Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sesriem to Seeheim: the S's of Namibia

My tour of S towns in Nambia continued on the afternoon of 07 March.  Having seen Swakopmund,  Solitaire,  Sesriem I was about to visit Seeheim.

After the dune breakfast the plan was to chill at the campsite, have a braai, a dip in the pool and (as ever) catch up on emails.  However by mid morning we realised that the weather was on a repeat cycle from yesterday with the wind already picking up.  So the afternoon plans looked to be more like sitting in the bar with our Macs watching the sand blow past.  We had an uber long drive planned for the next day and decided, stuff this, let's move on.  450 km today and 550 km on the Wednesday sounded so much more sensible.  So we did an uber quick break of camp, threw everything in the bakkie and headed of.

We didn't get far as we stopped at Sesreim filling station to re-fuel.  As we did we bumped into some other campers with whom we'd chatted in the bar the night before.  Anya (German) and her friend (name never found out but he was Namibian) were hitch-hiking around Namibia and their promised lift was 3 hours late: they were stuck at the petrol station.  So we offered them a lift.  A quick re-pack of the car, threw most of the stuff into the back, and we had company.  What fun.

And we're off.
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We drove down the Gurib Valley.  Martin was amazed at how green it looked.
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The mesas were amazing.
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So we stopped to have a better look.
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Back on the road.
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We dropped Anya and her friend at Maltahohe, grabbed a quick coffee and then we were off. Again.

Lots of ground water.  Very unusual for this area.
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A very typical African day with the heat building up into a huge storm mid afternoon.
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Trundle trundle.
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A blurry Fish River (sorry!).
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And we rolled into Seeheim 20 minutes before they stopped serving food.  Perfect.

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