Feeling the cold in Upington
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The fuel pump arrived from the UK, had it fitted and also an oil leak. A Land Rover with no oil leaks has no oil inside I’ve been told. Down in Upington, close to Namibia border down in the south west, we stocked up on supplies and engine oil for the next service. These were a couple of colder nights together sleeping in the roof tent and we used every sleeping bag, some spare cloths plus the material hammock to cover us. It was so cold that there was ice on the inside of the tent, -5 degrees!! We used large coke bottles filled with boiling water to take the edge off the cold but they only last a few times until they start to deform and leak!
Going back into the dry Namibia the landscape reminded me of Morocco and it felt good.
The wind blew across the desert and whistled around us in the tall trees that night.
The next morning we set off for Fish Rive Canyon and as I paid for that nights camping a guy said “Welcome to South Africa”. Namibia in very recent times was all part of South Africa right up to the Angolan border in the north, Botswana in the middle had South Africa almost circled by them. In the north there is a strange strip of land the Caprivi Strip that cuts a channel of land between Angola and Botswana.
We found ourselves in a nice place for camping in Fish Rive Canyon, not expensive and had hot thermal springs that kept the large unused swimming pool warm, our private pool. For Paulina the best camping in all Africa because she loves the water, while I enjoyed, after long time, some pages of my book beside the swimming pool. People mostly used the spring inside and it was a nice place to go once the sun went down. People walked for a few days with backpacks along the canyon but we didn’t feel the love for that but we walked up the canyon a bit and back to our camp site instead.