NAMIBIA TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY - 4x4 Safari Road Trip
Namibia. A. Fascinating. Country full, of wilderness. Adventure. And loneliness. From. Sand dunes to canyons, mountains. To rivers history. To, wildlife encounters. Namibia. Has it all follow. Us on our journey through Southern, Africa's, desert, country. Our. Travels started in the capital, of namibia been, took, it, didn't take us long to leave the city in search of wilderness, though. After. Some time heading south warts on the highway we, arrived at lake Arnhem, where we got a rather prickly. Welcome. Typically. For the draw in arid landscapes, of Namibia many. Different, cacti can be found here. The, bird's-eye view of the area shows the contrasts. In nature with, the lake being surrounded by a desert-like, landscape. We, decided to stay for the night and enjoy the view of water which. Is a rare commodity in, the south of Namibia. The. Next day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn for the first time on this journey. Not. Without some giddy excitement. Following. The highway a bit more we soon reached a second source of water leg, hard up the. Lake may not be as picturesque, as lake one up but it is home to the largest stem, in Namibia and some, fun off-road tracks in its backyard. We're. Testing the four-wheel, drive capabilities of, the Hilux for the first time right now it's, nothing really that hard but a bit. A rough gravel road but, definitely, good to be back on the tracks driving. South the landscape, did not change drastically. The. South of Namibia is very try and dominated, by shrubs and small bushes, with only the occasional tree. Although. We often just saw a lonely tree in the distance we suddenly came upon an entire, forest, a forest. Of quiver trees which, are also called Coco, Palms in Afrikaans. As. We arrived for sunset the entire, landscape was, tinted in a smooth red light. With. The Sun setting we, call it a day and settle down for the night, there. Are definitely, worse spots to camp. We. Decided to get up early the next morning to enjoy the sunrise as well which, proved to be more, than worth it. Quiver. Trees are oddly shaped funny-looking. Aloha plants, which are endemic to southern, Namibia and the northwestern, part of South Africa. They. Are called quiver trees because, the original inhabitants of the country the Bushmen or son used, to make Quivers from the prances, of the trees. Close. By there is a second, cover tree forest which appears to be a favorite among, the sociable weaver birds. These. Little fellows form large colonies, building one of the most stunning structures. Constructed by, birds. Their. Huge community, nests can easily, stretch over an entire treetops. Just. A stone throw away another, natural sight is patiently, waiting for visitors, the. Ginés playground. We. Are just on our way to the fish river canyon which. Is the third, largest canyon, in the world and. We are trying through a landscape which is very, dry very, desolate. And, extremely. Dusty, so we fit a gravel road and. So probably longest road we're going to try for now when. You extremely, try if, there's a car coming towards us it's just, kilometres. Of dust. Slightly. Exaggerated. This. Part of Namibia driving, has to be embraced as part, of the journey it. Is not just about arriving, at some location, but enjoying loneliness. Along the way. In. General, everything, is dry and dusty so. We were surprised, when it came on a little for. The. Landscape, is a special, kind of beautiful, with mountains, rising, from an otherwise flat countryside. In. This, wild area with barely another, human anywhere, near we, had our first exciting, wildlife encounter, spotting. A large herd of Oryx antelopes, in the distance. We've. Just seen like. Two-thirds of Oryx antelopes, we've seen, Springboks. In the distance, we've seen a family. Of ostriches. With maybe twenty, chicks, and. Also, over there we've, just seen our first try Roz. It's. Just incredible. Seeing this amount of wildlife in just a single spot that, same day we also marveled, at Namibia's, most impressive. Landmark, the. Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, and one, of the largest in the world. Whereas. Day hikes into the canyon are not allowed a five-day. Hiking trail leads down into the gorge. There. Are multiple viewpoints, which all offer a different perspective, on this natural, phenomenon, the. Canyon is more than 160. Kilometres long and at times up to 550. Meters deep. The. Best time to visit is in the late afternoon when the Sun is slowly setting over the canyon barding, it in its warm light. We. Decided to come back for a second visit early, the next morning. With. The Sun slowly rising, the canyons started to illuminate. Soon. We were on the road again driving, further south towards the south african border where's.
