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Trip The Green Namibia The Green Namibia 15.03.2008 - 29.03.2008   It was in spring 2008, when a friend of mine and me went on a two weeks trip to... Patrick Hartmann (CH) Rico Pfiffner (CH)
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The Green Namibia

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It was in spring 2008, when a friend of mine and me went on a two weeks trip to explore Namibia.

Started in Cape Town, we headed north along the Western Cape up to Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia. We couldn't go any further, because of the heavy flooding they had in early 2008.

But nevertheless, it was a trip full of 4x4 routes, river crossing, light traffic roads and all that, amidst an impressive scenery you have never seen before.
I’m sure, you’ll never think of Namibia, when you look at the pictures I took!

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  • 15Mar 2008

    1 On the way to Namibia 15.03.2008 Südafrika —

    Springbok, Springbok, Südafrika

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    After one week in Cape Town, full of sightseeing, we took our 4x4 Nissan rental car with roof tent and headed to Namibia. Close to the border, but still in South Africa, we stopped for the first adventure, the |Ai-|Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

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  • 16Mar 2008

    2 |Ai-|Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park 16.03.2008 Südafrika —

    Südafrika

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    The Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is definitely a must, for every big boy with a 4x4 car! It was our first experience in driving a 4x4 in such a terrain, using “low range” nearly all the time, and that was so much fun!

    Another good thing is that it’s just you and your car out there, nobody else! We only saw about four other cars in one and a half day we were there! But that also means, that you need a good 4x4 car, and I would say “low range” is also a must.

    A big advantage is that in 2007, a couple of months before we got there, the new border crossing at Sendelingsdrift opened. So just take the ferry, cross the Orange River, drive a couple of meters and you are in Namibia!

    So if you have the time, and the necessary car, go there and you won’t regret it!

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  • 17Mar 2008

    3 Welcome to Namibia 17.03.2008 Namibia —

    Ausweiche, Namibia

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    After crossing the Orange River at Sendelingsdrift, we arrived at the Namibian border at about 12:30 pm, as the first ones on this day! So that underlines, that there is really not much going on in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. After the paperwork was done, we originally wanted to go to the Fish River Canyon, but unfortunately the road was still closed, due to the heavy rain they had, as I mentioned earlier.

    So we headed straight up to the dunes at Sossusvlei, with an overnight stop in Ausweiche.

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  • 19Mar 2008

    4 Sossusvlei 19.03.2008 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    Our campsite for this night was right at the gate to the Sossusvlei. You have to book it in advance, but you get the advantage that you are allowed to enter the park one hour earlier than all the rest. So this morning, we really had to get up early, because we wanted to be one of the first one at the dunes and catch the sunrise!

    And we made it! The ride from the gate to the dunes took us approximately one hour. But this was only possible, because of the early time. If there is traffic, or you take the speed limit seriously, you probably need twice the time.

    If you want to drive closer to the Dead Vlei, you need a 4x4 car, otherwise you won't be able to pass the sandy roads!

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  • 19Mar 2008

    5 Dead Vlei 19.03.2008 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    Not much to say. The Dead Vlei is definitely a must, when you are in this area.
    If the weather is nice, and I think most of the time it is, it's not that difficult to get good pictures :)

    So it is really worth it, to walk there. But because you are in the desert, I'd prefer to go early in the morning.
    And if you do that, you can in addition watch the sunrise on top of a dune. Isn't that a good start to your day?

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  • 19Mar 2008

    6 Heading to Swakopmund 19.03.2008 Namibia —

    Namibia

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    As I told you earlier, there is not much going on on the roads in Namibia. But of course, this is exactly what you want, when you go there.

    The scenery on this part of our trip was again amazing. Because of the rain, every couple of kilometers we saw a completely different countryside.

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  • 20Mar 2008

    7 Swakopmund 20.03.2008 Namibia —

    Center, Swakopmund, Namibia

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    After five days without civilization, we were pleased to be in Swakopmund. You might think, why that? I can give you one good reason: a food store with fresh meat! :)

    When you drive in such lonely areas, and sometimes on weekends, it's hard to find a food store with fresh meat. Most of the stores, the only have frozen meat, if they have meat.
    We talked with store owner and they told us, that they get it once a week, so if you have bad luck, they don't even have frozen meat. We once bought frozen meat, but it was as touth as old boots!

    Swakopmund itself offers different activities. You can go quad biking in the sand dunes, skydiving, visit the museum or aquarium and much more.

    Swakopmund is a manageable city with german influences and a pleasant climate. So it's definitely worth a visit, when you are nearby.

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  • 21Mar 2008

    8 Damaraland 21.03.2008 Namibia —

    Namibia

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  • 22Mar 2008

    9 Destination Kaokoland 22.03.2008 Namibia —

    Sesfontein, Namibia

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  • 23Mar 2008

    10 The way to Etosha 23.03.2008 Namibia —

    Outjo, Namibia

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  • 24Mar 2008

    11 Etosha National Park 24.03.2008 Namibia —

    Namibia

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  • 28Mar 2008

    12 Windhoek 28.03.2008 Namibia —

    Railway Area, Windhoek, Namibia

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