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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

Apr 21, 2006 - Namibia!

From Cape Town we flew to Namibia's capital city of Windhoek (pronounced vinhook)... But first, a quick history on Namibia... the country was ruled by Germany from the late 1800's until about 1920 when South Africa took over, which means the indigenous people also suffered under apartheid until they finally gained independence in 1990. 70% of Windhoek's 250K people still live in townships. There is still a large German population in the cities, but the official language is now English and the country is part of the British Commonwealth....

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Apr 5, 2006 - Windhoek - Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia- April 5 Finally we are heading into one of the countries that prompted our trip-it was near the top of our list of places in the world to visit due in part to other photographers and friends. We drive through miles of flat bushland , see some expensive BMW's, very few people at all and clean. Namibia is a fairly large country with only around 2 million people. It is wedged between the Kalahari and the South Atlantic. Namibia is rich in resources and has spectacular beauty with plenty of elbow room for all. Our first stop...

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Mar 8, 2006 - Arrive in Namibia - Windhoek

So here I am ready for the expedition proper. Had a very expensive breakfast in the Jo'burg youth hostel before getting a pick up to the airport to catch my flight. All went smoothly & as we came into land the view of Namiba was amazing. So vast & surprisingly green (they've had loads of rain for them apparently) - and absolutely no buildings in sight....anywhere. A real contrast to South Africa. After a brief stall at the airport while I helped a Namibian lady with her kids and 12 suitcases majke it through customs, walked out into a tiny...

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Anita in Africa

Feb 2, 2006 - Windhoek, Namibia

Very charming town, clean and green (only time it rains is at this time of year) Looks European, but it is in fact the capital of Namibia. After stress of leaving London and farewells, it was great to relax finally. Only had a day here before heading out on 13 day tour.

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Oct 5, 2005 - Coast to Coast 13.-23.9.2005

Mosambikista palasimme Pretoriaan, josta matkamme jatkui Botswanan kautta Namibiaan. Siksakkimaista reittivalintaamme voi ehka ihmetella. Mosambikin keskiosan halki on kuitenkin jos ei mahdotonta, niin ainakin tuskallista matkustaa. Zimbabwea taas halusimme sen nykytilanteessa valttaa. Ja koska halusimme ehdottomasti Namibiaan, niin oli helpointa palata samaa tieta kuin tulimmekin, vaikka talla tavoin paadyimmekin seuraamaan omia jalanjalkiamme ja matkustamaan mantereen poikki itarannikolta lansirannikolle. Jouduimme pysahtymaan Pretoriaan...

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May 4, 2005 - Windhoek - Our Namibian base

Flying into Windhoek from Cape Town gave us spectacular views over the vast, dry Fish Canyon and our first glimpses of the sand dunes. Windhoek proved to be a base from which we set off for our tours around the country. With the horror stories of robberies at night we didn't really venture out in the evenings (our mothers would be happy). The chilled out environment of the backpackers made it even less likely to WANT to go out. Chatting to all sorts of people, Kiran catching up on the football (albeit seeing Crystal Palace getting...

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Feb 17, 2005 - Bethanie - Aris

After stocking up on groceries and junk food, we rolled out of town towards Aris, our stop for the night. Our camp was off the main road. After crossing a couple of streams, we pulled in to find the place desserted -the caretaker was nowhere in sight. There was a main dining hall, a shower block and flush toilets, but the water was shut off. With the roads flooding, our crew leader didn't want to take a chance pushing on further and getting stuck by the side of the road somewhere in the dark. So with or without running water, we were going...

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Oct 22, 2004 - Windhoek

We drove to Windhoek today - the capital of Namibia and a very nice small city. Everything seemed to work smoothly - again I suspect the German influence - with the exception that it rained buckets for the entire time we were there! Normally - not a problem, however considering our campsite was on a muddy patch, next to the major highway and airport, I think we could have stayed in slightly drier accomodation! Upon waking up, we looked out of our tent to see our flip flops had disappeared into the mud - I LOVE camping! There seems to be a...

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Sep 17, 2004 - Back to Windhoek

Written by Ted: Unfortunately, we had to wait until Monday evening for an Intercape bus to Livingstone, so we had to spend a lot of extra time in Windhoek. We spent Friday night (the day we arrived back from the tour) at the Cardboard Box bar with Gordon (who tends bar there on weekends), Sam, and Caroline. Caroline brought her Welsh roommate along. Most of the weekend was uneventful, as we did chores and watched movies on the satellite TV at our guesthouse. (This paragraph written by Karen) Sunday, we went downtown to run some errands. We...

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