I thought I’d give a quick personal update on the 2 weeks I had off over Christmas/New years.
Myself and Elliot, a good mate, fellow project/tour leader and proud Kiwi, flew to Maun in Botswana. Many delays but made it there eventually.
Went on a Mokoro (traditional canoe) trip overnight on the Okavango Delta, viewing game and camping out in the middle of nowhere, right by the delta. Waking up Christmas morning in the bush was pretty awesome!
Hitch hiked from Maun to the border of Namibia. A very eventful and long day/night. Including many hours in the crazy heat, sitting on the side of the road. Potentially having to camp the night in lion territory. Finally getting a lift with a local couple, blasting love power ballads the whole way and a blown-out tyre when travelling at 120km/h. Making it to the border post of Botswana/Namibia, crossing through and then starting the hitching process again.
Met a young South African couple who eventually agreed to give us a lift, in spite of his dislike for Australians (kiwis are fine though apparently!). Ended up going all the way to Swakopmund, fed us, watered us (including beers for Elliot!) and were generally awesome.
Many, many kilometres covered and too much money spent hiring a 4x4 hilux: We covered Swakopmund, Etosha, Sossusvlei, Windhoek, and everywhere in-between. Namibia is definitely a place of many faces. Constantly changing from sandy desert to mountainous bush and then big city… All of which can occur within 100km!
Epic Red Bull party on the beach just after Christmas. And in bed before 12 on NYE… Getting too old for that all-night party business!
Managed to score a flight back to Johannesburg from Windhoek cheaper than a bus. That’s 2hrs flying compared to 20+ hours driving! Score.
Too many kilometres, never enough money and too much heat…. But many a good time and many awesome people met!