen Zugang für den Cultural Tourism dar, da er sehr stark auf die Achtung von Identität und Würde der Indigenen abhebt. Zudem geht es auch darum, eurozentrische Formen des Lernen und der Wissensvermittlung zu überwinden.

    Nachmittags hat unser Vermieter mit uns eine Tour in den Bwabwata National Park am Eingang des Caprivizifels gemacht. Nach 2-stündiger Fahrt sind wir dann auf eine Herde von mehr als 100 Elefanten und eben so vielen Büffeln gestoßen. Ganz schön beeindruckend ...
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  • Day30

    Östlicher Caprivizipfel

    January 29, 2018 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Heute haben wir an einem von unserer Unterkunft angebotenen "Village Walk" teilgenommen. Mit einem Hotelbediensteten sind wir in sein Dorf gegangen. Es gibt hier vier Lodges, in denen viele Männer und Frauen aus den umliegenden Dörfern arbeiten. Das sorgt dort für einigermaßen sichere Einkommensverhältnisse. In dem Dorf wurde gezeigt, wie aus Mahango (Hirse), Mangetti-Nüssen und Red Berries Porridge hergestellt wird, was hier oft (nahezu ausschließlich) gegessen wird.

    Nachmittags hatten wir dann ein Interview mit einem Chief, der gerne ein Cultural Village der Kwe (lokaler Stamm) aufbauen möchte. Dort sollen die Touristen das traditionelle Leben der Kwe und deren Kenntnisse im Fährtenlesen kennen lernen. Es fehlt allerdings an Geld. Auch Konflikte aus Bürgerkriegszeiten verhindern, dass die Kwe eine Genehmigung zum Betreiben dieses Cultural Village erhalten. Alles ziemlich vertrackt ... Hier ein paar Fotos zu unseren Erlebnissen.
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  • Day8

    Popa Falls

    September 24, 2018 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Popa Falls

    Von dem Mahango Park sind wir dann zu unserer Unterkunft dem Popa Falls Resort gefahren. Dies ist eine süße kleine Lodge mit schönen Stellplätzen. Die Popa Falls sind Stromschnellen des Okavango Flusses. Hier haben wir uns am frühen Morgen einen Game Drive gebucht. Dieser war sehr nett, nur leider hatten sich die großen Tiere versteckt. Am Abend machen wir noch eine Bootstour. Vielleicht sehen wir Hippos und Krokodile...:)Read more

  • Day13

    Rainbow River Lodge

    March 3, 2020 in Namibia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Campsite for one night. Rained as we got in and set up the tents but then light sprinkles until about midnight. Was very quiet and dark at night. Up at 5:30 next day to pack and go to Botswana again.

  • Day15

    Popa Falls & Bwabwata Nationalpark

    September 10, 2018 in Namibia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Ausflug von unserem geliebten RiverDance Campingplatz zu den Popa Falls, die nur ein Flüsschen sind. Dafür war das Wasser sehr sehr klar und hat einfach nur gut getan.
    Der Bwabwata Nationalpark war nur ok. Der riesige Baobab Baum war aber cool!Read more

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