MandB’s african adventure – Namibia 1

Hello everyone, we’ve had a wonderful month with Sue and Little Dave in Namibia – here’s the story…

Sue and Dave flew to Windhoek, and we spent a day wandering round the historic city…

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It wasn’t long before we awoke the beast and set off north on our road trip…

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First stop was Waterberg Plateau Park, walked to the top of the plateau for a great sunset, and walked back down for several sundowners in the great colonial bar.  Sue and Dave had their first camp fire meal, even though the chef was slightly sloshed…

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We headed to Etosha National Park for a few days, saw loads of animals and had great fun bundu bashing…

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Travelled further north into the bush with a stopover at Nakambale ‘tented camp’ run by the local community…

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Reached the Angola Border and found gorgeous spot on Kunene River for a few days camping, fishing, walking, and a fabulous sundowner river trip…

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Check out this record breaker…

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The girls enjoyed scintilating after dinner conversation…

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Finally reached our destination, Epupa Falls, a breathtaking and untouched place.  We arrived for full moon, so after a dip in the pools, we found a fab spot for a long sundowner and moonupper session…

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On the way South again and we stopped over at Ongongo Bush Camp, where we had a dip in the natural spring before bed.  The next morning we were bombarded by a crazy dust storm as we packed up… urg

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After 12 days of camping (and everything full of dust) we were all looking for some luxury, so stopped for a couple of nights at The White Lady in Uis, where we watched the sun rise over Brandberg Mountain…

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Feeling refreshed we headed towards the incredible Skeleton Coast, had a great day exploring the beach and seeing the masses of seals and jackals at Cape Cross colony (it honked!).  We stopped at Henties Bay for the best seafood meal of the trip…

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We stayed in Swakopmund for a few days, in a cute pink bungalow, and explored the great town and ate alot of fresh fish…

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Matt and Dave spent one day deep sea fishing, on a boat called Casanova.  They caught loads and brought home Cob and Blacktail, for a great bbq.  Meanwhile Sue and Bonnie shopped and visited the Crystal Gallery… perfect day for everyone!

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The next day we all had a real treat, a sunrise hot air balloon ride.  It was a fab wedding pressie from Andy, Mich and boys. Thank you so much guys, it was stunning and finished off perfectly with a champers brekky…

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The dunes just outside Swakopmund were a perfect sundown spot (poor Sue was slaving away at the laundrette!)…

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Last night in Swakopmund we had a great meal at The Tug, overlooking the ocean…

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We had an eventful trip to Sesriem, amazing passes, world famous apple pie and a puncture…

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We had to stay in the Sesriem overflow campsite (aka dustbowl), but we escaped to the nearby posh lodge for a great dinner.  It was all worth it for the fantastic sunrise and morning wandering in the dunes.

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We had an unplanned stopover at Hardap Dam on our way South, and finished off the rest of the sea fish in a great curry.  It was such a great place we decided to spend more time there on our way back up…

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Stopped over at a crazy animal orphanage.. cheetahs, meercats, eland, warthog and a three legged pug all wandering around the camp.  We saw an amazing sunset at Quivertree Forest and clambered around the Giants’ Playground…

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Eventually we arrived at our most southerly destination; Fish River Canyon.  We stayed at Ai Ais, bathed in the Hot Springs, saw spectacular views of the Canyon and had a great afternoon at Canon Lodge where we bought loads of cheese, kudu and lamb…

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Arrived back at Hardap Dam where we booked into a luxury bungalow for three nights of relaxation and good food (spot the kudu fillet). It’s a really peaceful place with lots of birds and wildlife, and although the fellas could see loads of fish, they didn’t catch one!…

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The trip ended back in Windhoek, and we celebrated both our wedding anniversaries with a lovely meal out and loads of champers…

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Matt didn’t want his folks to leave so kidnapped Little Dave…

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More food (!) for our farewell lunch, before we dropped off Sue and Dave at the airport.  We were both very sad to see them go, the last month has been just brilliant…

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Only a month left now til we are back in rainy ole blighty, can’t say we are completely looking forward to it, looking forward to seeing you lot tho!

Lots of love us xxxxx

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Comments for m_and_b:you have 31 comments

Jan Lombard
I was born and bred in Namibia but now living in Bloemfontein,(sorry) Looked like u had the best times there. U cannot have the same anywhere else in the world. Pity there is lots of people that thinks going to Seyshelles or Mauritius or Hawai is better, they just did not had THE experience. Your site just got me serious homesick

08 Nov 2007
Kourosh
I want to go to dubai soon, I will stay in Dhow palace hotel, Im happy that you enjoyed there. I hope me tooo.

