My knowledge of Namibia prior to this trip was sketchy. I knew Namibia had also been known as South West Africa and was once a German colony. I remember the South African weather forcast in the 1980s always used to start with ‘Walvis Bay’ and the forcast would inevitabley be ‘Fog’. I had a lot to learn.
I retrospect, we did not need to have a 4x4 in Namibia, you could do it all in a VW Polo the roads are so good! We also did not realise that there is a skill to using the 4x4 controls and if we had have needed it we would not have know what to do.
2nd Real 4x4
Art for sale in the shopping mall.
We then thought we would get to grips with the Toyota and set off to the Daan Viljoen Game Park. This small game park is located 18km to the West of Windhoek. It was a beautiful spot, hilly with open thorn-scrub vegetation. But the best and most unexpected thing was the wildlife. I have never seen such wildlife so close to a city before, we saw Wildebeest, Zebra, Warthogs and loads of birds. It looked like there was a restaurant by the dam, but it was closed. There were very nice picnic areas and a Camp Site with self catering bungalows . It turns out that you can book the camping through the NWR office located in Windhoek and when we go again we will stay here.
We got very lost going back to Windhoek, I think we ended up in an area called Soweto. I stopped and asked a lady the way and she pointed us in the right direction. As we were so late back we ate at Villa Verdi, the meal was not up to much, but we were tired by then and just glad to get into our bed!