Walvis Bay

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We left Windhoek thinking we would not see civilization again.  Were we in for a surprise! 
Firstly, the road to Walvis Bay is full of surprises itself.  We kept climbing still and reached a plato but at a height of 1700 m for a long distance.
We saw this amazing empty old house and Von Francois Fort.  After this the decent started.  We followed a narrow pass (forgot the name) with spectacular views.  At the end of the pass we were at about 800 m above sea level.  We entered an area with lots of game.  See picture of baby gemsbok. In this section one could clearly see where the game was kept behind fences with limited grass to feed on. One side of the fence had no grass left (over graced) and the other side long grass.  They had Blue Wild Beasts, Gemsbok (Oryx) and Springbok.

Parts of the road had huge granite rock mountains.  The photo's hardly do justice to the size.  We had fun finding shapes in the rocks.

We entered the National park - by this time there was hardly any vegetation or anything else.  The countryside was flat and the road straight.  The last 70 km felt like 200 km.  Largely due to the fact that there was no cell reception and we had a date to speak to Layla on Skype at 5h30, as well as the monotonous stretch of road. 

Vogelferderberg is about the only "mountain" in the are.  It was getting dark by now and we were more than pleased to see Walvis' lights in the distance.  We opted out of the camping scene as the overnight rooms cost just the same as the camping.  So nice just to drop into a room rather than setting up camp. Specially seeing that it was cold and dark.

Walvis is BEAUTIFUL, modern, fast growing and has all the shops you need.  One thing though, when the wind blows in the wrong direction - OH BOY! it smells.  A proper Fishing Town.

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