We’ve met so many new and interesting people, each with their stories to tell……
The owner of Kalahari Trails, a private game lodge and campsite, Professor Anne Rasa, a native of Wales, fell passionately in love with the Kalahari and moved here to head up a research program on meerkats at Twee Rivieren.
Recently Kirri, pictured here with her offspring and Andre, was in the news. Read about it at http://www.kalaharitrails.co.za. if you want to find out more.
Our first night at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was at Twee Rivieren.
We especially enjoyed the swimming pool at Twee Rivieren. It was so hot!!! We stayed there two nights before moving on to Nossob.
Nossob is a wilder camp than Twee Rivieren and we had Squirrels and Mongoose in our camp. We met so many interesting people in the swimming pool again and heard all about their game spotting for the day. The world is certainly a small place…. While chatting to a couple from the Land Rover club in Cape Town he introduced himself as David Pike. A good friend of mine in Cape Town, Norman Bamberger, had a half brother by that name. We got my first dog, Laddie, a Wire Head terrier from the Pikes in Somerset West. The same!!!!
We met a lovely couple, Roger and Julia Brown, at Mata Mata. He’s a British Pro golfer and manages a club in Hamburg Germany. Each year when the season closes they come to Africa and travel overland for two months.
We sat under the shelter of our awning during a frightening thunderstorm, watching other campers having their tents flooded. The Brown’s spent the night sleeping upright in the front seats of their car as if they were on a plane. Solveig met Julia the next morning at the wash line hanging out her duvets to dry. She said they were very envious of us the night before!
After entering Namibia on 17th February at Mata Mata we drove through the beautiful red dune Kalahari to Mariental. Our landlord for the night at la Vida Inn and campsite, Gert van Zyl, came out in another unbelievable thunderstorm to invite us to stay the night indoors for free as he was so concerned for us. We were very comfortable in our car and under our awning and declined the offer. What a generous offer! His price was also the cheapest we’d had on our entire trip!
In Windhoek at the Arebbusch resort we discovered that our extra water tank was leaking. We only had it fitted at Africa Offroad a few months ago. This angered us as we’d spent a lot of money having a “professional” job done! It had to have specialist welding done to repair it. Fortunately we were in Windhoek.
We met a French couple from Dijon also driving a Patrol. They’d shipped their car to Djibouti a few years back and were doing the same as Sue and Pieter: drive for two or three months each year, store the car and return home, continue the following year to explore a few more countries. What a great way to see any continent if you don’t have the time to do it all at once.
We stopped at Okahanja to buy biltong and vacuum packed meat at Closwa. The meat is so much cheaper than anywhere we’ve bought from for months. Juicy and tender too! While talking prices, fuel is a lot cheaper in Namibia than South Africa too.