Kayaking and Canyons

Trip Start Nov 13, 2005
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Trip End Dec 22, 2006


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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Day three was our longest drive yet as we made our way to the Namibian border. We are getting used to the truck (when we aren't calling it a bus or a van). Learning the tricks of the trade such as sticking the toilet roll out the window when you want to stop for a call of nature or sticking your head out the window when you want to take a photo. Stopped in Springbok (the national animal of South Africa and also the name given to their rugby team). Managed to check our email where we read some interesting stories from our friends Claudia and Finn who have just come from were we are going. Lets say we'll tell you about them when we get home but looks like exciting times lie ahead. No hassle at the border crossing apart from the guard asking Liam to explain why his month of birth was wrong on his passport and Liam had to give a quick lesson in the Irish language. Stayed at a fantastic campsite on the edge of the Orange River. Great facilities and fresh, soft grass which makes a huge difference when you are camping! Bangers and mash for tea or what are known locally as 'Boerewors' meaning farmer's sausage. Bit of southern star gazing before a good night's sleep.

Day four was a bit more strenuous. Did a three hour guided kayak down the Orange River. The guide apologized for stating the obvious but none of us realised that we were kayaking down a river with Namibia on our right and South Africa on our left. We managed not to kill one another even if one of us insisted on diving into the water for a swim and rocking the kayak in the process! Another couple were not as lucky when they capsized while having a water fight, wet cameras are not good! Lunch was followed by international cricket at 40 degrees... boys will be boys! Drove 2.5 hours in very hot winds to Fish River Canyon. At 165km long, 27km wide and 520m deep it is the second largest Canyon in the world. Walked 3km to a fantastic lookout and sweet talked a lift back with another tour group. Got to see some Springbok and the rare wild zebra from the truck. Spent a long time taking sunset photos as we watched the Naminian ski change from a strong blue into an amazing mix of pinks, reds and oranges...
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