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Africa » Namibia » Damaraland August 31st 2013

We leave Swakopmund at around 8:30, hoping to be at the bank as it opens to change some of the dollars we are carrying. Unfortunately, Saturday AM seems to be the time the locals descend on their bank, so the line is already 50 deep at that time. We head across the road and hit the ATM instead, fill up at the edge of town and head north up the coast. We are on a "salt" road, so called as it is tarmac covered in salt from the sea and very slippery when wet. We head up to Hentes Bay, very chilly at 14 degrees. Along the way, we encounter a recent skeleton coast wreck, now parked in the breakers and home to dozens of cormorants, white sided and common. We pause for a look round ... read more
Billy
Down to the Ugab Terraces
Vingerklip

Africa » Namibia » Damaraland October 3rd 2012

Damaraland, Namibia, 1 September 2012 – Tom’s birthday After an excellent drive on sealed roads, we arrived at Damaraland at the Aba-Huab Camp at about 3.00pm. It was a simple camp by a dry river bed, with hot water (heated by the donkey method), a pool table and lots of sand – after all, we were heading towards the Namib Desert. All the members of our tour wished Tom happy birthday in the morning, presenting him with a card with everyone’s birthday messages. We all looked after him very well. For the evening meal, we had arranged ice cream with candles on top and sang him happy birthday. Georgina gave him a cap with the big 5 embroided on it and I gave him a DVD with images of Africa and African music on it. Damaraland ... read more
Aba-Huab our accomodation in Damaraland Namibia (3)
Aba-Huab our accomodation in Damaraland Namibia (4)
Aba-Huab our accomodation in Damaraland Namibia (5)

Africa » Namibia » Damaraland August 11th 2012

Another day on the road today so not a great deal to say. We hit the salt road north again after breakfast. Not far out of Swakopmund is a small community called Wlotzkasbaken that we had passed yesterday. It comprises lots of colourful houses and caught our eye yesterday, so when we got back a bit of research informed us that this town lives off grid, as it were, generating its own electricity, storing is own water and recycling it waste. On our way back north today we had a quick drive through and took some more pictures. Just after we turned off the salt road we came across an area of the desert that was cordoned off for filming. We know that two days ago when we went kayaking that they are filming Mad Max ... read more
Korhaan
Herero Village
With obligatory car

Africa » Namibia » Damaraland August 11th 2012

Before we say what we have been doing today a quick word on yesterday evening: when we got back to our lodge from the main block after dinner last night we stood on the porch admiring the stars and we were joined by a bat in silent flight swooping round catching the insects attracted by the porch light. Today we have had a day off from driving as we let the guides take the strain. This morning we were up early, very early to go out and see if we could find the desert adapted elephant. On the way we saw the usual springbok and ostrich, we also saw steenbok which is a very small antelope and loads of different birds. Our driver was very good at mimicking the bird calls to get them to sing. ... read more
Steenbok
Baby desert elephant
Lizard

Africa » Namibia » Damaraland August 19th 2011

H – Kate has already mentioned in one of her blogs our visit to a Himba Village so I wont repeat that but I have added a few more photos of the experience for you to enjoy and some pictures of the Himba women covered in the iron oxide/butter rub and their amazing hair. On the subject of hair ... we have been on the move for several weeks now since my last haircut in Nicaragua and I really did need a haircut. When I saw the hair of one of the little boys in the village I thought why not – get a local haircut! If they can give him a cool Mohican style cut they should be able to do something for me. By the time they found the barber (he was in the ... read more
Team Haircuts - See How The Little Lad Wants Me To Have A Lollipop - They Do that At My Barbers In Californina Too!
Keep Your Eyes On That Lolly
The Local Elders Hold An Impromptu Meeting To Discuss A Lollipop Shortage




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