Trip in 2006
Our holdiday to Namibia with Louis and Wilma started on the 13th September 2006. Our first night was spent at Klein Begin Lodge just across the border from South Africa into Namibia. The owners of the lodge, Otto and Martie Cloete, welcomed us and were quick to make us comfortable. The photos of the large Quiver trees were taken on their farm.
From Klein Begin our journey continued passed the Canon Road House to Hobas at the Fish River Canyon. We were joined by Lester, Caroline and the boys, Gavin, Garrett and Morne and camped here for three days. The Fish River Canyon was magnificent! The manager at the Canon Roadhouse was very friendly and their restaurant is definitely worth a vist, There are excellent opportunities for photographing ancient old vehicles stranded in the sand.
We shared our campsite with a German tourist, Dietmar Obert, who was touring Africa on a motorbike. Great stories were shared around the campfire, email addresses were exchanged and with the promise of keeping in contact we departed for our next destination.
We travelled via Noordoewer along the Orange River to Klein Aus Vista outside Aus. The scenery along the Orange River was breathtaking.
From Klein Aus Vista, we did day trips to Luderitz. This took us past the famous Wild Horses of the Namib. We were fortunate to see them on two occasions and quite a bit of time were spent observing and photographing these magnificent animals.
A visit to the ghost mining town of Kolmanskop was not to be missed. I wonder how many photographs have been taken of this Ghost Town? On our way back we ended up in a sand storm and was fortunate not to have had our vehicles sandblasted.
Duwisib Castle was also one of the stops enroute to Sossus Vlei. On the day of our visit to Sesriem Canyon a South African couple got married on the famous Dune 45. We climbed one of the dunes and out of 7 people, only Andre, Morne and Gavin ended up victorious.
We camped at Hammerstein Rest Camp for three days before departing for Swakopmund.
This is what the boys were waiting for and was in seventh heaven riding up and down the dunes on the Quads. Not to be outdone, Lester and Lous joined in the fun while Andre preferred to drive the Prado on the dunes. It was definitely worth towing the Quads all the way to Swakopmund, a journey the boys would love to undertake again.
We said goodbye to Lester, Caroline and the boys and we continued on our journey to Etosha.
We camped at Halali, spent a fair bit of time at the waterholes. saw plenty game, visited Fort Namutoni and Okakeujo.
After spending three weeks in Namibia, we were sad to leave Etosha and take the long journey home.
Namibia is defintely on our list to be visited again. There is lot more to discover and photograph in this beautiful country.