Recorded on January 29th, 2015
Namibia part 1.
After a nice, sandy/gravel road drive to Ruacana Falls ( its now a hydro-electric plant, so the falls no longer flood), I made my way down to Etosha National Park..
Etosha is one of the planet’s special places. Its topography is incredible. Game viewing becomes secondary, and I defy anyone, who spends proper time in Etosha, to not leave part of their heart behind.
Too many (nearly all Park officials and GP plates) race through the park, missing its hidden assets. Fools, who should really go elsewhere, as they do not realise how fragile the system is.
Fantastic staff at the newly opened Galton gate, looked after Laica (as no pets are allowed in Namibian parks), whilst I drove the fantastic western section. Teeming with animals, as it was nowhwere near as wet as the east. Dankie to Boesman, who kindly looked after Laica , for two days, at his lodge, whilst I did the central and eastern section days later.
An incredible experience.
Damaraland then came a calling, and we hit the road again. A mountainous region, which straddles the centre of Namibia, towards the coast.
Beautiful rock formations, petrified trees ( called a petrified forest, but since the trees were washed down from Zambia 200 centuries ago, a ‘forest’ seems to be a bit misnomer)
Long hot drives, on perfect gravel roads, which included a 4 hour ‘stuck in the mud’ with the Kaplan’s from Germany, where both of their rescue vehicles, me included, got bogged in horrible glue-like sinking mud.
Down the Skeleton Coast National Park (The entire coast is national park, one of the few in the world, if not only), which is eerily stunning, desolate, remote, but so enthralling.
Cape cross seal colony, to see the thousands of seals, either frolicking in the waves, or grabbing 40 winks on the beach. The stench is putrid, almost acidic.
Great salt roads, lead all the way to Henties Bay ( A fishing village…..but not somewhere I’d choose to live), and then onto Swakopmund, a treasure of a town. It has grown a lot, but still takes an hour to circumnavigate the Germanic old town. Gorgeous, in a word.