A dingo stole my baby!! hang on i mean a ...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Thursday, August 1, 2002

A dingo stole my baby!!
Hang on I mean a jackal stole my sandals!!!

Yes that is right I am the poor victim of a crime that brings back awful memories each time I dare to tell of the story - but for the purpose of my journal I thought I could go through it once more.

We had driven all day and finally reached our destination at Etoscha National Park - this National Park not only contains all of the Africa's wildest aniamals but holds name to one of the most amazing settings - a complete floodlight waterhole. This means that the animals come to you - all day and all night. 3 massive flood lights show up the natural waterhole where you see all types of animals (zebra, hippos, rhinos, gemsbok etc). This partiuclar night we were very lucky to see a heard of Elephants (approx 25-30) including some baby elephants only 6 weeks old. It is amazing to watch these giants play so gracefully with one another - that same night we saw a lion attempt an attack on a springbok - only to fail - to the disappointment of the fellow campers. Have to admit it does give that Zoo like feeling, but you have to remind your self that you are watching nature as it happens..

Anyway back to this hidious crime - that night after a few beers and great meal I headed to my tent - normal routine of getting my therma rest and sleeping bag and setting it up and hoping into the tent to a another comfy nights sleep. That night I was a woken to what was believed to be animals scavanging throught rubbish bins and I did giggle to myself that it was pretty silly not to cover up the bins. As I awake to another crisp morning I reached out to the area between my fly and tent to collect my sandals and to my suprise my sandals where not there - oh I must have put them in my tent I thought naively... not there. So dazed and confused I get out and find my sandals approx 30 metres away from my tent - SHREDDED!! Yes the stupid Jackals had grabbed my sandals in between my fly and tent and had a field day ripping them apart - they may as well unzipped my tent, come into my tent and slapped me around! Have to admit I did have a laugh about it - but if anyone cares I am all ok and will live to tell another story or so....

Well here I am at Swakopmund - which is a town with a German influence. Have just come from Spitterock which is the equivalant of Australia's Ayres Rock. A huge rock sculpture in the middle of the dessert. The whole Namibia desserts are amazing - everything changes as we drive along (even though I sleep alot of it - have to get rid of my hangovers somehow). Whilst at Spitterock we had huge gusts of winds of about 70Km per hour - here I am sleeping away and at 4am my tent pegs get blown out - and the tent ends up flapping on my head for 3 hours - do you think I was going to get out and fix it - NOPE! Trying to fold the tent up the next day was interesting.

The other day we spent a day and night at the Cheetah camp - this is where they collect Cheetahs who have killed live stock and would normally be shot. Amazing place - they have 4 tame cheetahs that you can socialise with - what I mean by that is that you walk up to the cheetah shitting your pants and have a pat of the animal and pretend you are enjoying it - only joking amazing to get that close to these animals and fast - I think collingwood could do with a little bit of this kinda speed on the field (go pies). We were then taken to the 200 hectres of space and fed the wild ones - got some amazing photos hopefully. It is breath taking seeing out of no where 6 cheetahs come out of the scrub and then see them fight over a piece of meat - I was not planning to fall off the truck that particular day!

Have been in Nambia for about 4 days now and one of the highlights was the other night where I slept in the open in a bamboo thatch shelter - woke up to seeing sunrise, a huge red sphere of wow! - cannot explain in words how this makes a great start to the day! On a health update have been a bit crook the last couple of days. What makes it worse is that you think it is just a stomach bug but you start to look through the travel books in the health section and by the end of the chapter you have decided you have Malaria, Denge Fever, Yellow Fever, the Flu, Sunburn, etc etc - someone just shoot me!. Appears to be a stomach bug - so I had to make a sacrafice and get of the piss for a night - I know some things just should not stop but I guess I had to make the sacarafice.

Thank you for everyone emailing me - enjoy hearing from what is happening at home. Heading off tomorrow riding Quad Bikes through the dunes of Nambia and then some sandboarding (lying down style) - time for some real fun! Until next time - Catch Ya or as the Africans say - Bye! (thought it was going to be something exoctic didn't you)!
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