Day 10 – afternoon/eveningDay 3 – Northern Experience Tour 30 Celsius
For our South Africa/Namibia border crossing, proper forms were filled out, passports stamped and next thing we knew, we were out of South Africa and entering Namibia where a huge sign welcomed us here! It was smooth sailing in other words! Looking at my watch, it was 4:30pm.
The view from the bridge of the Orange River separating both countries was quite something! And no….it wasn't orange in color contrary to many beliefs. It was named "Orange" in honor of the Dutch Royal House of Orange. Interesting facts!
An hour later and after a very long day’s drive…..not a minute too soon….we were passing the front gates of our accommodations for the next two nights! We were finally here at Felix Unite Orange River Camp in Noordoewer, Namibia! Yeahhh!
The camp was huge and boasted magnificent views of the great Orange River right in front of us. Wow! The place greatly exceeded my expectations as I looked forward in spending a relaxation time here and being spoiled by rugged beauty!
Keys to our cabanas were given. We had lucky number “7” complete with air conditioning, mini fridge and decorated in true African style with a roof made out of hay! I just hoped that no creepy insects or small lizards would make their way inside the cabana but it was already too late for that wishful thinking!
We had a visitor…..a small gecko on the wall which Michel tried to catch but unfortunately wasn’t fast enough. At that moment, I wondered if I’ll be able to sleep here tonight……better get used to it Michel told me after all this is Africa…… but was well prepared for these occasions by having brought with me mosquito nets as well as linings that would cover me from head to toe! Hehehe!
After a refreshing shower….of course Michel had to inspect beforehand if there wasn’t any spiders hanging around……and a change of clothes, we went out to inspect the grounds.
Right in front of our cabana, huge birds flew across the Orange River stopping occasionally on rocks while searching for their catch. The breeze was quite warm as we made our way towards the central buildings where a huge swimming pool looked quite inviting.
This evening, we ate outside around a big rectangular table where our guides prepared for us a succulent dinner cooked on a charcoal bbq….chicken breasts and vegetables. I had the vegetables.
After informing the group of my cabana’s little visitor of this afternoon….the little gecko….surprisingly, they all showed me pictures of theirs as well! So it turned out that I wasn’t the only one who had these little visitors as they all did!
They were also quick to tell me that these reptiles were friendly little creatures that ate bugs and spiders! Now, were they trying to reassure me or what!
It was a nice way of ending the evening as we looked forward to our canoe excursion for tomorrow morning! Monique :-) Statistics for the day:
- Citrusdal, South Africa (The Old Village) to Noordoewer, Namibia (Felix Unite)
- Departure time: 8:00am
- Arrival time: 5:30pm
- Total km: 511 km