In the Namibian Bush

Our ride

Our ride

That, folks, is a huge off-road, diesel, 4×4, Mercedes truck.  The inside of which has been converted into a condo (think bed, sink, shower, toilet, table, fridge, etc).  It’s a massive thing that you can take almost anywhere.

And then it’s time for lunch.  We head back to the bakery, where we are treated (again) to an excellent meal – hell, they even had our names on our placemats.

The crew at lunch

The crew at lunch

After lunch, we’re on the road – heading to the campsite.  It’s not as remote as many of the places we have planned later in the trip – but it’s cozy and convenient. We spent two nights here and then moved.

In the shade

Setting up camp was so difficult, we took a break

Here are some pictures over those two days/nights.  Some of these pics are Cristelles, some ours, some Joep’s.

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Zebra fights

Zebra fights

Water hole

Water hole

Smallest antelope in Namibia

Smallest antelope in Namibia

Baby giraffe

Baby giraffe

Momma giraffe

Momma giraffe

Esquillo

Esquillo

Zebra

Fat Zebra

Oryx

Oryx

Elephants!

Elephants!

Don't drink this stuff

Don’t drink this stuff

Dinner and drinks

Dinner and drinks

Colors

Colors

Sundowners on the deck

Sundowners on the deck

Sundowners, again

Sundowners, again

One of those days we took off for a game-drive (some pics above).  Excellent stuff.  Ana and I were riding on the top of the big truck drinking beer/cider and taking pictures of all of the wild and weird animals.  Elephant, zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, wildebeest, etc.  Fun times.  A  privilege to be treated so well by our many hosts.  This was the day that Ana and I saw a very rare animal – the hyena.  It was too quick for a picture – but it was very, very cool.

Kudu

Kudu

More giraffe

More giraffe

This one (below) is a favorite, though the quality clearly sucks.  Zebras moved into our camp one night and we got close enough to take these pictures.  If you’re from the South, you might think this is like cow-tipping, but Zebras.

Zebra-tipping

Zebra-tipping

The morning following the game drive, we woke up very early.  I was freezing and had a bit of a headache, but I made it.  A light breakfast and we began taking down camp.  We were on the road early and we were heading to a different type of terrain in Namibia:  the rocky desert.  So we drove and drove and eventually pulled up at a cool campsite, nestled into some sizable boulders.  On top of many of the boulders baboons sat guard and screamed at us when we came close.

That day was a rest day.  We took a break and drank and ate and visited the pool.  Yes, that’s a pool overlooking the bush in the middle of Namibia.  We were spoiled.

Pool over the desert

Pool over the desert

And that makes this a good spot for a break.  Cheers!

Caipirinha's all around!

Caipirinha’s all around!