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Travel Journal to Namibia

Keetmanshoop - Quivertree Forest & Brukkaros

Thursday, June 14 June 2007

So how it happened that first night in the car?
A little fresh to be said! But the darkness surrounding us allowed to contemplate a galaxy of rare beauty.
A side from 4am, the truck came to our area that gets us out of sleep and makes us slightly suspicious. Sleeping in a rest area in Namibia poses no worries!
So we start this morning for the Quivertree Forest. We are just an hour's drive to get there. We are finally making full provision and Namibian dollar Keetmanshoop.
At 8am, not many people in the streets and the people we meet, we seem rather friendly!

Town of Keetmanshoop

This reinforces our view that Namibia is not a country at risk!
By cons still not seen their famous dried meat, the biltong is not found!
It will be chicken, especially now that we're equipped!
We have invested in a mini cooler is good, was our wine, coming straight from South African vineyards, Charges will be!
Tasks completed, we resume our journey, the Quivertree forest no longer has a small ten miles!
Once there, small disappointment!
The site is pretty, especially at sunset, but not a wire fence, which limits Getaway! But for lovers of photography, no worries, you will not be disappointed!

Quivertree forest
Quivertree Forest

The site offers a bonus, the opportunity to observe a cheetah in captivity, we hate it or hate it!

Friday, June 15, 2007

We leave for the Giants playground, barely five kilometers! The site is part of the admission of the Quivertree Forest.
Thousands of stones piled one upon another, sometimes forming impressive structures. A small footpath can go around the site in about twenty minutes. Always the same, pretty but not exceptional!
So we decide to improvise a trip to the Kalahari desert, but after a hundred miles on the C17 , We realize that there is absolutely nothing! Just large fenced land without any relief.
So what? Mount Brukkaros is not very far! It was not planned in the program, but maybe it's not that bad all things considered ? In the distance we can see it!

Brukaros volcano
Brukaros volcano

A volcano of one thousand five hundred and eighty feet high rising from the broad. How did he ever happened there?
For the night we will be at the foot of the giant! A 4x4 is necessary for the privilege of sleeping between these walls. The camp seems to surrendering his, but that we pose no problem, a place where our tent is our only concern. But not easy to pitch a tent in the rock!
We do this at last, in bah hope the wind does not blow.
But bad luck, lots of wind this night, our canvas is stalled, some boulders will solve the problem!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

After that night a bit hectic, we start to attack the volcano!
Three hours of walking on a steep path but a beautiful, lead us to the crater. To given an idea of gigantism, a small town could it installed!
But our goal is not reached, they need us to reach the top. It becomes increasingly steep, and the heat makes this task even more difficult!
After an hour of walking, we finally succeed.
On tens and tens of kilometers, we have had the privilege of contemplating the infinite Namibia.
The effort to achieve it are amply rewarded, but I have thought back now.
And this is no small task to do, we're exhausted. We decide to leave the trail to create our own shortcut!
Not easy to find a flaw in these steep walls, but even when we succeed and gain an hour of walking.
After this long day emotionally charged, they we must continue our journey towards Luderitz. Improvisation as its share of unpleasantness, we find that our water resources are exhausted!
We will then supply to Keetmanshoop!
But little problem, Namibia is far from our western world.
On Saturday afternoon, nothing open, we So wait till tomorrow to quench our thirst!
Meanwhile, new small car on the night in the B4, pleasant enough to be said, this area is less frequented by trucks.

sunset namibia
Sunset Namibia