|Breakfast at Chameleon kitchen again before our pre-arranged taxi comes to take us to Bobo Campers almost back to the airport.
At Bobo's we meet Wil and her husband, a Dutch couple now living in Namibia running the rental company here although South Africa is the base for Bobo's Camper rentals. She, very thoroughly, went over the contract with us and he went over the operations of the motor home. Two hours later, at around noon, we were ready to roll. With a reminder to Al to stay on the left side of the road he maneuvered the diesel motor home for six out of the lot convincingly. Elaine did a wonderful job of navigating us out of Windhoek while and Dick and I sat comfortably in the back at a table.
Once out of town, our first stop to get stocked up with two days worth of groceries was in the town of Okahandje seventy km north of Windhoek. We are spending the next two days at Waterberg Plateau where we will have no access to groceries or drinking water.
On the road again we stop at a road side rest stop for a bite of lunch before continuing. Animals noticed along the highway are baboons and warthogs which in the beginning were a highlight but soon became part of the usual scenery. Speed limit signs read 120km per hour! Do they think they are on the autobahn in Germany? Al had to keep speeds to 100 as part of the contract for rental. The roads, even though paved, are not that smooth, have no shoulder and are very narrow. Oncoming vehicles zip by as we continuously see signs warning us of warthog crossings. At 120km there is no way you could avoid hitting them. The main highway to Waterberg was the B 1. Eventually we had to turn off onto the narrow, gravel C22 secondary road which then led to D2512 which is gravel and parts of it like a washboard. As the motor home rattled and shook I remembered something about our contract to say we wouldn't take "D" roads. Hold on to your fillings everyone! We will have to check that clause later. Because we had a pre-booked booked campsite at Waterberg Al took the road real slow, driving where he thought the road looked more smooth. The huge plateau in the distance provided a spectacular view and became more impressive as we drew closer.
Upon arrival we are assigned to Anderson Camp #8. This unmarked trail seemed like an F road to us as the motor home barely made it through the narrow soft sand trail to the site. Many large dips caused Al to wonder about our clearance. Slowly we made it to the assigned site. We were the only motor home and received some curious stares as we moved along. Not sure we should have a motor home in here.
Once on our campsite we quickly set up to cook our dinner. The toilet and shower facilities look clean with solar heating for the shower. Our first "camping" day a successful one. OK, I have to admit a motor home does not constitute camping in my books. This one has a toilet and shower as well as a microwave. Oh yes, did I mention the air-conditioning?