In the north we visited the Etosha National Park and were able to see almost all the wild animals we could think of. Elephants, hyenas, zebras, giraffes etc etc. We were so stunned of the number of animals we saw in one day. We were planning to have to stay a week to see everything but we managed to see everything in a day! We camped in the park anyway and I’m glad we did. We didn’t get much sleep as the lions were very active making love and making a lot of noises. We could see the humour of it and just slept in a bit longer the next day. Things like that don’t happen every night.
Swakopmund being the first tourist town for us to arrive in, we decided to take a tour in the dunes. Instead of taking our heavy car into the sand we hired a few quads with a guide and raced through the massive sand dunes. In the end we had sand everywhere again, but luckily the campground had a good shower.
Our next destination was the capitol Windhoek, but first on the way was the Spitzberg National Park. We just drove through, but what a spectacular place. Big skies with the little clouds, giant boulders to climb on and the temperature was finally above 20 degrees again.
On the way we did a bit of slow off-roading and visited Sossusvlei. We were still travelling with the Namibian families and they were very generous to us. They gave us so much meat and alcohol we were totally stuffed after two days. We couldn’t eat anymore meat so we were happy to eat some porridge for lunch and declined the braai they offered us. I don’t think they understood us very well and took it a bit offensively. We camped one more night with them and splitted our ways the next day as they were heading back to Windhoek.
In Keetmanshoop we changed the brake line ourselves, bled the system from air bubbles and off we were two nights later.
We stayed almost a month in Namibia and have a great impression of it. It was a great place to relax after the visa run down the whole west coast. We were able to slow down end enjoy this gem of a country. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip so far.
South Africa, Vioolsdrift
Crossing the border was a dream! Ten minutes later we had our passports and carnet stamped in and out. The fastest border crossing so far! What are we going to do with the rest of our day?
Just having entered SA we got bored of the good road very fast, so we looked on the map and started the Namaqua 4wd trail. The trail itself is very good, but when we took the side trail towards the road to hell we stopped halfway and turned back. Normally Jasmin is the one stopping me to drive further over bad roads, but this time even I didn’t want to. It still made a brilliant bush camp as we were awaken in the middle of the night by sudden screaming of all the animals around. Monkeys, donkeys, wild dogs and more. It stopped as fast as it came, very spooky.
Slowly arriving into Cape Town we could spot the table mountain from far away. It was soon clear our journey had come to an end. We had rented an apartment through Airbnb for a month to see whether we wanted to stay longer. If not, we would commence our journey back on the East coast of Africa. As you know by now we have moved on. We both received job offers but nothing good enough to make a decent living or doing something that would benefit our experience.