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Africa » Namibia October 19th 2018

Today we headed out of Botswana into Namibia. The border crossing went well but took a bit of time as there was forms to fill out. Mark and I left early this morning so we were the first across but it went smoothly. The sight we are on tonight is on the Zambezi River and across is Zambia. The mosquitos have been the worse so far and also small black flies that bite. Definitely need insect repellant on. ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei August 20th 2018

C’est finalement lorsqu’on s’apprête à quitter Walvis Bay qu’il arrête de venter et que la température monte un peu. Après un déjeuner au bord du lagon, on reprend la route vers le désert du Namib. Alors qu’on pensait avoir les pires routes dernières nous, celle-ci est particulièrement atroce. JS est complètement brûlé et a le cou fini après 90 minutes de conduite et Richard doit prendre la relève (je suis exempté de la conduite parce que je n’ai pas de permis de conduire international…Et je dois naviguer …Et je dois documenter…Et je ne veux pas conduire à gauche). Au moins, les paysages sont spectaculaires avec des montagnes de plusieurs couleurs et un col dans le roc noir. C’est assurément la route la plus excitante du voyage. Nous faisons un bref arrêt au très adéquatement nommé hameau ... read more
Madame fait son yoga dans les montagnes Naukluft
Formations rocheuses dans les montagnes Naukluft
Montagnes napolitaines

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay August 17th 2018

Notre dernier safari matinal à Erindi n’a pas été un grand succès. On avait encore comme guide l’équivalent sud-africain de notre cousin Miguel. On a fait la gaffe de lui dire qu’on n’était pas très intéressé à voir des lions ce matin, et il a alors cherché d’autres animaux qui ne se sont jamais pointés. Avec une demi-heure à faire, il a eu pitié et nous a donc emmenés voir des chiens sauvages en semi-captivité. L’un des animaux les plus laids de la savane. Nous sommes ensuite retournés au lodge pour un délicieux déjeuner et une dernière observation des hippos et des crocodiles dans le petit lac. On reprend ensuite la route vers Henties Bay, une petite station balnéaire perdue dans le brouillard au bord de l’Atlantique. En deux heures et 150km, la température passe de ... read more
Chien sauvage à Erindi
Chiens sauvages à Erindi
Petit safari matinal tranquil

Africa » Namibia » Caprivi August 14th 2018

Slow morning, we decided to miss the birdwatching boat trip this morning. Thought we might be the only ones, but soon found out that there were at least 4 or 5 others couples who had a slow start as well. Nice to wake up easy and do breakfast at our own pace, even if I was distracted by the hippo outside the ship walking to the shore. Lots of exposure at long last, but guess where the camera was..... Did some washing as well, so no more swapping jocks from front to back and inside out......... Plan today is to visit a local community village. Off in the boats again, and find out that our boat driver comes form this village. He is very proud to be taking us there. On the way we pass a ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Caprivi August 13th 2018

We move on from an interesting time in Johannesburg to our next destination, the Chobe river. This is an interesting sort of the trip as we leave South Africa, passport control, enter Botswana, passport controlmfor all of our 15 minutes in Botswana then on a safari boat down the river and into the Namibian waters to do, passsport control. This time, much more interesting, boat nudges into the river bank, we have to climb off into soft sand then up to the passport office. We have a few people less mobile than others, so I help a few, then our badge lady (91 year old Marion) climbs down. The boat person is panicing a bit. I hold her hand and she is down. Easy Peasy. Others get steps but Marion shows them all up. Queue at ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 13th 2018

Aimez-vous les zèbres! Question réthorique je sais. Tout le monde aime les zèbres! Donc rendez-vous au Parc National Etosha pour des zèbres mur à mur. Au premier, on se dit « wow, un zèbre! ». Au cinq-centième, c’est plutôt « C’est quoi l’animal là-bas? Ah, c’est juste encore un zèbre…». Donc nous avons quitté Rundu et la zone de malaria. Il nous reste juste 7 pilules à prendre. Après un départ matinal et une longue route, nous avons atteint la porte Lindequist à l’est du Parc National Etosha, le plus réputé de Namibie et l’un des tops en Afrique. Il fait 22 000 km carrés et est situé dans une zone plutôt aride donc la végétation n’est pas très dense, ce qui facilite l’observation des animaux. Il y aussi très peu d’eau dans le parc, et ... read more
Cousin du gnou
Éléphant à Etosha
Appui-tête à zèbre

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 2nd 2018

Another early start and this time Chris beats me out of bed. In our special pickup cart at 0615 for delivery to our breakfast. Fed and watered then into our delightfully designed ponchos, with associated pics then up into our truck. Same same as yesterday, join the queue, not too long, but we are behind the very same Range Rover as yesterday...... Into the Park and back along the same road, this time with toilet break.... We drive along the bitumen and there are cars in front of us going in all directions. Turns out an elephant family must have had a party last night. Big droppings all over the road along with left over tree branches. No wonder cars were avoiding that.... Sudden stop, David spots 2 Rhino across the plains. A long way away, ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park August 1st 2018

Off on our first early safari looking for big game today. Onto the truck and dressed in warm ponchos supplied by the driver. Still not enough to keep the bitter cold off our faces, but anyway, into the wild west we headed. Get to the made road, turn right to the gates of the Etosha National Park which were about 300 metres away and stop. A queue of trucks, cars and safari land cruisers. After about half an hour we are in and on a straight stretch of road similar to the Nullarbor plain. The plan was to stop at the resort for a toilet break then into the park. Oops, bypassed the resort and onto the dusty gravel roads. Yells of stop, there were zebras. No stopping, then we see lots of vehicles on the ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park July 31st 2018

Another early start - thought this was a holiday. Bags packed and up to brekky before sunrise. We are off to our next digs, via a scenic flight up the shipwreck coast of west Namibia, followed by a dolphin cruise from Walvis Bay with lunch and then onto our final leg, the Fort at Onguma in the far central north of Namibia. Plane beats us down by 5 minutes, but no rush as there is fog on the coast. We wait for 15 minutes the off and running. Balloons in the ranges north of us makes for a pleasant take off view. We fly over the dead pan we visited at Sossusvlei the other day. Much more spectacular from the sky. Then onto the coast. Fog, but then as we reach the coast it is clear. ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei July 30th 2018

Up early again, but this time by our choice. Fantastic sunrise to bookend last nights sunset. Opened the canvas walls,up and had a bedside view of the rising sun. Pretty special. Aah, the serenity....... Down for brekky then straight into the truck for our morning Safari. This time we weren’t hunting animals, more so the little bugs and flora and fauna. Along the way, however, a truck load of Oryx were again spotted. We were shown little beetles that were called Tikka Tikkas (or something like that - might have got a bit lost in the translation...). They scurry around the sand, the male chasing the female - hmm.... Also in the mix were dung beetles and the elusive trapdoor spider (still to see that one). We also learnt that Oryx poo is hard and in ... read more




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