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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Next morning we got going slightly later but still made good time. Sesfontein was next (via Anabeb) as we had to have the tyre repaired.  But first we stopped at Camel Top Camp Site just outside Sesfontein.  Carlos had this marked as a possible stay over point.  We met the owner and he was proud to show us the camp. (see photos) What do you think of the ablutions?

Sesfontein is not much bigger than Mooinooi.  Actually – Mooinooi is bigger than Sesfontein by far.  Besides Himba tours, Desert Elephant tours, camping and tyre repairs, there is not much. They do however have a petrol pump at the Sesfontein Fort Hotel.  Having filled up we went looking for a tyre repair shop.  There were lots of signs advertising tyre repair but we were told to use the first guys just next to the turnoff to the fort.  Apparently he was the best for price.  Carlos spoke to who presented himself as the tyre fixer.  He said it would cost $100 N dollar + the patch.  After agreeing on the price Carlos was told to stop under the tree opposite the road. Another chap ran to buy the patch that was needed.  When he came back, Carlos soon realized that he was in fact the man for the job and that it was his business.  When Carlos wanted to pay, he confirmed the price.  The chap said $80 N dollar.  So the friend wanted to make a quick $20 N dollar of his friends business. 

With that done, we were on our way again.  We had been told that Opuwo, where we were going, was a big town that had "everything".  Taking this with a pinch of salt, we were eager to see what Opuwo had to offer.  As it turns out, Opowo is definitively the biggest town in the area by far. It is a real metropolis with all the standard shops and more.  A huge variety of cultures mix seems to co-exist here.  Town is a buzz of activity.  A rather surreal sight to see modern and traditional people mingling on the street, almost as if the time machine got muddled up somehow.

To our great relief the camp where we planned on staying was on top of a hill toward the back of Opuwo. We were not ready to become part of the mix just yet. Opuwo Hotel / Lodge is beautiful, a place where money obviously talks.  When asked, we were told that a room for the two of us would cost $2 000 N Dollar per night.  Needles to say we camped.  Not shabby either.  Great ablutions, grass to pitch your tent on, clean water and a beautiful view of the valley below. 

Awakened early in the morning by the giggles and chatter of 3 young girls.  We managed to be out of there by 8 am Namibian time.  That is after a cold shower because the girls were in there before us. We got 2 last items from the Spar and set off for Van Zyl's Pass.
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