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Aug 12, 2019 - Lambert's Bay to Noordoewer

Another long driving day, the highlight being the border crossing into Namibia - and being questioned about the kangaroo &emu on the cover of my passport and being asked if we eat them. The closer we got to Namibia, the harsher the environment bcame. And then the surprise of vineyards. We stayed for the night just across the border on the banks of the Orange River = a little oasis

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Apr 25, 2012 - A different Anzac Day

Up early and we have an ad hoc dawn service beside the river – looking across the river to Namibia. Bob reads the service, Angela a prayer and David says a few words and the Ode. Very different from our dawn service of last year in France. At 8am we are fitted up with life jackets and are loaded onto the back of a truck – a quick drive up the river. Our guide is a young South African (white) working while on holidays from uni. He is studying to be a high school maths teacher – I have not doubt his classes will be full of fourteen year old...

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Apr 24, 2012 - And onto the border

We learn our lessons well and our tents are packed and stowed well before time. Sofie provides breakfast, cereal and toast – and like good little students we are on our way just ahead of our deadline. A long days travel. We stop in Springbok for sometime to buy groceries, some light blankets and a doona for our Canadian – last night was quite cold and some of us decide we need to add a few layers. The big esky is also filled with ice, beer and wine. Anna and Sofia do a big shop for the kitchen, as it will be a couple of days before we have...

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Jan 9, 2012 - South Africa Leg

After leaving Cape Town we spent two day making our way north to the Namibian border. The landscape became more arid, but initially the dryness was interrupted by groves of citrus trees and wheat fields. By Day 2, however, the terrain had become barren and desert-like. On the second evening we reached our camp along the Orange River which is the longest river in South Africa and which also forms the border with Namibia.

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Overlanding Africa

Sep 3, 2007 - Orange River

Up nice and early to take tents down, do this every morning before breakfast. Drove through more vinyards then across Namaqualand which is beautiful. Very dry desert with lots of rocks but it is the season for wildflowers so they are just beginning to come out. Such wonderful colours. Orange river is beautiful, right on the boarder to Namibia. Got to camp and set up then went for a swim in the river, very nice and actually warm which was surprising. My group of three was on cook help so we went to help Joseph (the cook) prepare the meal....

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