15 Sep 2007
Christiane
Dear Matt & Bonnie,
It was wonderful following your adventures all through since we met in Dar Es Salaam / Kipepeo. And reading your last blog gave me goose pimples and almost some tears. It must be quite different when this blasting and breathtaking journey suddenly comes to an end and you are thrown back into “reality”. However, I am certain that you have brought home a heart full of African emotions and loads of new ideas for the coming years. Please let us know, when you open up your backpacker’s lodge in GB, or go on another travel – we would love to join you again… Coming through Germany one day – do not miss to visit us! H&K, Nane* & Florian

27 Aug 2007
Gerry Ashworth
Hi bothI am so envious of you all, what a wonderful time you are having, a trip of a life time. It has been so intersting catching up on your travels, I have sending them on to a work colleague who is off to Africa at the end of the month to work in a wildlife sanctuary….Hope you are all wellBye for nowGerry xxxxx

07 Aug 2007
Gerry Ashworth
Hi bothI am so envious of you all, what a wonderful time you are having, a trip of a life time. It has been so intersting catching up on your travels, I have sending them on to a work colleague who is off to Africa at the end of the month to work in a wildlife sanctuary….Hope you are all wellBye for nowGerry xxxxx

07 Aug 2007
Trenberthies
Wonderful pictures and congratulations on the anniversary, can’t beleive it is 12 months!
Looking forward to meeting up at the next family gathering.Love and best wishes.

22 Jul 2007
Graham Boyles
WOW WOW WOW

18 Jul 2007
Sam
Just had to send another one.. sorry! Wow, Matt congrats on i the fishin… BRUTES MAN and the CROCS.. WAHT!! wHat ayieeeeeee bwana u are i kazi! Miss u!!

21 Jun 2007
Sam
Hey my fine feathered friends! WOW I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS! I am gutted I cannot come join u again! Bots, Chobe, Okovango all look amazing and to see that Elephant being munched… wHat!!
Slaggy – hair cut you ape! Bonza hot as ever! Enjoy Namibia and try not to lose wee dave stagg in a dune! Love to all, miss you! Sam xx

21 Jun 2007
Russ Elliott
m_and_b
love the blog, great stories and photos. Looking forward to catching up when you return to UK. Love and best wishes Russ

20 Jun 2007
Jo Spicer
Well be de hokey, ye do seem to be havin a right good time of it now!! Hey you guys and holy cow!! Those photos are just fantastic, even of your paltry haul in Shakawe Fishing Lodge – I’m sure Bonnie’s been telling you for years Matt that size isn’t everything!! Like I need an excuse, but I think you may have cemented another trip to the dark continent for me next year. By the looks of things you’re both keeping well. Enjoy Namibia and looking forward to the next installment. Much love, Jo

19 Jun 2007
Christiane & Florian
Dear Matt & Bonnie,
We would love to tell you how much we love your travel blogs and how much we enjoy your adventurous stories. Gives us a pieces of Africa every few weeks. Thanks a lot for that! Enjoy Namibia, wonderful space of earth (Christiane was working there in 2004/2005).
Looking very much forward to seeing/reading your next blog.
Take care, Christiane & Florian (we met in Dar Es Salaam at the Kipepeo Camp Site)

19 Jun 2007
Sam and Stu
Hello White Water Rafter Explorers !!!Thrilled that you had such a great time with our wedding pressie and the photos are just great. You two look you are having such an amazing time I am soooo jealous !!Matt not sure I am loving the David Bellamy look but it did make me laugh out loud on the first day back from our holiday in Peru so thank you !Loads of love to you bothSam and Stu xxxP.S. I am clearly getting old as it has taken me 3 attempts to work out what Mark from Derbyshire was asking for !!!!

11 Jun 2007
Mark Derbyshire
Hi guys, u dont no me, but i may no glenton coombes from my school days at st andrews school turi, near molo kenya. he has a younger brother called murray. if its the same guy and u happen to ave his contact details is it possible i cud ave them or cud u pass on my e mail to him, ta. hope u continue 2 ave a great time, dead jealous.

11 Jun 2007
chloe
hi guys! looking forward to seeing you when you’re back in aug! these photos are just amazing – but the best thing by far is matt’s facial hair. love you lots c xxxxxx

10 Jun 2007
Sam
Matt n Bonza, well I finally made it back to Dublin…. My reputable tour leader and his fantastic leak proof tent managed to get me back home safe n sound. Miss you guys, had a ball, and Jo says HI!!!
Will be in touch, thanks for sarahs details. lover!!

