Swakopmund

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Wow....We have had a manic time since we last wrote from the Okavango Delta in Botswana, We crossed the border into Namibia in an area called the Caprivi Strip which is in the far north, and spent that night at a campground set on the River, it was nice and relaxing and there were huge crocs swimming in the river.

Next day we set off and headed to the border town of Rundu, a fairly small very African Town, we did some shopping and ate lunch at the riverside looking over to Angola! A lot of our time from Botswana into Namibia was travel as it was such a long way, we bush camped that night, which basically means we set up camp somewhere like a woodland which is fairly deserted from the rest of the people and towns. We set up camp, eat, sleep and move on the next morning.

We then travelled onto Etosha National Park, we saw lots of Zebra and Springbok, we stayed at two different camps on the 2 nights, and both had huge waterholes, at the first one we went down at night and watched some Rhinos drinking and bathing, at the 2nd one we watched elephants and zebra bathing side by side during the day. The park was great and we got upclose to some Ostrich too!

After a couple of days in Etosha we travelled inland to the town of Otijwarongo, here is a Cheetah farm, kind of like a sanctuary, we were lucky enough to be able to stroke some Cheetah, and later that day drove in jeeps out into the wilds and saw wild cheetah being fed, at one time there were 9 of them, they were absolutly amazing.

We visited a petrified forest which was impressive, and drove onto the famous ancient Twyfelfontein, climbed the sandstone mountains up to the bushman carving in the rock which were very impressive. That day we continued driving and set up camp on the beach, at the famous Skeleton Coast, the Atlantic ocean was roaring and it was so windy, but it was just so relaxing falling asleep in the tent listening to the sound of the sea.

We drove along the coast the next day to Cape Cross Seal Colony, it STUNK, it smelt like ive never smelt before, but it was fascinating seeing thousands of seals all on the beach on the coast of Afruca.

We visited Spitzkoppe which was inland, a huge sandstone mountain set in the desert, the stars were beautiful that night.

Now we are in Swakopmund, you feel like you are in Germany not Africa, the architecture and food, drinks, and the language...they speak German!! Its a great town, there are huge sand dunes which we intend to visit in the next couple of days, we have really chilled out, we are staying in a really nice hostel close to the centre of town which is great, weve ate KFC, shopped for essentials and today I jumped out of a plane at 10,000feet...Just another typical day in Africa really!

Matt has now declared that I too am oficially mad!!!

Love and Hugs to you all

Ali and Matt
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