Wonderful contact with interesting people

We’ve met so many new and interesting people, each with their stories to tell……

Red dunes at Kalahari Trails

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. 

Kirri and her offspring

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.


Sociable Weaver's nest

Our first night at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was at Twee Rivieren.


Cheetah near 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.


Picnic site on road 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!!!!


Waterhole 13 near Mata Mata

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!


Secretary birds at Waterhole 13

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.

Author: Ian & Solveig's Overland Adventures

Although we never achieved our original goal of reaching Norway overland through Africa, our experience was so unexpectedly rewarding that we've not been able to settled down again! So we added new destinations to our lust for adventure. We hope that you will join us in sharing new exciting places and encounters with the amazing people we meet along the way.

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