17 May 2007
Rachel
Hellooo
I was in Zambia at Easter and loved it. I was visiting my step sister and we had a week full of little adventures. the falls were amazing and (not surprisingly) very wet!!
lovely to see your pictures and hear the tales
Rach x

11 May 2007
Baboon 1
Matt and Bonnie, if you had bought the argos super-tents, there is no way that dog would have got through. I suppose you live and learn and were not with a reputable tour operator! Keep it up, enjoying the blog.

09 May 2007
Em
Hi Matt and Bonnie! Sorry I havent been in contact! Bloody rubbish! Your trip looks and sounds amasing! We are heading to South Africa next jan so looking at some of these Photos is getting me very excited! Hope your honeymoon is going well, not too many arguements! Very Very jealous! Stuck in Eng doing dissertations! boring! Family is all good, Lucy is home, so the arguments start!!!! She had a wicked time in South America as you can imagin! Take care guys lots of love and happy traveling Emxx

20 Jan 2007
Phezza
Cheers guys – great photies as usual! Looks like you’re having a fab time…jealous bla bla and all the rest of it!
Take care, Phezantine

17 Jan 2007
Eliz Atkinson
hello Katy and Anthony and Happy New Year to everyone! Is that you, Katy in the picture that has appeared on my screen?
Love
Mum Dad richard and Sarah xxxx

31 Dec 2006
Sam and Stu
Hello Strangers !!!

Can’t believe I haven’t logged onto the blog for such a long time….but hey there is crime to fight in not so sunny Surrey….HONEST ! The photos are amazing and you look like you are having the time of your life. What an amazing memory this is going to be. Life is good this end almost Christmas so it is the usual old b*llocks of the shops being rammed to capacity and people buying more food than can possible eat…wish you were here…NOT…in fact wish we were there. News on the work front if you didn’t know already is that Kirsty is expecting baby number two which we were all thrilled about that. Apart from that it is the same old same old !

Loads of love to you both and we will have mulled wine for you over Christmas. Have a very happy Christmas and a great New Year !

Loads of love

Sam and Stu

19 Dec 2006
Sam and Stu
Hello Strangers !!!

Can’t believe I haven’t logged onto the blog for such a long time….but hey there is crime to fight in not so sunny Surrey….HONEST ! The photos are amazing and you look like you are having the time of your life. What an amazing memory this is going to be. Life is good this end almost Christmas so it is the usual old b*llocks of the shops being rammed to capacity and people buying more food than can possible eat…wish you were here…NOT…in fact wish we were there. News on the work front if you didn’t know already is that Kirsty is expecting baby number two which we were all thrilled about that. Apart from that it is the same old same old !

Loads of love to you both and we will have mulled wine for you over Christmas. Have a very happy Christmas and a great New Year !

Loads of love

Sam and Stu

19 Dec 2006
chris /martina
Hey Guys, Looking good!! You guys look as though you are having the time of your lives. It is cold,wet and dark in UK (no change there then) Martina and I will not be able to get to the coast for new year which is upsetting. we will call you at the coast on a phone (prob Jethwa’s) Love your blog page, wish I had done a simular trip.
Loads of love and keep safe Chris and martina XXXXXXXXXX

04 Nov 2006
Simon
Hey guys,

Looks like fun. Where are you now…. Ive just sailed down from Mozambique and will be in Durban for the next couple of days. Lost my phone on a big night out in Tofu so lost your details. Drop me an email on sibarber1@hotmail.com as leaving the boat coz the skippers a cnut.

Gay Si

06 Oct 2006
Gerry Ashworth
Oh my God, those pictures are amazing. Not sure if I would go down the skinny caves, I would get stuck!!!

Love to Bonnie and Matt

18 Sep 2006
Chris
Hi Guys, Looks like your having fun!!!! Enjoy and keep safe.
Love Chris

08 Sep 2006
Big Willy
watcha sam ..it looks amazing ..too cool bwana you guys really enjoy and we are waiting for you in kenya , love jay

29 Aug 2006
Sam
Hi,
This is wicked, great to see that you’re having loads of fun! Erm looking like we have Kenya almost sorted for everyone (22-26 of us!!!). Looks like Diani not Malindi but will keep ya posted.
See ya soon, Joanna the wench says hi!

29 Aug 2006
Judi Stagg
What great photos. It all looks amazing and you both look great. Will look forward to the next update. Thanks for sharing your honeymoon.

Lots of love, Judi and Howard

29 Aug 2006
Sam (of Sam&Stu xx)
Oi you two….stop having my holiday from last year…it is making me jealous !!!!

Sam xxx

29 Aug 2006
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Friday July 2007