The naked cyclists!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Sunday, May 7, 2006

Up at 4:50am for sunrise over the canyon, although not too sure why we got up at this time as sunrise was not until about 6:30!



We get to the canyon at 5:30 and stand in the dark waiting for things to lighten up a bit. Sunrise and the canyon were very nice, but I really feel like I'm on a Japanese tour bus at the moment where everyone jumps out, takes a photo and then gets back on the bus! 5 minutes after sunrise that's exactly what everyone wanted to do and get back to camp for breakfast. I'd have liked to stay a while and walked along the rim.


I guess I knew for certain now what I was fairly sure about before the trip started, organized tours were not for me and in the future, where ever possible, I would be steering well clear of them. They are great for getting around the sites, but you miss out on so much adventure and lose all your flexibility. I'll be very happy to meet up with Erica soon and stop wherever and when ever I want.




On the way back to camp we saw a number of desert growing Quiver Trees. An interesting Aloe species.

Saw an interesting sight on the way to Noordoewer and the Orange River. A bunch of cyclist were on the road, but 3 of them were stark bollock naked! A strange sight for the middle of the desert!




As we drove down towards Noordoewer we could see South Africa across the Orange River. I had mixed emotions at this point, it was certainly a big leg of my trip coming to an end and meant Cape Town was only a day away!

Cape Town though was where I was meeting Erica, and I was looking forward to that.

In Namibia we stayed at Felix Unite, a very nice campsite on the Orange River.

Namibia is bigger than Botswana that in turn is the size of France. 2 weeks in this amazing country is nowhere near enough. I love the desert scenery, and I could well seem myself coming back here in the future for a longer trip. I think 2 months should do it!

I'd like to take a 4WD up to Kaokoland and Damaraland and explore the scenery and the tribes there. I'd like to come back and hike in Fish River Canyon and try a few of the other fantastic hikes dotted around the country. I'd like to go at a slower pace and stop to admire some of the scenery and I'd like to go to Luderitz, the old Germanic coastal town.
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Felix Unite

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