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Aug 13, 2019 - Noordoewer to Fish River Canyon

In the morning we canoed along the Orange River for a distance of 13km. It was still and beautiful. I was sharing a canoe with one of our local guides and he told me to put the paddle back in the canoe and take photos. Yay!!! Lucky me In the afternoon we drove another couple of hours to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. We did a short hike along part of the rim leading up to sunset

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Jul 14, 2012 - Day 178 to 180 - Ai-Ais Hot Springs

The fruitless search for the roof top tent cover had cost us dearly in time meaning we had to toe it to get to Fish River Canyon before the gates shut at sunset. We made it but only after emptying a jerry can of diesel into Fatboy 10 kms before we reached the camp. A tank of fuel lasts us 400 miles but at the cracking pace we'd done to get to Fish River in time, it lasted only 310 miles. Harry, our budding photo journalist, captured the moment of me holding a funnel fashioned from an empty water bottle with Jason pouring the contents of the...

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5 African Hornes

Jan 19, 2009 - Fish River Canyon

I try the National Art Gallery one more time; after being closed on Saturday and on Sunday, it should be open now on Monday, but unfortunately it is not and I decide to skip the Namibian art and move on to the Fish River Canyon for some natural art. Just outside Windhoek there is a permanent police checkpoint, one of several I have come across. The first one was on the road from Walvis Bay just outside Swakopmund. I was uncertain then about whether I had to stop or not. There were cars being checked on the other side, but on my side there...

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Feb 8, 2008 - Fish River Canyon

Today was canoeing on the Orange River. We had breakfast first and then got kitted out with life jackets and boarded the truck which was to take us to our starting point about 8km up river! The canoes were for two people and it was suggested the amateurs such as myself pair up with someone that knows what they are doing which made perfect sense to me! So after a quick safety briefing we paired up and got our canoes into the water! I went with Heiko who had canoed a couple of times before so that was perfect as he seemed fairly confident and...

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Bridget's Trip!

Sep 26, 2006 - Northern South Africa and Southern Namibia

Last Sunday, September 24, Laura and I started our 20-day overland tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Basically, this tour consists of a *lot* of driving in a truck fitted to hold 25 people and their luggage, lots of diesel, food and water for at least a week, tents, mats, and various other necessities. We prepare three meals a day out of the truck: cold breakfast, sandwiches/salad for lunch, and a hot dinner cooked over an open fire. And we camp almost every night in a campground, meaning that we sleep in a tent but have showers...

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Apr 5, 2006 - Sand-dunes at dawn, hot springs for lunch and canyons all round

Yesterday we got up at the crack of dawn - no, actually it was earlier than that, because by the time dawn broke we were approaching the top of a massive sand dune known as dune 45. It was quite a trek and race against time to get as high as possible to watch the sun-rise but was really lovely to see all the colours of the desert change and come alive. We have also been camping out alot more without tents and it's so much easier in the morning when you haven't got to worry about putting a tent away! It means you can have a slightly more...

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Oct 20, 2005 - Fish River Canyon

Weather: partly cloudy Landscape: sandstone and desert; the odd ostrich or two It's a short hop north to Ai-Ais, a 1970s camping/motel resort at the end of Fish River Canyon. There are scalding hot springs here, and a cooler, but still hot, swimming pool. The following day sees another short trip to the canyon side at Hobas, and another campsite with an opaque swimming pool. The landscape is becoming more imposing as we push into Namibia. It reminds me of the deserts of South-western USA, with scrubby desert and rocky canyons. There is...

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Aug 12, 2005 - Day 89-90 Fish River Canyon

From Luderitz we headed to Ai Ais hot springs and spent two days meandering about, Excellent cooking facilities in the camp ground and muffy and I enjoyed some pancakes on the road, she tried to take a photo of me cooking but as she was backing up went off the step landing on her side. Like a champ she held the camera up in the air, of course probably remembering the monkey incident where she threw it out the window. Very nice and relaxing place a huge pool full of hot spring water we floated and read for nearly three hours a very relaxing...

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Feb 16, 2005 - Orange River - Hobas (Fish River Canyon)

We started the day off with a 3 hr canoe ride down the Orange River in 2 man canoes. It was very relaxing. The sky was still overcast, which was perfect --couldn't have imagined doing this in yesterday's heat!!! We would have all been burnt to a crisp. The water was very warm, and the water fights were very refreshing. We all got pretty wet, but were pretty much dry by the end of the paddle. We saw a few really interesting birds, one of which is the African Snake Bird. Its neck is long and it swims with it's body submerged, with it's head...

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