Our destination for day 1 was Kimberley in the Free State. We arrived at our b&b in Kimberley after a relatively boring 7 hour drive. The highlight of being in Kimberley was undoubtedly the excellent dinner at Mario’s.
The following morning we left early for Upington, a 5 hour drive through Griekwastad and Groblershoop and then a pleasant drive through winelands along the Orange River. Our b&b was on the banks of the Orange River and we used the opportunity to take a boat cruise, “Sakkie se Arkie” (Sakkie’s Ark), for a sundowner cruise on the Orange River.
The next morning we left early for the South African / Namibian border. As usual the Namibian side was a breeze to negotiate – the same cannot be said for the nonsense you have to put up with on the South African side. Having to itemize every electronic gadget on a form with corresponding serial numbers (laptops, tablets, gps’s, camera equipment and lenses, even the camping fridge) is a new way to harass honest citizens and whoever came up with this idea should be subjected to a month of hard labour. After more than 30 minutes of filling in forms (for no apparent reason), we finally got through the SA border.
Travelling through the south-western part of Namibia is boring (to be kind).
We eventually reached Keetmanshoop and made our way to Quiver Tree Rest Camp for the evening. The temperature outside was a blistering 41 °C and the fibreglass igloos we stayed in seemed to double this temperature. Even the airconditioning unit seemed to laugh at us when we switched it on in the igloo.
We survived the night and left early the next day on our last day of travelling on the away leg of our journey – destination Harnas Wildlife Foundation near Gobabis. Today was a total of 8 hours, mostly on good gravel roads. We had a few eventful moments on the trip:
Although the road was gravel, it was in good shape and we made good time.
We finally arrived at Harnas Wildlife Foundation very relieved a little before 3 o’clock that afternoon.
The road into Harnas was sandy but to make matters worse it had been raining quite heavily and the road has disintegrated into a series of deep pools. Luckily the car took this in its stride – the same cannot be said of the car’s occupants at the time 🙂
After what seemed like an age negotiating this road we finally arrived at the Harnas lapa, very relieved to finally have reached our destination.
Part 2: At Harnas Wildlife Foundation