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Aug 1, 2011 - Going North in a Van With 14 People...

Now that I am finally in Namibia I can stop talking about all my travel issues and start telling you about the country, right? Wrong. Because of our flight delays we had only one night in the CGE guesthouse in Windhoek before we headed out, bright and early for the norther part of the country. From one six hour flight to one seven hour road trip. I can report that our guesthouse in Windhoek is wonderful and cozy and that the people who work there are incredibly nice and accommodating. The showers are hot and the beds clean and warm. From...

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Namibia 2011

Dec 25, 2010 - Waterberg Plateau \ Windhoek

Off to Waterberg Plateau Game park, another beautiful awe inspiring place, but now the landscape has changed to green, climbed to the top of the plateau, WOW !! Almost getting used to seeing multiple wildlife on the side of the road, zebra, Giraffe,springbok, Warthogs and wildebeest etc, awesome. Stayed at the Safari Hotel where we had a big Xmas feast, Xmas eve party was the best though, played a game around the campfire where you had to transfer a balloon from your neck and knees to the next person without using your hands,...

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Dec 1, 2010 - In the desert

In the desert From the lush Okavango we have arrived in the hot Namibian desert. It took hours of driving along gravel roads, breakfasts and lunches on the roadside and visits to the ever so comfortable bush toilet. But so far, it has been worth it. Despite all the sand (and there is lots of it…), Namibia has offered relatively versatile landscapes that have been a pleasure to drive through. The most impressive has undoubtedly been the endless desert. As a journalist for the Guardian once said about the Skeleton Coast “if Hell was a place...

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Notes from the road

Aug 19, 2010 - Namibia Part 2

Hey everyone! I arrived in Windhoek this noon. After leaving Swakopmund on Sunday, we drove through the Damaraland (Damaras are local people) to Twyfelfontein. There we made a walk to see the rock engravings. They are up to 6000 years old. People engraved animals and maps for educational and ritual purposes. Some of them are very beautiful and well preserved. Monday and Tuesday we spent in the Etosha National Park. We made some game drives and saw lots of animals, among them black and white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, oryx,...

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Southern Africa

Jun 20, 2010 - Soussevslei, Namibia

Soussevslei The magnificent sand-dunes were as beautiful as the photos. We spent the day hiking around the Dead Svlei dunes in the early morning light... We still made it there fairly early, despite our 4am flat-tire (with a jack for a Toyota Corolla in our rented 4x4 truck). Made for an eventful day!

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May 17, 2010 - route dag 20b Okahandja - Windhoek

Waterberg - Windhoek (time 4,5 hours, distance 250 km) Before we go to the Guesthouse in Windhoek, we we'll drop off our car at the car rental. An agent will bring us to the Guesthouse where we will spend the night. We will be staying at a slightly more luxurious Guesthouse than when we first came to Windhoek, Olive Grove Guesthouse ( www.olivegrove-namibia.com ) ____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Apr 30, 2010 - route dag 3a Windhoek

Windhoek - Mariental (time 4,5 hours, distance 260 km) We will be picked up once again by the agent of the car rental. He will bring us to our car and give us instructions (driving on the left side of the road and on gravel). After these instructions, we will be off on our first adventure in Namibia... Heading: The Kalahari Desert... ____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Feb 1, 2010 - Botswana

Hallo zusammen. ja, wir sind wieder zurueck in der zivilisation. nachdem wir 2 tage im okavonga delta verbracht haben, wo es wirklich nichts gibt ausser bueschen,baeumen und tieren, sind wir jetzt in windhoek, namibia angelangt. das okavonga-delta war eines der schoensten erlebnisse bis anhin. um dorthin zu gelangen,nahmen wir zuerst das motorboot und fuhren circa 1 stunde den fluss aufwaerts, um dann dort auf ein mokorro (holzboot, das mit einem stab von lokalen einwohnern vorangestossen wird, die dann auch mit uns campten)zu wechseln,mit...

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Aug 24, 2009 - Windhoek

Stopped in Windhoek, the capital city (population is only 240 thousand), for the night to pick up rented camping gear and stock up on food for our travels further North. Overall, we've enjoyed the parks, but not the cities in Southern Africa. Generally feel as if we can't leave our car or walk around the cities without worries about safety/theft. Prefer to be in the outdoors away from the baddies.

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Mar 20, 2009 - Namibia

Well it has been a wonderful four weeks that we have had in Namibia, certainly a very different experience to what we were expecting. Unfortunately we arrived in heavy rains. The highest rainfall the country has had in the last 10 years, which made for a soggy start. We started off in the capital Windhoek and we were surprised at how developed it was. There is a strong German influence there and it's like being in a European city, quite a shock in comparison to Ghana. We stayed at a friendly hostel called Cardboard Box Backpackers which...

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Mar 1, 2009 - NAMIBIA, Windhoek

Made it to Windhoek. Jesus Christ. We are not in Africa - a long way from the subsistence farming of Malawi. It is incredible that we are in Africa. Windhoek is seriously like Germany (in fact, it was a German colony). You can really see the influence there has been through the years from South Africa and from Germany. The streets are clean, people obey the rules and there's tons of German food. Windhoek is cleaner than Copenhagen as far as I can tell and I feel safer here than in Winnipeg. Very weird that we are still in Africa. Maciej...

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Jan 15, 2009 - Windhoek

During the South African administration, Namibia was for all intents and purposes just another province and apartheid was applied here just as much as everywhere else. For sometime the South Africans even contemplated the formal annexation of the territory into the SA Union. The founding of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) in 1960 contributed in some considerable measure to counter any such notions. First armed clashes took place in 1966 and SWAPO guerrillas trained in Zambia and Tanzania continue to attack South African...

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