In The beginning we still saw some rock bands the landscape, soon became very flat, and desolate, no. Trees just some bushes and a gravel road leading through the wilderness, an. Unusual. Sight was coming upon this vintage car in the middle of nowhere, judging. By its looks it has been lying there for many years being, used as a hunter's target, in the meantime. Shortly. Before we reached the Orange River we decided to leave the world trot and travel road for a little track called gam lab eco trail. Although. There was absolutely. No signage, to be found we had a rough idea of where we would be going, the. Trail gave us some easy 4x4. Action right from the start which we really enjoyed after all the kilometers, spent on straight crevel roads the. Old and tribe riverbed, slowed down our progress but, had has really, enjoyed the scenery. Looking. From above our car is nothing, more than a little speck in this vast landscape. As, we entered the I ice reached his file transfer, on tier Park we, spotted some baboons climbing. On the rocks and running across the street. After. Hundreds, of kilometers, spent driving through dry and rather colourless, landscapes, we, suddenly encountered. A lot of three. The. Reason, for this narrow strip, of flourishing, plant growth is the Orange River, marking. The border between South Africa and Namibia this. River is flowing all year round supplying. This try landscape, with much needed water. Equally. As much appreciation, for clean water have vervet, monkeys. They. Are the smallest monkey, species namibia, in are only found close to running water. Vervet, monkeys live in groups of 10 to 70 animals and communicate, through a number of course. Leaving. The orange robe behind we soon were back in the dry landscape, of the Namib Desert fringe there. Is a good probability of, spotting, wild horses in this area. These. Horses are the descendants, of animals who escaped, in the turmoil, of World War one when the Germans fought against South African, troops. Although. The journey proneness, back onto tar roads and towards the coastal town of blue donuts. Rudl. Its is a windy, place where the contrast, between the maybe us try and Theriot landscapes, and the large expense, of the ocean is evident. Thanks. To the ocean rude alerts office one of the Libya's most intriguing. Historic, sites. The. Small town of Coleman's, copy used to be the settlement of several, hundred, Germans at the beginning of the 20th century, it. Offered every, comfort, of a European, town of that time including, a nice factory and a hospital. The. Only difference, it. Was situated in, the harsh environments. Of the Namib Desert. As. The days of the diamond rush ended more, and more people left the town until it was finally claimed, back by the desert. Today, visitors, can explore the historic, buildings, which are in different states of decay. Most. Striking, is the amount of sand that has found a way into the houses. Some. Rooms are filled with so, much sand that you have to crawl to get through the doorframe. Some. Of the buildings were even constructed, as two-story, houses with a rickety wooden stairs, leading to the upper levels. We. Decided to stay until the Sun set taking in the eerie noises. While. The clouds moved over the buildings the wind slowly picked up giving us a first indication, of the rough night ahead. This. Is gonna be the most horrible, night ever. Because. We've never slept, in such strong, winds as we now. Have to, we're, in lüderitz at, the. Campsite, and direct, the next to the ocean and the wind is just, insane. The entire, car with the rooftop tent is shaking, and I have, no, clue how we will sleep a single, minute tonight. We. Just woke up we'd be sunrise, in, lüderitz. But uh that, was a truly, crazy, night I mean. The wind was shaking, the entire tent. And it was it was really. Intense. Really. But. Now we're enjoying. The, sunrise with, just a little bit of wind and, quite. Acceptable. We. Then went our jigs for the lüderitz Peninsula where we soon spotted our first flamingos. These. Are crater flamingos, who are wading through the lagoon filtering, small invertebrates from, the mud. Especially. Amusing, are there dance like moves when they steer up the map in search of food. Directly. Offshore there's an island which is inhabited, by penguins. Eppley. Named penguin, our boat.
