Wild Adventure – Namibia an Kgalagadi – Day 3 – Springbok to Ai Ais
29 October 2018
This morning we were all up at 7 getting ready for departure. We had rusks, cereal and coffee for breakfast and The Earl and I set off ahead of The Mools as we would be travelling a tad slower. It’s a good thing we did this because as we neared Steinskop we became aware of an awful knocking sound on the rear right of the car. We contacted the Mools who had not yet left Springbok and told them we would turn into the Steinkopf to have it checked out. Well, the mechanics at the local garage didn’t have a high lift so we had to head back to Ford in Springbok. The Mools had just left but turned back saying they thought they should rather wait for us.
I phoned ahead to tell the mechanics that we needed emergency assistance and they were quite willing to see us immediately. The Mools had a flask of boiling water and we found a shady spot, set out my cups on a chopping board, hauled out the cookies and rusks and had a little coffee party next to the forecourt!
Luckily it was an easily sorted problem – the paper label had come loose from the prop shaft and was hitting against it making an unholy noise. With that sorted were back on the road by 10:30.
We reached Vioolsdrift just before midday and the border crossing went smoothly. It was not at all busy
Then we were in Namibia!
We filled up with fuel then drove through the desolate landscape of semis dessert. The rocks are phenomenal! Sometimes it looked like a pile of boulders had been poured onto the side of the road by a huge dump truck. It felt like we were driving on another moon like planet.
Check in at Ai Ais went smoothly and we set up camp under some shady trees. By five we were ready for our first swim in the hot pools
The wind got up in the evening so we decided not to braai and instead ate at the restaurant. Pat had Schnitzel, I had chicken breast with cheese sauce and the men had rump steak. The steak was a bit sinewy but very tasty. We all enjoyed our meal but had to fetch our own wine as they had run out of the type they sold by the glass. That saved us R40 each!
Our first day in Namibia went well! More of our adventure to follow.