Riding between ocean and desert – Namibia

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My friends and I decided to be adventurous and explore Southern Africa by motorbike. Not knowing what to expect we flew to Windhoek where we were met and transferred to our hotel. Later that evening we met at a restaurant for dinner to discuss the tour that lay ahead of us.

Let’s go to Etosha National Park

The following morning our adventure began, leaving Windhoek and on to Etosha. We were driving on beautiful quiet roads at first in order for us to get used to the motorbikes. As the first Springboks came in sight we realized, that we were leaving civilization behind us and approaching unspoilt natural wilderness. That evening we checked into a small, cozy Guest House just outside Etosha National Park.

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The third day began with an exciting morning game drive. Seeing animals like giraffes, kudus and rhinos up close was quite an experience.

Petrified Forest > > Skeleton Coast > > Cape Cross

Our journey continued halfway westbound towards the ocean and the desert. We stopped for a visit at the Petrified Forest to see the eon-old fossilized trees. As the journey continued, we were driving along the road with the desert on our left hand side and the ocean on the right. A weird but unique experience! We came across a few shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast, after which the coast was named and thousands of Cape fur seals at Cape Cross. We reached Swakopmund that evening.
On day 6 we spent a day in Swakopmund. The area has many activities to offer, such as Quad biking through the dunes, a scenic flight over the Skeleton Coast, a visit to a township or even a tandem skydive 10,000 feet above the desert. Some of them were definitely worth a try.

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Walvisbaai > > Kuiseb Canyon/Gaub pass > > Solitaire

On the seventh day our journey continued towards Walvisbaai. We followed the coast till we reached the flamingo lagoon just outside Walvisbaai. We entered the desert once again and continued the ride through the impressive Kuiseb Canyon/Gaub pass and the Namib Desert till we reached Solitaire.It looks just like any other Namibian village: a petrol station, a shop and a bar. But there is one big difference: Moose’s apple pie!

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Sossusvlei > > Kalahari Desert > > Seeheim > > Fish River Canyon

In the light of the setting sun, the red dunes of Sossusvlei appear to grow higher and higher.The ride continued along the edge of the Kalahari Desert. The loneliness is interspaced with small towns like Bethanie, Helmeringhausen and Maltahöhe, often consisting of just a petrol station, a shop and a pub. After an overnight in Seeheim we continued the following morning towards Fish River Canyon, Africa’s grandest Canyon and the second largest in the world, passing through the Karoo on day 11 and over the mountain roads towards the Winelands of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

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The Karoo > > Franschhoek et Stellenbosh > > Cape Town

We travelled along the famous R 355, the longest stretch of empty road in South Africa. With impressive mountains in sight, we knew we were approaching the Winelands. We stopped for wine tasting in Stellenbosch before our journey continued to Cape Town where we spent a few days before going back home. An experience not to be missed and definitely worth repeating….

 

By Jameela Wagener

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