Cruises Offer to bring tourists, close to the Penguins, but with these kind of waves we had no. Deciding tickets. Our. Further, journey brought us north through, the dry a very scenic, Namib, Desert. It. Is important, to come prepared and have a basic, understanding of, tire crushers before, venturing into, the desert. The, scenery, is wide open with corrugated, travel, tracks cutting the way fruit. The word namib means as much as vast place. With. Annual precipitation levels, as little as two millimeters. In the most arid regions, the Namib is the only true, desert in southern Africa, it is, furthermore, said to be the oldest desert in the world. Despite. So a little rain wildlife, can still be spotted, most, often there would be either ostriches. Wandering, around with, or without chicks or, Namibia's, heraldic, animal the Oryx antelope. These. Beautiful, antelopes, are well adapted to the dry desert climate they. Do not depend on drinking, water but supplement, their fluid intake by feeding on roots and wild, melons. Oryx. Live in herds of ten to forty animals and can be found over most of Namibia, they. Are most well known for their long horns which average 85, centimeters in, length a. Truly. Astonishing, site, in the middle of the desert, is yousef, castle. This. Castle, is a remnant of Namibia's, colonial, past. It. Was commissioned, by German, captain Hansen rich fun walk and his, American, wife Jada Humphries, at. This, time Namibia, was still called German, Southwest Africa. The. Castle, is very impressive. And completely, out of place at the same time. Tourists. Can visit the interior of the castle which is still in the good shape retaining, most of the historic, furniture. Paris. Evenly possibility, of staying overnight. Despite. Being situated. In such beautiful, surroundings. The castle, did not bring the couple joyful, or. On. A trip, to Europe in 1914. The couple heard the news of the outbreak, of World War one, captain. For both volunteered. To serve his country, only. Two weeks after, you entered active service he was killed at the Battle of song. His. Wife never. Returned, to their castle. Another. 100, kilometers, and crevel roads protesters, s Liam Kenyan and natural, Kenyan caft into the soil by the periodically, flowing, township River, not. Far away one of the most iconic landscapes. Of Namibia can be found the. Giant red sand dunes of Sasa flee often. Photographed with a dried-up camel, thorn tree in the foreground these, dunes are a symbol, for Namibia. The. Last five kilometres of the road to Sicily are only accessible, by four-wheel, drive as a, lot of deep set has to be traversed. The. Landscape, is especially, scenic, early in the morning or late in the afternoon when. The Sun highlights. The red color of the dunes that is. Also the time when animals such as Oryx, can be spotted. To. Get the best views a little bit of effort is required, several. Students. Can be climbed up although. Just about 300, meters of altitude are, scaled the, soft sand makes it quite a challenging, task. Just. Time to the top of big Marmot Union such a fillet it. Was quite a decent clump a lot, of sand very, soft and and. It's pretty, windy and sanny up here so just sitting behind the the. Tune rich. Line and the sand is just flying over it at a basically. A bar being in sand, the wind has absolutely. No pity shifting, the sand continuously. On top of one of the highest, dunes in the world. I'll. Leave it up to you to charge it this view is worth the struggle. Luckily. The way down is a lot easier better. Zuriel. Is the only term that fits the landscape, of nearby dead flame a, short. Walk through the sand dunes which is scenic, in itself brings visitors to a truly, bizarre place. Dead. Flay is a white clay pan which used to be home to a number of occasions which. Are all completely, tried, up and quite, dead now. It. Is clearly, discernible, that the river was flowing into the pen in the past earning. It the name Flay which, means as much as Marsh in Afrikaans. But. With the sand shifting, all the time and the dunes moving, dead Flay was completely, cut off from water in the tree slowly with it leaving behind a unique, landscape. The. Stark contrast between the red sand dunes and the white pen is especially, striking in the late afternoon with, the Sun slowly setting, and shadows, entering, the picture.
Due. To the National Park regulations, all visitors, have to leave the park until one hour after, sunset. After. The journey brought us for the northern part of the Namib now cliff National Park. Instead. Of taking me directly to the coast we, decided to opt for the longer at the scenic road there were several steep, mountain, passes. First. Up was, straight soda pass which, is the steepest, pass in all of Namibia. Within. Only four kilometers, of distance travelers, climb about one kilometre of altitude, resulting. In marvelous views of the surrounding area. Exploring. The equalness highland is an added bonus of taking, the route over the pulses. The. Second pass along the route is called gums burg box and of course it affords travelers with equally, marvelous views. Then enough to bend we marvel at the beautiful, scenery before, arriving, at our adventurous, campsite. We. Just arrived at one of the most picturesque campsites. We've ever been to we, have a rock overhang, to this side and we are sleeping underneath, and kind of in a cave style and on the other side we have a large. African. Plain we will be looking onto for sunrise so. This is at a Roy clip guest farm, it was a rough 18 call me to try to get here very, bumpy road very remote and then very, steep, grade to come up to the actual campsite, but it is just incredible. In. The morning we were woken by a very persistent bird. Looking. Out of the tent we were crowded, the view we had hoped. With, the plane opening, up in front of us we sat down and enjoy our breakfast. Of. Course, we couldn't resist taking an outdoor shower or, driving down the steep path to our campsite. The. Following drive back to the main road showed us the beautiful, surroundings we had missed in the dark the day before. At. This point we had an idea what our car was capable of so we pitted it against some extremely, steep inclines, for no other reason than enjoy, of four-wheel driving. The. Cassette pass was the third mountain pass we traversed in two days it.
