the road trip continues

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beautiful views are always found on the road

Unlike the night before, this time around I had a great night's rest and maybe knowing that Mr. Ugly was gone to cockroach heaven made me feel a little bit better. Waking up early in the morning and knowing his relatives didn't show up, made us feel save so to speak and as soon as we packed all of our stuff, it was time for breakfast.

Just like the previous days, we had yet another early leave coz another day on the road awaited us. We really needed to drive a lot and in a way I somehow underestimated this, but than again, Namibia is such a large country compared to Belgium, that the chance we have to do some more driving in the next upcoming days is more than real.

As we were driving for a few hours, the views along the road changed from desert like into something a bit greener.

a mountain zebra trapped in some wire
There was still lots of sand and of course rocks aren't far away either, but somehow the scenery changed a bit and even the climate with it. It was still hot, even early in the morning, but it was more bearable. Maybe we started to get used to the heat, who knows?

If this was true we were going to find out in the next hour coz our guide Norman arranged us a guided tour with Boesman. Although he is not native to the country, this guy is so into the desert and the country that everyone started to call him Boesman (from the African word Bosjesman) and the name sticked to him. He lives in the desert in the vicinity of Sesriem and together with his Japanese wive he met a few years back and his two little girls, he really has a blooming business.

luck was on his side, he got out!
He doesn't like the crowds, but when he starts talking about the desert and the life in it, you hang to his lips from the first till the last minute.

This guy really deserves a metal and he really made us learn a little more about the desert and everything that goes with it. He also tried to explain a bit to us how to survive in the desert, but I was praying to do Gods at that same moment that I never ever going to need that. Hearing about it, is more than enough. I know, I am such a softie, but at least I am honest about it.

At noon, we said goodbye to Boesman and his family and found ourselves a great picknick spot just half an hour later near the road. Rhyno prepared us a quick sandwich lunch and after bushie bushie, it was back on the road again.

Somehow I always managed to fall asleep after Rhynos lunch and I began to think he put some sleeping medecin in it since I wasn't the only one.

oryx crossing
We woke up a few hours later when we crossed the Tropic of Capricorn. A few snap shots and jumps later and we were back on the road for another stretch of driving.

About an hour or so later, we drove through some pretty interesting landscapes as it seemed that the rocks are all twisted. Norman called it a moon landscape, I don't know how you can call it, but it was sure interesting and it made for great pictures.

Back on the road again, me and Tania had the honor to sit in front with Alington and while we were chit chatting about everything and nothing in particular, we all of a sudden realised that we were not alone anymore. The landscape changed from rocky and sandy to flat and we even saw the Atlantic Ocean. What an experience it was. After a few hours of driving we arrived in Walvis Bay and although it was nice to see a big city again, I somehow wanted to go back to the peace and quiet.

amazing tree

For the first time in more than many days, we saw traffic lights again and loads of traffic that goes with it.

Although it was already 5 PM, we were still lucky to have a bit of daylight left so that we could see the infamous pink flamingos, but as we arrived at the scene, the only ones we saw where the normal ones. We couldn't see one pink birdy till all of a sudden someone of our group spotted a few way back in the water. A short walk alongside the beach made sure we got a glimpse of them as well and they were beautiful. 

Sadly enough we couldn't stay there forever and in a way I didn't mind one bit because the weather here at the coast was quite a bit different than we were used too and just like some others of our group I was freezing. Can't believe that I was thinking that, but I sure did.

Mr. Boesman, what a guide!
It was COLD!!!

Back inside Chris again, we drove for another hour towards Swakopmund, the final destination of our day and as we arrived in the dark, we quickly got settled into our rooms and off we went again for some joint dinner at the centre of town.

Norman found us an Italian place where you can eat all sorts of things, even game and of course, this was the thing we wanted the most. Till now we only saw an oryx, springbok and a zebra, which was truly impressive, but I can tell you now, that their behinds are tasty as well. I love the meat that's for sure although I like to see them in the wild, they taste delicious!

By the time it was 10 PM, we arrived back at hour hotel and sadly enough we had to say goodbye to 2 members of our group.

his backyard
Our Brazilian couple Renate and Renato were leaving us and were going to spend another week at Zanzibar, the lucky bastards!

Saying goodbye is never easy even if you have spend such a short time with eachother and as tears came to the survice, even our crew was a bit surprised that we cared about eachother so much. Yep, we were a gang of softies!

Back in our room, it didn't take me long to fall asleep. Tania still wanted to skype home to let the home front now that we were still alive and kicking, me on the other hand, just wanted to sleep and for once it didn't take me long. As soon as my head touched my pillow, I was off to dreamland.

Paulovic says:
Really? Renate and Renato? They found eachother, how cool is that!

I complety understand what you mean by arriving in a city after being in remote areas for a while.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2018
planxty says:
When are we getting more of this blog, I am loving it!?
Posted on: Jan 05, 2018
Ils1976 says:
Thanks for the kind words, more is on the way, but give me some time! :D
Posted on: Jan 04, 2018
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beautiful views are always found o…
beautiful views are always found …
a mountain zebra trapped in some w…
a mountain zebra trapped in some …
luck was on his side, he got out!
luck was on his side, he got out!
oryx crossing
oryx crossing
amazing tree
amazing tree
Mr. Boesman, what a guide!
Mr. Boesman, what a guide!
his backyard
his backyard
loving the tree
loving the tree
close up on the nest
close up on the nest
Mr. Boesman sure knows why lives w…
Mr. Boesman sure knows why lives …
a fairy ring near the road
a fairy ring near the road
self-explanatory I guess
self-explanatory I guess
strange landscape
strange landscape
Chris stays behind on this one
Chris stays behind on this one
amazing stones
amazing stones
love these ones
love these ones
unearthly not?
unearthly not?
nice though
nice though
surfs up
surfs up
on the road again
on the road again
so importan!
so importan!
and again and again
and again and again
arriving at Walvis Bay
arriving at Walvis Bay
home of the flamingos
home of the flamingos
so cool
so cool
a pink one!
a pink one!
because I just love this one
because I just love this one
great ending of the day
great ending of the day
Swakopmund
photo by: Chelsea