2012 Africa

Namibia Part 1

IMG_4411After the border crossing between Botswana and Namibia I can’t really remember much of the road until we hit Rundu which was nothing special either except that it was a town. Continuing a bit southwest we would soon come upon Grootfontain and a hour driving or so outside we visited the Hoba Meteorite which is the largest known meteorite on earth.

After the meteorite we aimed for Etosha National Park, the last chance for us to see lions on this leg of the trip. When we got there we set camp a couple of kilometers from the entrance so that we could enter the park the first thing in the morning. The sunset was amazing this night.

The following morning we entered the park and asked the rangers about the lions. They said that the lions had taken a zebra this morning and that they now probably hid somewhere so chances to see them are probably very small. A little bit discouraged by this we went on on this safari. We saw plenty of animals in the early morning light and after a couple of hours driving we saw the carcass of a zebra surrounded by vultures. I guess that was the one the lions had taken earlier in the morning then.

And then, over a small hill crest and around a bend there they were! The lions! And plenty of them. I think we counted to 7 lionesses and a couple of cubs. While we sat there in the cars just admiring these majestic cats something happened in the bushes to our left. One single male lion emerged. All the lionesses walked up to him and saluted him, it was a quite fantastic sight!

The lions walked just around the cars, some of them were so close so we could have patted them if we would dare stretch out our arms, but that would probably be quite foolish. We continued through the park and finally we got to see some wildebeest in a herd as well. We also came upon a dried out lake and drove out to the viewpoint which was pretty cool. After exiting the national park it was time to find some place for a bush camp.

Twyfelfontain or /Ui-//aes as it’s called on the local language (click language) is Namibia’s first world heritage site. It contains petroglyphs or rock carvings that is supposed to be up to 6000 years old and made by the hunter/gatherer people who lived here. A really magnificent place and if you take the guided tour you get some extra value for your money if you can persuade the guides to talk some click language.

IMG_4939The next day our journey towards the Skeleton Coast started. This would lead us through massive parts of wasteland which was one of the coolest parts of the entire trip. Generally I think Namibia had the most amazing nature and experiences even though I’d say the entire trip itself was an ultimate experience in itself. And then, the Skeleton Coast which is more or less the whole coast from the north of Namibia down to Swakopmund. We spent a whole day just driving around in the Skeleton Coast National Park and looked at various things. Some stranded ships, some deserted mines, an old oil rig and so on. II also took the chance of dipping my toes in the Atlantic Ocean but that was a very unpleasant experience since the water was ice cold!

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