How not to organise an overland trip

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Scheduled for a 10am departure to make the sand dunes of Soussuvlei for sunset. We arrived at the truck to be told we were delayed until 11:30. Patrick said they needed to fix a tyre, Moses said they were waiting for some money from then bank! As always Patrick muttered his favourite words - flexi flexi! Why they hadn't been able to do this in the last 2 days was beyond me. They owed Liam 1600 rand they had borrowed off him in Etosha when they ran out of money and it turns out this was what they were waiting for. The shredded tyre, that really did need fixing, wasn't getting fixed at this point either, I think the Overland Club thought it would be cheaper to wait until they got back to Tanzania!

In the end it was 1:30 before we left, due to general ineptitude it looked like we wouldn't make it to Namibia's top tourist attraction that evening!

We went the first 30km down the coast to Walvis Bay, this place was occupied by the South African's right up until 1994 as it was the only decent port on the way from Cape Town to Luanda in Angola. The whole drive down had 100m sand dunes to the left and the Atlantic Ocean to the right.

At Walvis Bay, which apparently was where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were staying, we took a turn inland to the east and started heading passed some of the most spectacular scenery I'd seen on my whole trip. It was plains of bright yellow grass, clear blue skies and mountains on the horizon. The grassland was also full with Springbok and Ostrich.

Eventually we entered some rolling hills, again covered with yellow grass. Unfortunately, no time to stop as we were still racing in the hope we'd make the sand dune of Soussuvlei. Of course we never did make it.

I gave Patrick a mouthful at camp. His reply was it wasn't this problem, he was only the driver and I would have to take it up with the head office. Went top bed in a bad mood that evening.
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