Offered Us equally, beautiful sights, on to the trike we sip River which can only be crossed via a bridge, after. A short glimpse into Khoosat Canyon we continued, on roads that were mostly flat. That. Is also where we encountered, our first traffic. Jam, maybe, instead. We. Found ourselves a, beautiful, campsite and settled down for the night with a relaxing, fire. After. We left our pots and pans unattended, for two minutes, we heard some clattering, just. To discover that a small spot at Gannett appreciates. Peanutbutter, sauce just, as much as we do. The. Following day we set out to explore Schmidt's Copper Mountain which. Is also called mutter, Horn of Africa. The. Peak stands out traumatically, from the flat surrounding, plain with its highest point at almost, 1,800. Meters. The, grenade of the mountain is more than 120. Million years old. Several. Vehicle, tracks lead around the mountain to Center many viewing, opportunities. Of course there is an animal that is perfectly, adapted to, live in this environment the, rock, hyrax is a medium-sized. Mammal, living in rocky terrain. Although. They don't look like it they are closely related to elephants. Leaving. Behind bits Coco we drove back to the coast where the weather could rather murder. But. Our way north we came upon many, fishermen, indicating. The amount of fish living, in the offshore waters. The. Fish holes are very popular the Cape fur seals living, at Cape cross this. Seal colony, is one of the largest in the world, sometimes, being home to. 250,000. Seals. Coming. Upon so many seals, left us with a mixture of feelings from or to. Disgust, it is. Hard to describe the smell but so many animals, living in close range emit. They, mostly feed on fish and can dive as deep as 200. Meters. When. Mothers have pups they usually spend three periods, at sea and longer, periods, with them, upon. Emerging, from the water they start calling for a young which respond, with a crime a, mother. Can recognize, a pump based on its individual, crime and its smell. After. About four to six months the pups will be weaned and have to start taking care of themselves. While. They look very clumsy, on land seals, are very nimble swimmers. Among. The thousands, of seals the intent of observer can sometimes, also spot, black back checkers patrolling, up and down the beach, bass. Jackals, are also referred, to as the health police, as they mainly target wounded, and sick animals as well as parse even. In a gang of cattle checkers they are no match for a fully grown and healthy, thirsty. A. Short. Row from office the entrance to the Skeleton Coast national park which, welcomes, visitors with an intimidating. Gait. Off-road. Trails through the dunes bring travelers, to the ocean where, it becomes obvious that the National Park is aptly, named as many, skeletons, can, be found along the coastline, the. Waters off the coast were notorious, among seafarers. As they are treacherous to navigate, often, combined with bad weather. This. Was not a good place to get stranded, as there is no surface, drinking water for, many kilometres. Furthermore. Many whale bones can be found on the beach of stating, back to the days when hunting, whales was acceptable. The. Little Lagoon in the park is home to flocks of greater and lesser for meals. We. Then left the coast of Namibia a last time intro Finland, except. For the occasional centre of there's absolutely, nothing, to see for many kilometers. As. Soon as we enter the Tomorrowland, the landscape, changed. The. Vegetation, was still very sparse but the red color of the rocks was a welcome, change to the gloominess, the coast. Driving. Down this little pass was especially, seeming, as the entire, landscape seemed, to open up ahead of us. It, didn't, take us long to spot some animals we, had been looking forward to seeing from close range. Giraffes. Are the tallest terrestrial. Animals on earth standing, it up to five point eight meters they. Can therefore reach, food sources, no other animal, can die they, mostly feed on leaves and twigs which they pull off with their specialized, Tom. This. Group of giraffes was placidly, feeding, along the roadside. Lecher. Offs have a long history in this area becomes, evident, when looking at the rockin cravings of the Sun people at twyfelfontein. Detective. Did, a candy bar. Which. Today. Give to. Riff on a Greek winner the graffiti mopida. De la santé, Wow. Wow. This. Was our local Damara guy Leslie who took us around -, tane sharing.
