Seen Around the Farm (Okambara)

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The young bull elephants having a tussle at the water hole. This is actually an important part of their development into adult elephants.

 

Sundowner

One of the more popular things to do here in Namibia (as a tourist, anyways, and I try to do it myself, to take special note at the end of the day) is to go on a “Sundowner”. That’s marking the special moment of the day when the sun goes down. I like to give thanks at the end of the day because I lead such a lucky life. A sundowner is a great way to do it!

Here’s my sundowner at Uis (Namibia):

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Great companions are always welcomed!

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert. It’s just a couple hundred kilometers south of Windhoek, but I had never traveled there until a couple of days ago with Renedian Adventures’ motorcycle tour. Let me tell you: it’s a magical place. I don’t have too many pictures from there because of a surprising turn of events: I was actually so scared climbing the dunes that I forgot to take pictures! Here are a few marvels along the way before I got too scared to photograph:

 

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Those are my pictures above.

Here are some I have borrowed from the Interwebs:

 

Courtesy www.namibian.org

 

Courtesy www.namibian.org

 

Sossusvlei is a place I need to go back to. It’s magnificent and so very peaceful.

Motorcycle Touring in Namibia

Well, my dream finally came true and I was able to ride a motorcycle (a BMW F650 GS) in Namibia. I joined up with a great group of people on a Renedian Adventures motorcycle safari (www.Renedian.com) and met delightful people, rode great roads, and ate way too much good food. I now have new friends and several kms of riding in Africa under my belt.

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Off the Farm for a Week

I’ve been on Okambara for the past month and have loved it, but it’s time for a little change. I’m in Windhoek getting supplies, catching up with new friends and recharging.

New friends Nerys & Keryn

New friends Nerys & Keryn

 

Of course, I’m never too far from a motorcycle. Next up:

Zulu Overland - Renedian Adventures Bikes

 

Yes, a motorcycle tour! :-)

Up close and personal with the elephants

One of the things we do on Okambara is observe the elephants’ feeding behaviors in order to determine what a sustainable number of elephants are for a given size of farm. Some days we can see them easily, and other days they are difficult to see. (It’s absolutely amazing to me how one can “lose” a herd of 9 elephants on a farm!) The other amazing thing is how QUIET they can be. Sure, they trumpet at each other every once in a while, but normally they are near-silent. Pretty amazing given their size.

 

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But we came around the corner and saw this:

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going…

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going…

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going…

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2 going…

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2 going x 2…

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gone…without a sound!

 

Here’s our encounter the other day: