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Apr 25, 2008 - Windhoek

Found out Swakopmund means "dirty river mouth", actually literally "diarrhea" river mouth because when the first Germans arrived there had been unusual rainfall which caused the river to actually flow(it is dry most years) carrying huge qty of sediment to the ocean and causing the gray discoloration they saw. When we walked the beach I noticed no flotsam and jetsam as we've found on every other coastal beach. Bon pointed out that the coast is uninhabited for hundreds of miles in both directions and the strong current N. carries anything way...

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Africa Plus

Feb 17, 2008 - Windhoek

Today we didn't get up quite so early as we knew what time the gates would opening for sure! The drive out of the park was disappointing so we were soon on our way to Windhoek - our last overnight stop in Namibia! We stopped for the 3rd time in Outja to shop and then it was off again! We arrived at the Cardboard Box hostel at lunchtime so Sabrina immediately got lunch out. Then it was free time until dinner that evening. I took advantage of the washing machines and enjoyed a lazy afternoon. I decided to try and download some photos and...

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Bridget's Trip!

Jan 9, 2008 - Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek is an attractive, bustling city, but nobody appears to be in a rush whether they are pedestrians or in vehicles. You hear the fairly frequent polite beep of a taxi's horn to try and attract your attention, but that's it. It is a shopper's paradise, ranging from supermarkets, through souvenir shops to those selling shoes, clothes, luxury goods and cars. There are lots of places to eat - Nige is particularly pleased to see several King Pie outlets, although yesterday he opted for a Pieman's Mutton Curry Pie (delicious - I was allowed...

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Dec 28, 2007 - Etosha to Windhoek

Extraordinary superb bed and linens at this 5 star made this nights rest great. It just wasn't long enough. The air con helped keep us cool and comfy all night long. Ahhhhhh! At 6am the group met for breakfast at the restaurant. Nice change from breakfast at the truck. On the way out of the park we managed one last game drive. Quite a few animals again but nothing we hadn't seen before. For excitement we experienced a little truck trouble along the road. All of us got out and stood in the ditch while Shaddy and Dudu tried to fix the...

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Dec 17, 2007 - Windhoek

Day 19 Mon 17th Dec Bus from Swakopmund to Windhoek Up early to wave the overlander troops farewell. Shopping & then get on the Intercape to Windhoek. After a brief drive around the cities highlights, I hit the Roof of Africa hotel for a quite night!!! Was just doing some internet when I spotted some Traveling Carpenters. Their distinctive outfits ensure they stand out a mile away. I had first been introduced to these guys back in Denmark. After I said hello, they invited me to join them in drinking beer out of their boot. My quite night...

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Sep 21, 2007 - Too long in Windhoek

Well it is safe to say that we may have blown the budget in the first two weeks in Namibia... so needless to say we have been in Windhoek for the last week recooperating our finances. We found a great backpackers lodge called "The Chameleon" where we have been camping and cooking all our own food in the wonderful kitchen provided. They have a pool, tv with satellite [so that Trev can watch sports [i.e. rugby & cricket]], and a lounge area with a movie library. Pretty comfortable place to spend a week. What else have we been up to? We...

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Mar 19, 2007 - Okavango Delta to Windhoek

18th March - Today was a huge drive day across the border and into Namibia. We were heading for the capital of Windhoek. It is an amazing place, very modern. We headed out to dinner at a great restaurant. We had game meat again which was great. Lex had a mixed game skewer containing ostrich, croc, zebra and kudu and I had a surf and turf with gemsbok (also called oryx). Both meals were unforgettable. We had a bottle of wine and talked the night away. 19th March - Today we had a free morning around town before heading up to Etosha National...

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Nov 30, 2006 - Back in Windhoek

So we arrived back in Windhoek, Justin and Matt left, then Antonia left yesterday so Im whiling away another day here waiting for tomorrow. Tomorrow I go to Swakopmund and continue my travels up north in the hope of seeing some big scary animals! Guessing I wont have access to internet for a while but will be in contact soon. Hope everyone is well. Take care love me xxx

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Nov 28, 2006 - Namibia - Windhoek 'We got bogged hahaha.. Annabel'

Up early to leave at 5:30am to drop the guys and girls departing at the bus terminal. Said goodbye to Drew, Belinda, Nick, Pete, Matt, Louise and Vanessa. Left them at the bus and started our final leg to Cape Town. We headed for the border of Namibia and got a little lost on the way. How, I have no idea considering in peak season a truck leaves once a week to do this trip. At one point we had to turn around, Annabel did not check the ground and went onto the grass. We got bogged in the sand. Not to bad getting it out and were on the road...

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On another jaunt...

Nov 18, 2006 - Bye Bye Cape Town!

Well my plans changed quite dramatically. I quit my waitressing job in Cape Town as I had itchy feet and wanted to carry on travelling (plus I remembered why I said I never wanted to do waitressing again!!) Jax on the other hand decided to stay, and has met a lovely guy called Ryan who is from Cape Town. So I decided to fly the nest after 9 months together and finish the trip by myself...violins! I got on a bus and after a long 20 hours arrived in Windhoek in Namibia this morning. My plan is to do Namibia, Botswana, be in Mozambique for...

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Nov 13, 2006 - Afica: Namibia Final Country for 2006

Well I left Cape town and flew to Wendhoek capitol of Namibia. This will be my last stop in Africa and myfinal destination for these 2006 journeys. Namibia is a desert country with multiple different eco systems i.e desert, world's highest sand dunes, sub-tropical desert, a luch tropical river oasis and much more. Almost every animal known toAfrica also lives inthis harsh climate and desolate wilderness. Tourism here is fast growing as more and more people are discovering the beauty of desert and the way animals have adapted to this...

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Nov 1, 2006 - Finally Namibia!

It was a LONG slog - about 900 km - but I finally made it to Windhoek (Vind-hook)at about 6:00 that night. Southern Namibia just crossing the border seemed so desolate. It was like the landscape that was crumbling in SOuth Africa was actually turning to dust in Namibia. The two lane road was straight and long, and I drove for hours without having a car pass me or vice versa. (There were cars coming in the opposite direction) Just miles and mile of nothing between small towns (if I can call them that) until I arrive in the capital. I must...

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Reilly on the Road

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