Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Off to Namibia

Loaded and ready for our biking/camping tour across the Southern part of our beautiful continent, Africa

When this post is aired my husband and I will be touring the vast neighbouring country of Namibia. This arid country which contains the Namib desert, with the most rugged coast line imaginable, used to be part of South Africa. It was known as South West Africa before independence in 1990. My husband and I arrived on the diamond mines a month during this event and did a 4- year tenure there before returning to South Africa in the mid-nineties.

I digress. Now, having set off on Sunday, today we should by now be in the northern regions of the country. We always take the roads-less-travelled as far as possible; we find the National Highways busy, dangerous and very tedious when travelling on a motorbike...

My husband, who fought in SWA, in the senseless bushwar of the seventies, wants to take me to Katimo Malilo where they were encamped and became hardened defending our borders. In those days, when our men arrived home after their army stint, there was no rehabilitation program. I remember my husband coming home to find the tiny baby he remembered, had grown into a sturdy little boy of 18 months who was walking and talking and quite afraid of this stranger in the house. He also found a harried young wife who had been struggling to make ends meet while he fought for the country. The soldiers were not paid by their employers while they were away in the army.

On the lighter side, en route, we will visit our friends in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. After this, we cross the border into Zambia, down through Zimbabwe where we will visit the Victoria Falls and hopefully see many birds of this magnificent area.

We enter Southern South Africa into Botswana, another beautiful neighbouring country world reknowned for its spectacular wildlife and birds where we will stopover one night with friends who live in the capital city of Gaberone.

When we cross the border from Botswana into South Africa to return home, we will have visited five countries on this beautiful country of ours.

Till then, may you all be blessed and happy as you enjoy
our beautiful world.


  1. I can't wait to see the pictures, especially Victoria Falls.
    You'll have a wonderful adventure and much to share upon your return.

    Welcome Home! ;-)

  2. It sounds like a wonderful trip. Looking forward to great photos when you return. Keep safe and have fun, you senior dare devils.

  3. Wow! What an awesome adventures! Looking forward to seeing pictures when you come back... Have a great trip!

  4. Oh Jo - how exciting ! Sounds like a wonderful and exciting trip, wish I was coming along with you ;) P.S. Pop in for a cuppa tea in Tanzania if you're passing anytime after 27th November when I'll be back home on the farm again !

  5. Sounds like fun! I hope your trip is safe and wonderful.


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