Good times in Namibia

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Oct 11, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello Everyone,

We are both alive and well and having a great time.  Sorry for the lack of entries but we had only one opportunity to get on the internet since our last posting but it was closed.

From Cape Town we drove up to the Orange River on the SA/Namibia boarder and camped on the river bank.  We drove through the Namaqua land which is famous for its flowers after the first rain of the spring but we got unlucky and it hadn't rained yet so no flowers. In the morning we did a 3 hour "canoe" ride down the river.  Since they didn't have enough boats, the 6 of us from our group that went got put into a raft which was much more fun than the little inflatable canoes the others had.

From the Orange River crossed into Namibia and drove through the desert to the Fish river canyon which is the second biggest in the world.  We got to watch the sun set at the canyon and our leaders surprised us with wine and cheese.

From the Fish River canyon we drove to Soussusflei on the edge of the Namib desert and the world tallest sand dunes.  We hike up one of the dunes early in the morning to watch the sunrise which was a little disappointing due to a little cloud cover but it was still good.  After the sunrise we went for a desert walk where our guide was able to show us a lot of cool stuff out in the desert.

Now for the really fun stuff, from Soussusflei we drove to Swakopmund which is famous for its adrenaline activities.  Within 30 minutes of showing up, we were on a van headed to the skydiving facility where both Gina and I jumped from 10000ft.  It was awesome!!  The next morning we went sandboarding, which is like snowboarding but on a giant sand dune.  Gina did the laydown boarding (like on a crazy carpet) where I tried the stand-up boarding.  I got a chance to try the laydown boarding too and hit speeds of 75kph at the bottom of the big dune.  The afternoon we went quading which we both agree was probably the best activity.  As per Phil's advice we both got the manual quads which were 2x the power of the automatics and flew (literally) around the sand dunes for a few hours.  I was following Gina and she must have gotten 6' of air off one of the jumps....

From Swakopmund we drove to Twyfelfontein to see some ancient rock carvings.  After that it was animal time.  We drove to Etosha national park, one of the best to see animals and spent 2 days doing game drives. The best part was sitting at the watering hole at night were we saw lions, elephants, black, white rhinos, giraffes and lots of other smaller game animals. Yesterday we drove to the Waterberg plateau, a cool little place were we did some hiking up to the top of the plateau. Today we are in Windhoek for one night and off to Botswana tomorrow.

Our truck is awesome, full of fantastic people and we are both having a blast.

Again internet may be doubtful for the next leg of our trip but I will try and post something when I get a chance.

André and Gina

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mamma#2 on

Good to hear from you and that you are having a good time.

mama on

So glad you are having a fantastic time and have ended up with a great group of people. Phil has a quad now waiting to go sand dune riding here!!?? He also wants to know how many Windhoek lagers you have had.!
Your are wild and adventurous and not missing a single thing here. Enjoy the next leg of your trip. Do and try everything you can (safely).

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