His Knowledge about, the rockin cravings, the animals of the area and also his own language so. Maybe. If we try to say wait out on this Publix for example. Let's. Go. Leslie. Told us that the entire area around twyfelfontein, was, used by the Sun to, communicate. With neighboring, troops and as a school for their young. So. Before it specifically dunk with the hood they go out for the first time to hunt the anyways we have to know to. Put business. And. Also the behavior of the enemies in the, area around, while Fontaine, at least. 2,500. Rockin cravings have been found the most famous being the lion with a human, hand on his tail. At. A waterhole, just, outside, Etosha National Park we spotted some mountain cee-trust having a drink while, some giraffes slowly, approached, but. At once they all that quite startled. The, reason was a large group of elephants, approaching, including. Juveniles, and babies. Elephants. Are not fond, of sharing their water source with other animals, so, they usually threaten, them away. Once. They had the water halter themselves they calmly had a drink before moving on again. We've. Just entered the Etosha National Park, through the Carlton Paige and. Driving. The first couple, kilometers and they're literally, giraffes, everywhere. No matter where we look from. Right here I can see four seven. And there's, ten, more on the other side so they're literally. Giraffes, everywhere, I just open the window. But. My son part of Etosha National Park, is a dream for anyone, effect. Visited. By a lot less tourists than the center of the park, many, animals need to guard around the little holes in the dry season. The. Occasional, Oryx under spotted justice, heirs of ostriches. Springboks, Ward Hawks quarry bastards, wildebeest. Kudos, and the list goes on. We. Were also lucky enough to spot some female lines at our first waterfall, which were mostly busying, themselves with. Finding shape. The. Entire, Park has been fenced, in which, makes it impossible for the animals to leave in the Tri season. That. Is why all throughout the National Park artificial. Water halls have been established to make sure the animals have enough drinking water, although. These water halls may not be completely, natural they, are great places to see the wildlife gather in close proximity. The. Western part of the park is also the only region where both subspecies, of cifra can be seen next to one another the. Mountain zebra and the plains secret. While. Mountains across have big stripes, all the way down to their hooves the, plain suppress stripes begin to fade a lot sooner but they, certainly share, their preference, for wallowing, in mud and dust. This. Is a seriously. Bad road in etosha so. Many very. Rough corrugations, and the entire cast is janky. Not. All roads at the park are in a good shape sometimes. The entire car, is vibrating. Tremendously. That is why a sturdy vehicle, is definitely, needed. A, great. Feature of all the campsites are the wildlife, heights from which animals, can be viewed in safety, the, infrared, light used that night does not disturb, the animals but, allows visitors to get a good look in the dark, very. Amusing was this young elephant, who didn't know how to use its trunk for drinking water yet so, decided, to play around with it in the, meantime his buddy was practicing, his moves on a rock. Early. The next morning a Brown hyena visited. The water hall it. Definitely, had a limp in its gait which could indicate a fight with another predator, while. Drinking it kept on getting harassed by, a jackal. Eventually. It told it off. Etosha. Is home to a wide range of antelopes, among which the eland is the largest weighing, up to 800.
