Namibia Roadtrip Day 7
DISTANCE: Tar roads 246.2km, gravel roads 86.8km - 333Km
WEATHER: Overcast/Hot and sunny/Wind
We left Etosha National Park this morning after a wonderful few days of game drives and mud. We started our journey south with a stop at Outjo, a small town for more supplies. The town was a mix of locals and people on their way to and from the park, and it was obvious that this was the place to stock up on food and fuel. We visited the local supermarket and were soon surrounded by the ‘skanky students’ from the truck that we had seen stuck in the mud a few days ago. Their truck has also pulled in for provisions. Wherever there are tourists there are people selling all those wonderful souvenirs you could really do without. Here at Outjo it was key rings made from chestnuts, and a bargain at only 100 Namibia dollars for two, a special discounted price which equates to around £10 or $15. After politely advising them that in Kenya the same sort of thing would only cost 20 Namibian dollars each, we were subsequently the proud owners of two key rings, at a slightly reduced price with our names engraved on them!
We called in at the garage to fill up with fuel and tried to pay with South African Rand notes which were declined as there had been a lot of forgeries recently, so we had to make a trip to the bank to get the notes changed before we could go anywhere! Time for coffee, and as the sign indicated we had arrived at the best coffee shop in town we called in at the Dinner Farm House owned and run by Ansta Gabathuler, a Namibian who promised the best Cappuccino in town, her carrot cake was exceptional too. We whiled away the time talking to Ansta and her Swiss husband Urs for far too long, and promised to keep in touch before hitting the tar road again. Not for long…suddenly the C39 tar road very abruptly became gravel...ouch. There definitely hadn’t been any rain here; the road was very dusty. Today’s campsite was Abu-Huab, run by the local community of Damara people. This was a lovely site, basic but clean and thankfully only us, and two Belgian couples were resident as the toilets were bush style with no doors! We awarded Abu Huab the award of best toilet and shower as the shower was integrated into the tree, it was also the first night where we were able to sit outside all night without rain and enjoy the sunset. We even danced under the stars, how romantic! Abu–Huab also won the award of the hottest hot water, on arrival and again the following morning one of the staff stoked up the wood burning hot water tank to make sure there was plenty of hot water for us – excellent.