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Etosha National Park. A big treat.

Day 12 saw us up bright and early for a visit to the various attractions surrounding Twyfelfontein. The flies in the early morning whilst packing up were unbelievable, there was simply no escape. A lot of stuff is advertised but most of it was disappointing, apart from the Petrified Forest which had some really big examples of fossilized trees that were supposedly deposited there during the ice age from the Congo region some 250 million years ago. One of the trees is 30 meters long. From here we drove on to Etosha Pan Game Reserve, booked in and set up camp at Halali Camp. On the way to Halali we took a short game drive and came across a pride of 8 lions that walked past us, one by one, about 10 meters away. Another hot night made more bearable by the lovely swimming pool on our doorstep. Soon after sunset we were visited by a Honey Badger that was after anything edible, rather like our Samango Monkeys are at Cape Vidal. He was very persistent and a little bit scary with his big claws and sharp teeth.

Large Fossilized Tree

Large Fossilized Tree


Fossilized Lizzard on fossilized tree

Fossilized Lizzard on fossilized tree


Long fossilized tree

Long fossilized tree


Organ pipes rock formations

Organ pipes rock formations


Springbok Etosha

Springbok Etosha


Lion Etosha

Lion Etosha


Bird Etosha

Bird Etosha


Bear Etosha

Bear Etosha


Elephants Etosha

Elephants Etosha


Jackal Etosha

Jackal Etosha

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Heat, flies and wilderness

Day 11 we left Henties and headed North towards Etosha Pan. Our first stop was at a small mining town of Uis where there is an abandoned tin mine. The day was HOT, HOT, HOT, 39 degrees by 10am. From here we headed for the Brandberg which is the site of the world famous "White Lady" bushman paintings. W arrived at the site at around 2pm in 45 degree temperatures only to find that in order to see the paintings we would have to undertake a 2 and a half hour walk in this heat. Being Zululanders, “No Problem”. Shit it was hot, I nearly died. However the walk was worth it as the paintings are quite impressive being some 7000 years old. The “White Lady” is actually a man. From here we went on to Twyfelfontain where we booked into the most amazing campsite set into the mountains of the Verbrand Range. We had the camp to ourselves and had the most amazing romantic evening under the stars. The heat didn't let up and the only way to keep cool was to wet our shirts and sit in the breeze.

Happy cat campsite Henties Bay

Happy cat campsite Henties Bay


Birds seeking shade behind telephone pole

Birds seeking shade behind telephone pole


Shacks in the desert

Shacks in the desert


Long road to nowhere

Long road to nowhere


Walking in 45 degree heat

Walking in 45 degree heat


White Lady paintings

White Lady paintings


Our camp at Twyfelfontein

Our camp at Twyfelfontein


Keeping cool in a wet shirt

Keeping cool in a wet shirt


Camp view Twyfelfontein

Camp view Twyfelfontein

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Henties and the Dead Sea

Day 10 was held as a day of rest filled with fishing and more fishing. Unfortunately, nobody told the fish. On the way up to mile 100 we took a divert to visit the "Dead Sea” which is an old mica mine that has filled with water that has seeped in underground from the sea. Since this water is salt water and as evaporation takes place, the salinity of the water rises to such high levels that when swimming we simply bobbed above the water like beach balls, a very weird experience. The sea was biggish and very warm for Namibia. We did come across a really good hole at mile 100 that was already occupied by a fishing charter guide who wasn't keen to share. While we watched his group caught 7 nice Bronze Whaler Sharks of between 60 and 110kgs. They were using kob heads for bait and my old mullet heads didn’t seem to do the job in nearby water that really wasn’t up to scratch. Apart from this all we could catch were a few Skaam Haais.

Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea


More Floating

More Floating


Still floating

Still floating


We're all floating

We're all floating


No sinking possible

No sinking possible


Happy seal

Happy seal

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Yay!! Time to fish.

Day 9 was a fishing day at last. After spending some time at a local internet café catching up on our emails, we headed out for Mile 106 with a plan to target edible fish. The sea was stunning but the dreaded onshore wind was blowing. The fishing was slow but we were able to catch a couple of West Coast Steenbras one of which we kept for supper. There was next to no wind and we managed to work on our tans. On the way back to Henties we dropped into the legendary Fishermans Bar for a traditional drink and then back to camp for a well deserved G+T followed by a delicious braaied Steenbras supper.

Cormorant meeting

Cormorant meeting


Mile106

Mile106


Salt crystal

Salt crystal


Supper

Supper

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Swakopmund to Henties Bay. Time to fish at last.

Day 8 found us checking out the civilization that is Swakopmund. After a gentle walk and a leisurely breakfast we set off for Henties Bay via a detour to hunt for the elusive Welwitshia plant. In Afrikaans this plant is called the "tweeblaarplantkannie dood", or the “two leaved plant that cannot be killed” and can live for as long as 2000 years. On reaching Henties we dropped in to visit a few friends and then booked in to our campsite. After this we took a drive down Jackelsputz for a quick throw only to find that the Kelp was thick in the water thus making the place unfishable.

The Germans were here Swakopmund

The Germans were here Swakopmund

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