Kilograms, While. The eland is not very common visitors, almost certain, to see a Steinbach. They. Reach a maximum shoulder, height of 60 centimeters, and are therefore quite good at hiding in high cross, they. Mostly feed on leaves from bushes while sometimes turning to fruits and cross. Impressively. They're almost completely, independent. Of water as they take in all the moisture they need through their food. Steambox, are usually, active during the early morning and late afternoon while. They rest in the shadows during the heat of the day as we. Further explored, the western part of the, we, came upon this water. The. Sheer number, of animals, is almost, in this quadrant. The, icing, on the cake was the arrival of three young elephant, bulls which led to some commotion at the waterhole. They. Went straight to the water to have a drink all the while being surrounded by hundreds. Of animals, in. General, elephants, are rather composed, moving, around with a certain calm, these. Free young males on the other hand were constantly. Moving throwing, their trunks, up and down and flapping various. After. They had drunken their share they left in a show of strength while, the rest of the wildlife carried on as before a. Really. Special, sight is coming upon a rhino. Their. Numbers, have been drastically, reduced, due. To the poaching, of their horns, which, uneducated, superstitious. Idiots. Believed to be an aphrodisiac. These. Beautiful. Creatures are slaughtered. For a substance, that has the same effect as chewing. On your fingernails, as. We. Had a once-in-a-lifetime. Moment. When we came upon five, black rhinos, at night. Rhinos. Usually, prefer to live alone but, tend to socialize, during darkness. Two. Mothers, with their young and a fifth individual. Came together and calmly, shared a drink. In. These moments it is easy to understand, the true value of these animals, which. Is simply, having them live in peace in their natural habitat. During. The heat of the day most animals, are looking to stay cool in the shade the, Sun. Is relentlessly. Burning down creating, a hazy atmosphere. The. Name of Tasha means, as much as great white place and, refers, to the larger, Tasha pen which covers about a quarter, of the National Park, the. Pen is completely. Dry most of the year but royal life tends to gather along its fringes. Along. The edge of the pan we also found a large group of blended mongrels. While. Other Mongoose tend to forage alone banded, mongoose always, stay together as a group at. Least one individual, of the group is always looking out for potential, predators, alerting, the others with a warning crying rain. And Mongoose mostly, feed on insects and small reptiles which store search by digging in the ground. It. Was definitely an advantage to have our own kind abortion, allowing, us to drive wherever we liked and visiting, many water halts throughout the day. Along. The way we saw countless animals, and it was up to us to decide with which we wanted to stake. Driving. Along a little-used, trail we came upon this large herd of elephants which was happily, feeding. Their. Tool of choice is, of course their trunk which, is an extremely, versatile, an important, body part, the. Elephant's, trunk has no bones little. Fat and a lot of muscle, fibers it. Is ideally, suited for tearing, of tranches to Chua. The trunk is also perfect, for scooping, large amounts, of water to drink. While. The Tosh house elephant's are among the largest in all of Africa their, tusks, are not very impressive, this. Is due to the mineral deficiencies. They phase in this landscape in. The end it probably, helps them stay alive as their ivory is luckily, worthless, for humans. Next. To drinking elephants, also use that run is fleshing themselves, with water mud, dust.
Vinegars. As a protection, against the stark sunlight, as their skin are way too thick is rather, sensitive, they. Therefore try to cover their entire bodies. In a cross of dust or mud. These. Elephants, use water to wetting their bodies and have the dust stick to. The. Young ones are not as talented with their trunks yet so they usually are sort of wallowing in the dust which is adorable to, watch. Equally. Cute our line comes walking through the bush with memories. Upon. Seeing these free cups from a distance we thought we had really struck, luck, later. On we realized that these young lines were completely, alone with no adult lines anywhere, near this. Combined. With a disheveled, state of their food has, us believe that their mother must have been killed somehow. Of course. This is bad news for the cups as they will not be able to care for themselves. As. Heartbreaking. As this fact may be it is, part of the natural cycle. They. All hit a drink at the water hole they, went off into the sunset. We. Are currently driving on the dick dick tribe in etosha national park, dick, digs are small antelopes, and we are having a dick dick sporting, contest. We are crouching along with 8 kilometres an hour trying to figure out who can spot more dick dicks and currently NS leading with free to do but. We shall see who wins in the end dick, dicks are among the smallest antelopes. Reaching a shoulder height of only 40, centimeters. Bear, active during the day but usually rests, in the thick undergrowth when it is hot outside. Due. To their small body size and the areas they live in they can be quite hard to spot. Once. Active, dick dicks can be seen feeding on leaves and fruits. Similarily. To steambox physics are completely, water independent. And. We have a clear, winner with. 95. Ana, has, on the dik-dik challenge. After. Four days with many clothes, animal encounters, we left Etosha National Park for new adventures. Or. Further, journey protists to make or chacorta, which, is one of only two natural. Lakes in the middle of, the lake also has an interesting history as German, troops and war equipment in it in 1915. So, it couldn't be used by the British. Around. The lake the climate seems perfect, for a large range of succulents, greatly differing, in size. All. The succulents, are tiny compared, to this baobab, tree of course. We. Continued, our journey northwards. Person, travel later on a small towards the Caprivi strip. We. Are driving for the northeast of Namibia right now on our way to the Caprivi strip then. We can clearly see differences, between northern, Namibia and southern Namibia, because. Southern, Namibia that, was mostly, landscapes but, barely any villages, yet in northern Namibia in the Northeast they a lot of villages next highway. Compared. To the rest of Namibia the Caprivi strip is fairly green, and wet which is mostly, due to the presence of several rivers, the. Most famous of these is the Okavango, which crosses the Caprivi strip from Angola into, Botswana. Along. Its shores lies the beautiful, Marengo, core area of Guagua, a national park while. Many of the animals were familiar by now we also spotted some that we hadn't seen before, grown. Antelopes, among the largest antelopes, reaching, lengths of almost two and a half metres they. Are closely related to sable, antelopes, with which they share their habitat. We. Also saw some Tessa be in our first hippos both on land and in, water.
