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Southern Circle: Day 12

Tyre blow out and travel day to Windhoek

sunny 32 °C

10 July 2017

We had another 7.00am departure with a day of over 500kms ahead of us. After about 5 minutes of leaving the lodge we heard a loud bang … our luck had run out, after driving on all the rough roads a tyre had blown out. But we were within the park and you are not allowed to leave your vehicle. A quick check revealed it was an inside back tyre and we travelled very slowly towards the park exit before it could be changed.

Once we reached the gates it took about 30 minutes to remove the two tyres and replace them.There was a huge hole in the tyre. We watched the sniffer dog check the vehicles leaving the park for any animal products. There was heated words with the occupants of one vehicle and they shut the gate on that car until it was sorted out.


The lunch stop was near the road outside a service station and across the road from the Okahandja markets. We had some time to look through the markets but I wasn’t really interested – I’ll have a good look at the markets at Victoria Falls. We had yummy hamburgers for lunch and got back on the road.

We arrived in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, around 3.00pm and had a guided tour of the city. The guide was hard to understand, it was very hot and I was tired so the tour wasn’t very enjoyable. Windhoek didn’t look too exciting. But I do remember the guide saying this building and that building was paid for by North Korea in exchange for a uranium deal. There is a Fidel Castro Ave and Robert Mugabe Ave … Namibia has the best friends!

It was another 20km to our accommodation at Heja Game Lodge … we left the highway and went on and on down a terrible sandy road to the lodge. No truck dinner tonight, we were on our own with an option to take a taxi for the long trip back to Windhoek or eat at the lodge, which everyone did. I enjoyed having some time in my room catching up (wifi again!) on writing and photos.

A boring travel day with very few photos after the photography overload of the last couple of days.

Posted by MissWalker 09:24 Archived in Namibia

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