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Published: September 2nd 2019
Day 9 and the longggg journey back to Knysna begins. Away from the lodge by 6:30 and heading south on the B8. A pretty uneventful beginning to the journey except for a great unexpected sighting of 2 Giraffe at the side of the road, looked like mother and baby and baby hid behind the tree when we stopped the car. The scenery didn't change for around 2 hours, seemingly endless settlements of Mbunza people. In around 4 ½ hours we reached Otavi and joined the B1.
Heading further on and desperate for a coffee after around 6 hours we came into Okahandja spotted an oasis, a Wimpy. Wimpy have been our saviour this trip with the early starts as they're always dependable on quality and are the few people who actually serve a decent Cappuccino. Rita took a shine to Jack, a lovely lad who was training, when he came to tell us why there was a delay with my waffle he said “sorry about the wait but we had to get the bananas form the jungle”. He was really sweet, and we even filled in a comment card to help him on his journey. Okahandja is a
nice, clean, friendly town and really was the first sign of civilization on our journey south
Leaving Okahandja we forged on and were soon on the new highway being constructed, really good quality highway that will I’m sure eventually link the south with the north more speedily. Another hour or so and we reached the Windhoek region and the scenery changed immeasurably. Beautiful countryside soon engulfed us, and it was a refreshing change. We needed fuel and Rita needed to go shopping, shock I know but true. Found an Engen and tanked up the Touareg and asked about the shopping centre, unfortunately the teller spoke little English but thankfully there was a friendly motorist on hand to help. So kind was he that he offered to lead us to the centre as he was on his way somewhere near, we gratefully accepted. I asked was he in the Merc at the pump, he replied yes, paid for his fuel, then jumped into a Fiat. Unfortunately, despite his best intentions, he took us to completely the wrong shopping centre, but hey, it’s the thought that counts. Got some WiFi, found the right place and jumped back in the
car and headed off. The Grove is lovely, a newish centre with a lot of familiar brands, the one of most interest to me was Seattle Coffee, I sat and sipped a Cappuccino and Rita went shopping for a while. After about 90 minutes, and a couple of purchases later, we headed back to the highway for the short trip to our accommodation.
We only had a short trip and were soon at the lovely organic farm, Sarima Krumhuk. Very rustic but the scenery is absolutely stunning, and the night sky is among the best I have seen ever. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my SLR and my compact just did not have a long enough exposure to get a shot of it. Made a lively pasta dinner and made a fire and sat under the stars before retiring early for another early start the next day.
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