We went to bed not knowing what our surroundings looked like and we woke to jaw dropping beauty. Spitzkoppe is breathtaking. Devon and I walked through some of the rocky hills and packed up our tent. Our campsite only came with a long drop toilet (basically a small fenced off enclosure with a toilet seat and deep hole in the ground) so we went down to the entrance where they had the shower stalls. The showers were really neat, there was no roof and the walls were built up with big stones. An open air shower in the brisk morning made me appreciate little luxuries like warm water.
After showers, we walked to the restaurant and ordered breakfast. Homemade rolls and an omelette for me, unknown animal sausage and eggs for Devon. Haha! It was nice to have a leisurely morning.
Back On The Road
Anticipating a quick drive to our next campsite in Damaraland we decided our mission today was to find the elusive desert elephants.
We quickly realized the drive was taking longer than anticipated and acknowledged that what our GPS and google maps said, and what we actually experienced were quite different. Many of the roads in Namibia are gravel. This means you can’t go too fast because it’s dangerous. The speed limit may be 100 km/h, locals may go 130 km/h and we were only comfortable going 80-90 km/h in some parts. It’s very easy to pick up speed on these roads because they are flat and you can see for miles however it is unsafe to zone out like that. We found that google maps would tell us it’s a 2 hour drive and in actuality it would take us 4 hours. This became discouraging but we did our best to keep up. Safety is most important!
Speaking of Safety
At about midday we had a hard time keeping the truck from swerving. Our back passenger side (left) tire had blown out and needed replacing. We hurried to change our tire and get back on the road. We mounted our flat to the back which led to many conversations with locals for the rest of the trip.
The scenery changed from sparsely populated countryside to rural villages with people hanging out together outside. The only “elephants” we saw throughout the day were actually a group of cows, ostriches, hills and a pile of rocks.
Damaraland and Hoada Campsite
Flooded with relief, we arrived at the campsite. We bought some Braai (BBQ) packs from reception and set up camp. The bugs were insane but luckily they died down after an hour or so. Our campsite was huge and was one of the best we stayed at. The shower and toilet area were built up with huge boulders to create privacy.
We finished off the night by having a great meal around the fire.