Scenic route around the Canyom
Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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We are going back to the river. The Orange. The scenery marvelous with the many clouds in the sky. The play of dark and light markings on the fast landscape left me in awe. Too soon we reached Aussenkehr. No this was especially interesting for us as we had seen this large green patch on the other side of the river when in the Richtersveld at Kokkerboom camp.
We were more than surprised at the actual size of the farm and the general operation. The farm has given enough people work to have formed a town. Not the normal squatter camp type of town but a proud, neat reed village. The atmosphere is light and the people seem to be happy.
They grow white and red grapes here
From here we followed the river on the Namibian side. Much better than on the Richtersveld side. One actually drives "on “ the banks of the river.
A number of mining sites can be seen too. The road is wide and smooth – like we have come to know the roads in Namibia. What a pleasure to see not only the river but also the Richtersveld from this side.
We turned away shortly after Potjiespram (insedently we could see “our camp spot" from this side) and Sendelingsdrift. We took a right turn to Rosh Pinah. We will be staying at Namuskloof just 15 km or so out of town. Rosh Pinah is a Zink mine town. Proved to be the biggest we had seen since Keetmanshoop.
At Namuskloof we met Hendrik, the manager and his wife Martha. Hendrik is very organized and had the place swept and the donckey under fire for our hot shower. Surprising to find such pride in these remote areas. We had a good nights sleep and woke up with the tent wet once again. After showing Hendrik everything there is to see on the trailer – including how it works. We said good bye to a very impressed Hendrik. We will now be going via Witputs, via the scenic route back to the Fish Rver, or at least to the Fish River Canyon Lodge on the edge of the Canyon – that is on the opposite side of Hobas.