Ok so you’re all wondering where we’ve disappeared to…. (or maybe you’re not). We have gone a few days without posting, not because we have lost enthusiasm or haven’t been having amazing experiences. But the further north we have gone in Namibia, the worse the wifi service has become. And cell networks seem completely inaccessible. But we have now headed back south, and as of March 25th we are staying at a lodge near Okahandja, not far from the capital city Windhoek. And wifi here seems excellent (and free). Other places in the last few days have varied from wifi that would work erratically and slowly to those that simply refused to let us connect at all. It is hard to see grown men experiencing withdrawal symptoms from missing hourly updates on Brexit and the Mueller report. But some things must be endured…
March 25th: Etosha to Okahandja Lodge
Today was an uneventful ride on paved road of about 330 km, with more traffic than seen elsewhere in Namibia. But a surprising amount of wildlife bordering the highway: warthogs (cute in an ugly sort of way, especially the babies), wildebeest, and a flock of Marabou storks. These three creatures are all members of the so-called “ugly five”, but in our opinion have their own attractions.
There was a magnificent aspect as we rose to a peak as we approached the Namibia Escarpment, bush stretching out as far as the eye could see. And finally arriving at the lovely lodge with real wifi and real beer!
March 24th: Etosha National Park (Don)
Today was a much anticipated visit to Etosha National Park, famous for wildlife. And it did not disappoint. We were up at the crack of dawn to meet our guide Joseph. We headed into the park, and soon saw the benefit of the early start when we got to the first waterhole just inside the park. A few springboks were sipping delicately at the hole, but soon moved away in alarm. Why? Stalking slowly out of the bush came eight magnificent lionesses. Nobody else drinks while they do. (Pictures will come later).
Joseph drove us from one waterhole to another, and was wonderfully knowledgeable about all the animals. I won’t add any more text to describe, as the pictures show it all.
Allen writing about our ride From Uis (Brandberg Mountain) to Etosha National Park, March 23rd
March 22nd: Morrie’s impressions of the day, Skopupmund to Brandberg Mountain (Uis).
We started the day with a leisurely morning after another long and dusty ride the previous day. Making camp in Uis at Camp Brandberg. Having the morning to attend to things like laundry and a trip to Morrie’s barbershop for Allen…
Then we were off to Brandberg Mountain, a holy place for the local indigenous people for millennia. It is the sight of over 50,000 discovered petroglyphs. The most famous is one called the White Lady. We hired a local guide to lead us to the site about an hour’s hike in. It was worth the hike as the attached photos will attest to.
Two eras of petroglyphs were visible at the site. The monochromatic ones date to about 6,000 years ago and the polychromatic ones are about 2,000 years old, and represent the end of the petroglyphic period in this area. On the hike out we were entertained by Seth our guide about the local flora and fauna. Exhibit A being the damage done by grazing elephants, below.
It was then back to camp for a well deserved beer and dinner, then early to bed. Once we got Gary out of jail….an hilarious or stressful end to our day (depending on your point of view)!