Springbok – Noord Oewer – Grunau
Today has been the most frustrating day of our trip so
far! Something went wrong with the
limited power supply we had at the Back packers and I left without being able
to put on my helmet cam.
|Still dirty in spite of a quick wash down.|
I had forgotten how mountainous the area was and
|Outside of Springbok - the orange Namaqualand Daisies|
|Hitting the open roads|
|Hills start popping up|
|And the last mountain - at the border|
|Checking our documents at the border|
It was a nice ride to the border.
|Going into Namibia from South Africa|
|Crossing the Orange rivier|
Once through the border at
Noord Oewer we went and bought new Namibian sim cards for our phones so that we
could have contact with folk back home and if some emergency occurred, we would
be able to get help.
|First fuel from Namibia - much cheaper than in South Africa|
And a data card for me to keep my blog updated (yeah
right!). Yet to get the stuff to work was an absolute pain. Dramas of epic
We ended up paying way more than we intended and thanks to the
wonderful help of the staff at the Wimpy, they got us connected. Unfortunately we had spent about 3.5 hours
|Happy to be on Namibian soil!|
This meant that we were too late to take our original route
to Karrasburg and opted for Grunau, were we had a good time at a wonderful
campsite at accommodation called the White House. What friendly and helpful
hosts! Even gave us some rusks for breakfast.
|First stretch on the never ending Namibian roads|
This was where we met up with Nic. A pilot who was glad to
take to the open roads (for a change) and not just the skies! His wife was
accompanying him with a cage for some parts of the way.
|Glad to know some rest is close!|
|A view from my tent|
|First Namibian sunset|
Here I could not stop taking pics of the sunset and
surroundings, as the sky just became more and more beautiful!
|Nic and Toni discussing the route|
We had Salticrax and Mussels for supper and washed it down with a nartjie and coffee.
|Our first washing of the trip|
|Start settling down for the day|
|The sun catching the distant mountains|
|Some interesting art|
we had to do tar all day, we were pretty tired and settled for bed quite early.
I started noticing the subtle change in surroundings from South Africa to Namibia. Although different, I
liked it. A kind of rugged beauty that demanded a second look.
|In Afrikaans: "Laugh with me; just because - for we need it".|
A relief to have a good night sleep after a long and exhausting day. Our first day on Namibian soil – yeahh!!!
The White House was the highlight of the day with meticulous
care taken of the ablution blocks, the tents and helpfulness. Not to mention
the very reasonable price! Definitely a place I would recommend and visit
|Our camp, tents, washing and dining room|