Friday, 15 July 2011

Namibia - here we come

N7 North
The blacktop stretches out endlessly in front of us, and the road is as straight as an arrow.  It seems that the road builders decided that no natural obstacle will force them to go around it, and small hills has been excavated to keep the road going in one direction, and one direction only.  The road was incredibly beautiful.  Kudos to the road builders.  I am not wise to the fauna and flora and tricks of this part of the country, but we were amazed by the amount of wild flowers we already saw next to the roads.

Liquor store at Springbok
We left around 07h30 Saturday morning not 100% sure how long it would take to get to the border.  A brief pitstop was required at Springbok to acquire wiskey that was accidently left behind.  All my hopes were dashed that Springbok may be an alternative shopping venue.    The last 10km to the border is exceptional.  No problems at the border crossing.  Vehicle registration papers were not requested.  At all!

Our spirit of adventure made us choose the dirt road to Seeheim instead of the tar road direct to Keetmanshoop.  In any event, Namibia is mos famous for its excellent dirt roads.  Yeah right.  Every 100m or so is a drainage ditch and you keep on switching gears and never gain speed.  The surrounds however made up for it, and we found lots of small tortoises and koringkrieke the size of donkeys. 

I was getting anxious that we will miss the 16h00 feeding of the cheetah at our accommodation outside Keetmanshoop, but then discovered the bliss of daylight savings time in Namibia and suddenly we had another hour in which to enjoy a beer at the Seeheim hotel.  A very weird place, with a lovely pub.

 We stayed at the Quiver Tree Forest Lodge outside of Keetmanshoop.  They have a number of Cheetah orphans that they look after and you could join in the feeding ceremony.  Directly thereafter we took a stroll through the Quiver Tree Forest in the dusk and took the nicest pictures.  Early the next morning we went to the Giant’s Playground, and area were rocks are stacked just as if by hand. Amazing.

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