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Namibia (part 2) - The Dry

Namibia (part 2) – The Dry

Not much mentioning of the bike recently? Apart from one puncture (the first since Ghana, 8,000km ago) it’s been a smooth ride. Good tarmac roads since I left Lubumbashi – that’s 3,000km of excellent roads – and barely a hill in sight. Easy pedalling. Time to think; time to look around. Time to ponder and [...]

Photos of yet more hills and desert in southern Namibia

From Sesriem I took a short trip to Sossuvlei to see the dunes there. Pretty stunning but dunes nonetheless. And I’ve seen a lot of dunes now! But with all the rain there was a lake where the river ended and well, that was rather nice. After that, it was a real slog south to [...]

Photos from a day out at Rooisand Farm, Namibia

Three tiresome days from the coast in the direction of the Gamsberg Pass and I arrived at Rooisand Lodge. No, there’s no camping here. Oh. I asked to fill up my waterbottles instead. Instead, Tobias the manager said they were closing due to change of ownership but if I wanted there was a room (with [...]

Photos of Namibia’s Flora

There’s been a lot of rain in Namibia recently – much more than would usually be expected. And with rain, things grow. Namibia is in bloom!

Photos of Central Namibia – Coast to Dunes

From sleepy Swakopmund on the coast I headed south to Walvis Bay. Then it was a tough ride inland across the desert, up the Gamsberg Pass and down the Spreetshoogte Pass to Solitaire. Another day’s ride and I finally made it to Sesriem from where I went to see the famous dunes at Sossusvlei. Photos [...]

Photos of Swakopmund

Swakomund is Namibia’s second largest town. You could mistake it for being German. It’s also not very big. Sleepy too. Well, here are a few photos of the place…

Namibia (part 1) – The Wet

What’s not to love in Namibia? Beryl Markham, a remarkable woman who grew up in East Africa, wrote: ‘So there are many Africas. There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa… Being thus all things to all authors, it follows, I suppose, that Africa must be things to all readers. Africa is [...]

All About Lions in Botswana

All About Lions in Botswana

I left Kasane, with the words ‘I’m surprised you’re still living’, still ringing in my ears. The road from Kasane south to Nata passes through game reserves. This means more animals and less people. I would need plenty of water and to be on the lookout for elephants and lions. Concerned with lack of water [...]

Notes on Zambia - Is this really Africa?

Notes on Zambia – Is this really Africa?

Sometimes when you cross a border, you instantly know you’re in a different country. Perhaps a new language, a new uniform, now driving on the other side of the road. Sometimes, you would never know. Same scenery, same rough roads, same smiles, same stern officers. Crossing into Zambia, I instantly knew I was in a [...]

Photos of the Namibian desert – To the coast

The latest photos are from the ride from Uis to Henties Bay on the Namibian skeleton coast. Apart from sand, sky and my bike, there wasn’t really much else to photograph!! But it was beautiful…