Sunday, May 27, 2007
The service station
Sorry, I have been trying to keep things in order but just realised that I didn't post these pictures of our trip back from Namibia. One must be enlightened to the service station (gas stations) along the way! Thankfully we didn't travel back in the slow-vehicles with the rest of the group but we met up briefly to pass on a phone and take a few pictures! Unfortunately 4 days in the middle of nowhere did nothing for my clothes choice! And it was quite chilly when we set off early from basecamp!
The Spanish contingent with the South African flag!
Here's Judith showing what she's learned in South Africa regarding how to braii. We also found great amusement in the South African flag in the living room. Turns out this living room was where the new South African flag design was decided upon. Ishmael finished his English studies and returned to Spain the next day.
Madelaine who I met in Stellenbosch who volunteers at the Aquarium ... who just happened to work at Stanely House in Paisley for a few years around 1995!
The end of the river!
We found it easier to stop at the end of the river than manouvering splits in the river on day 2! Here we are at the end our our 55km down the Orange River. Amazing, spectacular scenery the whole way. And not a drop of rain! Infact the factor 50 came in useful for more than just my Scottish skin!! Although I did return with some rather varied tan (or burn) lines!
We set off from basecamp on Day 1. The river was amazing - very peaceful (certainly no "white water" components). We spent the first night in Namibia. After climbing out of the boats, pulling them up the embankment we made camp. Little did we know that where we were sleeping was actually a walk way for the goat herders. The next day we found that they actually walk faster than we raft :o) There is always a token English guy on trips like this ... who brings his own tent! And who incidently wears a Batman outfit to raft down the river! The rest of us slept under the stars and rafted in our swim-suits!