Stopping at a small village called Solitaire!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 15 - morning

Day 8 - Northern Experience Tour
         -  25 Celsius, blue cloudless sky, hot

In the early hours of the morning my African journey continued as we kept on travelling in this Namibian rugged land on deserted countryside dirt roads.  While everything rattled and shook inside Mhondoro, I stayed glued to the road in front of me never getting bored by the beauty of the land.

Oryxes and springboks ran wildly in the open field, a constant reminder that we were in Africa.  Some even crossed the road a mere 10 meters in front of us making everyone gasp excitedly and loudly.   While some of you might say that it didn't take much to excite us, well….you’re absolutely right!  Hehehe!  But you have to remember, how often does this happens back home!   Hmmmm!   Unless, of course, you get hit by a deer!

I had the best seat in Mhondoro today since it was our turn to sit in the first row right behind the driver on the right side of the vehicle!   Nothing blocked my views plus I could move freely in the aisle right next to me and constantly take pictures of the road in front of Mhondoro while Michel sat in the window seat!      

In the horizon, the mountains shadow produced by the sunrise appeared amazingly dark blue while the road we travelled on gave us the impression of leading directly and ceaselessly into them!    

Two hours later, we’d arrived in a small place called Solitaire in central Namibia!   With a name like that, it could only mean two things I said to Michel….solitude and loneliness!  

However, I was in for a surprise since this little village featuring the only gas station, post office and bakery in between Namib-Naukluft Park and Walvis Bay where we were heading was….believe it or not…..a common stop-over for tourists. 

According to Alex, the bakery shop made the best apple crumble in the country!   So, without any hesitations…..of course….I had to try it out.   And yes, as promised, it lived to its reputation and succeeded in filling me up as Michel and I ate our piece on wooden tables outside on the patio terrace.      

Little yellow birds, the African Golden Oriole flew out of nowhere waiting for crumbs to fall down on the ground so they could eat.   Rest assure, they didn’t have to wait very long since Michel kept feeding them his share of the apple crumble!

That was my cue to leave and decided to walk around the place to see what more I could discover and see!   Big black crows watched me from the top of dead scorched trees while I took pictures of them.  The sky was a beautiful deep blue set against the rugged landscape but even though the area was nice, the solitude of the place could be felt!  

After all, we were in the middle of nowhere in a small village where probably only a handful of people lived!  But I do have to admit, the place definitely had its charm!  Wouldn’t say I’d live here though! 

An African ground squirrel came out of nowhere and stood cautiously while looking at Michel not knowing what to expect of him!   The little furry animal quickly gained Michel’s trust as he was fed with all of my candy coated peanuts!   Groannnn!  

Half an hour later, we were back inside the vehicle and on the road once more but this time around, bellies full of apple crumble and Mhondoro, tanks full of gasoline!

Monique   :-)

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Patrick on

Nice pictures into the wild... Was that an African squirl ??? it looked dangerous... :)

momentsintime on

Hello Patrick,
Yes, it was an African ground squirrel. They are very sociable little creatures

Sabrina on

Wow did you see the fur on the squirrel's tail!! He looked kind of hungry...

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