Wednesday, March 15, 2018 | Namibia – Khomas, Windhoek | Petra
LET’S GET ON WITH IT
NAMIBIA HERE WE ARE
Windhoek welcomes us with the warmth of the sun and the wonderful smell of spicy wood early in the morning at the airport. Yesterday we were still freezing in the German winter despite thick jackets. Now, only a few hours later, the hot sun reminds us of sun protection factor 50. We are back in Namibia after a short visit home. We had some organizational things to do and also especially enjoyed meeting our family and friends.
We meet Manfred at the airport who takes us to our truck. He sheltered our truck during our absence and Kai, his son, provided it with technical service. The first step with our rolling home leads straight to the supermarket. The refrigerator and some provisions need a refill.
Our plan is to leave the city northbound and to plunge into nature the day after tomorrow.
At Safari Guest Farm Düsternbrook we exactly get what we were longing for – nature, peace, solitude (but not too isolated, WLAN, a pool and iced drinks are desired). On our way to the old farm house we meet our first giraffes and pass some wildebeest.
This could turn into thunderstorm …
With our truck we finally camp all alone under big trees at the dry river bed, next to us horses graze peacefully and colorful birds sing their songs. In the evening the cozy camp fire blazes, stars sparkle and late at night we can hear a hippo smacking directly opposite.
At Düsternbrook there are wide game reserves with cheetahs and leopards. We get the chance to watch the feeding of the predators and come very close to it. When a leopard with it’s orange brown skin hides in the knee-high grass, he indeed is invisible for the untrained eyes. This could cause quite an exciting surprise in the wild. Attended by the skilled ranger we feel save.
Unfortunately we can’t spot the two rhinos nowhere. Tim and Heike, also guests of the farm, told us they came down the hill on the opposite side of the river bed in the morning. But oryx, mountain zebras and wildebeest, escaping as soon as we appear, we meet on our morning hike through the wide mountain scenery. And there wasn’t a soul in sight.
The landscape meanwhile is greener than it was some weeks before, but still it’s far too little. The desperately needed rain ist missing. Now it’s rainy season but the rivers are dry and still have no water. It’s amazing, how nature although can manage it anyhow.
We feel cozy in any case and could stay here forever, but the city is calling …
MEETING POINT WINDHOEK
We have a date with our friends Conny & Tommy. They also spent some weeks in their home town in Germany – the first time for four years! – and are coming back to windhoek. We celebrate the event of our happy reunion.
“Work hard, party hard!” as the saying goes. We remember this quickly, when finding ourselves in the bootcamp of Conny & Tommy on the subject of „Tyre change“. Both patiently teach us how to remove a tyre from a lock ring rim and how to install it again. A view hours and three tyres later we know all about it and blaze with enthusiasm. Again we’ve learned something very important.
The following days are less romantic, but very useful. We are busy with running errands and settlements. We get our road tax certificate renewed at the Road Fund Administration, we shop tools and materials for the truck, we order a metal attachment for our car jack at the locksmith’s shop and a wooden base for it at the carpenter’s, our windows get safety film and the connection between driver’s cabin and cabin gets a new raincoat. Not to mention the refrigerator, which also wants to get refilled.
After all we’re perfectly prepared for upcoming adventures.
SWEET SUMMER RAIN
And finally the rain comes, not too small. Raindrops keep falling on my head …