Ruacana

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Hippo Pools

Flag of Namibia  , Kunene,
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Enyandy to Ruacana

OK! This road certainly lived up to its reputation. We were more than happy to be going "down hill" most the way rather than having to be climbing the hectic uphill.  Quite frankly, I cannot see how they got up there with the caravans.  We think that we would have had a tough time with Lynx if we had to do it.

We came across various vehicles en route.  One, with an oupa, ouma and 4 grandkids.  A group of about 15 off road bikes with their 3 support vehicles also passed us.  We were debating the toll this road must have on the human body.  Fortunately, all of them came pass on “open stretches”. 

At Swartbooisdrif, the road got much better.  It opened up and the road had been scrapped.  We had a look at the Dorslandtrekker Memorial.  This memorial was in memory of the Afrikaner people that were thrown out of Angola. 

Continuing we stopped off at Kunene Lodge.  We had been told that it was a nice place to stay.  Although they are right on the banks of the Kunene, the river is too wide and deep to notice the flow.  It is almost as if it is stagnant.  We had a Cup of coffee and a nice piece of peppermint crisp tart on the deck overlooking the river. 

Carlos said we should rather move on and stay at Hippo Pools just outside Ruacana.  It was not much further in any case.  Hippo Pools is a community base camp situated under the power station outside Ruacana.  Ruacana was one of the places I was looking forward to seeing as I remembered visiting it with my parents. Sadly Hippo Pools was a letdown.  A rundown camp with very little to see.  All the same, it was late afternoon so we set up camp. 

Next morning the Ruacana Falls continued in the same vein.  It was dry.  The “view point” was just about none existent and one had to make your own way to see it. The power station is bigger and more impressive.  Ruacana town topped the pops.  Other than one petrol station very little of what once was Ruacana was still standing.  A very sad looking place.  Town is at about 1200 m above sea level.  The road from here on will be level for a long long time.  We were on our way to Oshakati.  A town we stayed in all those year ago. Marais, my younger brother was born here in 1970.  At that stage Oshakati did not even have a police station.  It was before the war with Angola so we were able to go on holiday in Angola.  A holiday, in a hotel, for a family of 5, cost my dad R25 back then.
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