Cruising through Namibia

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
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Trip End Feb 03, 2007


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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Once again, we had to hitchhike. We don't like doing it and a year ago we never thought that we would be standing on the side of the road with our thumbs up....in Africa on the Trans-Kalahari highway. We met some prostitutes (well at least that's what they looked like) and they told us to walk to the Botswanan/Namibian border, it would be easier to get a ride from there. They were right, we ended up on an overland truck and made friends with the guys on board, the driver however tried to charge us 40 USD each for the ride, including lunch!!! We politely told him that we didn't even have that much cash on us and that we wouldn't pay more than $5 each for the ride. We than walked off and got chatting with some other guy that agreed to take us for $5 each. In the end, the driver of the overland truck ran over, said he felt guilty letting us hitch a ride with someone else and he agreed to our price. We didn't really care if he gave us a ride or not but the whole principle of the driver trying to charge us 80 USD for a 500km ride including lunch brought from Shoprite (supermarket) was wrong. Anyways, the overland crew ended up being a cool bunch of people and it was nice to hang out with them for the day. We even tagged along to their dinner where we ate a Bushmans Kebab that included - Zebra, Ostrich, Kudu, Chicken and Crocodile yum yum.

Driving into Windhoek (the Namibian capital) felt strange, this is a real city - just like in Europe or Australia. It let us do things we weren't able to do in all the other African countries, we could go to the supermarket, nice restaurants, nice bars, you could even tuck into a 21 piece feed from the Conel...but after a while we realised that we didn't miss any of these things anyway (hmmm are we turning into hippies now?) well maybe we missed them a bit.

We hired a car, a little Toyota Tazz (Corrolla) which we named Tazznibia (we like to name cars). Tazznibia took us to Etosha (National Park), where we nearly ran over a male lion having a sleep on the road, to Spitzkoppe where we bush camped and spent a shitty Christmas eve, to Swakopmund which just felt like Germany and finally to the best place of them all... Soussevlei. These are the massive dunes in the Namib dessert which are simply awesome and one of the best things we've ever seen on our travels. We also saw three guys from an overland truck run down the dunes naked...those crazy overlanders.

Camping has definitely made the trip cheaper for us but it really sucks. We don't have pillows, we sleep on the thinnest foam mats and finally to top it all off our blankets come in the form of our towels! It gets freezing cold at night, the ground is always dirt with a few rocks thrown in and sometimes there are small puddles of rain right where we put out feet to rest. The car company kindly lent us some pillows, so there was a bit of luxury for the week.

The nicest sleep we have had since getting the stupid tent was when we hopped on a 20 hour bus from Windhoek (Namibia) to Cape Town (South Africa).
 
 
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