09.07.2017 34 °C
6 July 2017
Breakfast was at the B&B and we were underway just after 7.30am. The South African couple left the tour yesterday and two Australian couples have joined us, so the tour is now at the maximum of 20 people for the next leg.
We travelled for around two hours before stopping at a roadside market selling polished stones and jewellery. Then we continued up the road to Spitzkoppe, massive granite formations in the desert. A guide took us for a walk for one and a half hours – a very hot walk. He talked about the desert vegetation, showed us the rock art painted by the San tribesmen and took us to the arch.
We had lunch at the base of the massive rocks, searching for whatever shade we could find. We were back on the road around 1.30pm.
Today the roads were even worse than before (hardly seems possible) and progress was slow. We had a toilet stop at a petrol station. There was a little shop with almost bare shelves but the freezer was full of Magnum ice creams, which were very popular with our tour group. Of course I had an ice cream – anyone who has travelled with me knows that I love a Magnum. It will be a lasting memory of this trip … eating a decadent ice cream in a very remote place in Namibia while watching people go past in carts drawn by donkeys.
After another long hot day on dusty bumpy roads we finally arrived in Khorixas and the Igowati Lodge. William said this was the worst accommodation on the trip but I really liked my room and the beautiful grounds. Dinner was at the truck – minestrone soup, springbok stew, cabbage and pap (gluggy white stuff that looks like mashed potato). At least the soup and cabbage were good. A local group came and sang and danced for us … for a donation of course.