A Highlight, of ours was definitely, coming upon a family of all stretches. Ostriches. Are the largest living bird they. Can reach a total height of almost three meters. They. Young leave the nest after only three days and follow their parents everywhere. And ostriches, mostly, feed on drop seeds, leaves, and insects, they, also not, depend in the water they. Salos them to live in a range of habitats, including. Deserts. If. They get the chance ostriches. Will still go for drink which, usually looks, rather funny. Borning. Is. About seven o'clock in the morning we. Just woke up at the banks of the Okavango River which. Is right. There. You. Can see the Sun is slowly rising, it. Is bitterly, cold but. It is stunningly. Beautiful, here because his absolute, silence except, for a plethora. Of birds singing, and the. Occasional, crunch often hippo but. Otherwise it's, just an. Absolutely. Magnificent place. The. Sunrise, was quite memorable with a lot of heart slowly rising, from the river we. Weren't, disturbed by anything and completely, enjoyed, this magical, display, of nature. Afterwards. We said goodbye to the Okavango for the time being and followed the highway through the Caprivi strip until. We reach the cuando, really. We. Are completely, and utterly stuck, on the four-wheel drive track which barely helps us but. Today it's, just no, going forward, since approximately, now, we've tried almost everything but. There's. Just no way and, the reason there's a little bit different, to what usually. Might be the reason of getting stuck on a four-wheel drive check but there's, a herd of 200, elephants blocking. The way, so. We. Have just no recipe, to fix the situation's. Exemple. Waiting we. Watched in disbelief as. More elephants, appear from the bushes to take a bath in the river. The. Problem, was less that the elephant's went to the river for drink but, more that they were spread out over several, hundred meters. Going back and forth walking. Away from the river but returning after only a few minutes, we realized, that these elephants, could easily stay, there for many more hours but. As we still had some way to go we, took our chances about riding a little travel path through the bush a. Detour. Was about 20 kilometers which took us at least one hour. Once. More anna has the very unthankful, part of cleaning, away branches, from the track, apparently. Last night there has been a big, group of elephants on this track as well because there's plenty of elephant food and there, are so many branches. Lying directly on the track which are definitely, chewed, on so. Quite. Clearly maybe. The big group we've seen has been on this way as well and it's. Just very tough going right now as this is also the habitat of lions, leopards, and other predators I always, try to keep the car as close as possible to enter. Back. On the main track we didn't meet any more elephants, luckily but, only came upon a gang of the birds. They. Were quite busy grooming, each other climbing, up trees snacking. On some leaves and generally. Looking photogenic. In, the trees above we also spotted some rather large fruit, base. -, round of our time and anivia we decided, to go on a little boat cruise to see the cuando river from a different perspective. It. Did not take our guides long to spot a number, of herds along the short. We. Were very happy woman spotted our first ledge, mantle, and a small herd of African Buffalo. We. Explored, the cuando river system for about two hours before the Sun slowly, started, to set. And thus, ended, our trip through Namibia, but. Our journey is far from over, for. The next three weeks we, ventured, into the wilderness of Botswana. You. You.