Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Namibia  , Kunene,
Monday, July 2, 2012

Knowing that this will be a long trek (in terms of time), we got going early. We were warned that the road is narrow at times and if we wanted to avoid running into oncoming traffic in a difficult spot we had to get going early.  The camp at Enyandi is the half way point for most travelers coming from and going to Ruacana.

Dowwe Dolla indicated at the onset that this was a "rough and slow" road.  We took it easy.  There were stages that were rough but nothing in comparison with the Mini van Zyl leg.  To our good fortune we came across the oncoming traffic at all the right spots, easy to pass.

The road follows the Kunene quite closely.  Besides a couple of rafting spots the only other signs of people were the Himba villages and their livestock.  The Kunene is wide and flows strong.  It makes for small rapids and islands in the river.  The interesting thing is that the Kunene's water is a green blue colour, not like the rivers in SA that are mostly brown.  It is appealing to the eye and with a soothing result on the body. On the other side is Angola.  Every once in a while one would see a Himba on the Angolan side but nothing in terms of development or even holiday destinations.

We made good time and arrived to Enyandi early afternoon.  Nice change.  The camp is basically just a “fenced” area under Macalani Palms on the banks of the Kunene.  Martin, a Himba, runs it for the community.  He speaks English which made it easy to communicate.  A notice on the big tree reads “$45 per person with woods included”.  Because of the floods last year, there was no such thing as ablutions.  We took the prime spot with a view “to die for doll”.  Bliss was ours for all of hours.  Then the traffic started pulling in from the Ruacana side. 4 vehicles with 4 children in each. Silence was not to be ours again.  Seriously, we did not mind.  It was nice to hear the kids play and laugh.  The boys got going with fishing in the river.  Not long after they started catching one fish after another.  This went on till about 9 pm.  It has been an eye opener for us to see just how many campers come to remote areas with their children.  Some just babies.  Just shows that it can be done.  I can’t help but wonder how they keep them all occupied for all those long hours in the car.  On this leg they probably all had to help pack rocks to make the road.  LOL

Next morning we were on our way first as the longer, more hectic part of the trip to Ruacana laid ahead for us today.  At least it was down hill, or so they said.
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