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Pictures of our 2nd Africa trip 2014 to Namibia
- Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
Namibia Map
                        Southern Africa Map
latest picture: November 24, 2014
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November 2nd, 1992: On board of the vessel “Luisa” of the MSC shipping line the film “Out of Africa” according to Karen Blixen’s book runs on the screen. It brings tears to Liliana’s eyes. It reflects exactly the mood we feel when in Cape Town we leave the African continent that we have crossed from North (Tanger/Morocco) to South (Capetown/South Africa) in four years and 63'000 miles with destination Fremantle in Australia.
July 1st, 2014: nearly 22 years later, coming from Cape Verde, we land once more in Africa – in Namibia, in the Southwest – for our second Africa adventure.
001  Indispensable for our second
African adventure (despite GPS):
Travel guide books and road maps
002  This was the route we travelled
in Namibia in 1992. There is not much
new land left in Namibia to discover for us
003  Emil is beaming! Coming from
Mindelo on Cape Verde, our Land
Cruiser arrived on July 17th, 2014,
in Walvis Bay. At Loubser’s
Backpacker he is storing our travel
bags on the car’s roof rack
004  At dune No. 7, about 6 miles
east of Walvis Bay, not much has
changed since May 13th, 1992. It still
conveys a real sense of desert …..
005  ….. but surprisingly there is still
some plant growth like this lovely trio
despite the long dry periods …..
006  ….. under a glorious blue sky
we shoot a remembrance picture
007  We enjoy a picnic together with
Adilla and Stephan at Dune No. 7.
They also shipped their LandCruiser
to Namibia and intend to explore
Africa north to Tanzania …..
008  ….. down is easier than up!
Both do not miss the chance to
climb up the 430 ft. high dune …..
009  ….. also this little guy wants
to try. For him it is more sliding
than climbing
010  Flamingos – lesser and greater
flamingos (Phoenicopterus minor und
roseus) as far as the eye can reach.
Along the Walvis Bay lagoon they roam
densely packed in their thousends (up to
250’000) through the shallow water
011  The southern wind is freezing due to
the Benguela current. We sit for hours in
our LandCruiser and watch these beautiful
birds. When they sleep they stand on one
leg and put their beak under a wing
012  The sun disappears at the Walvis
Bay lagoon. The flamingos are still
searching for food. They filter the
swirled up mud through their beaks
013  East of Walvis Bay, the deep
blue secluded pools between the
dunes are a true paradise and
sanctuary for birds …..
014  ….. also a few flamingos, some from
those 250’000 living around the Walvis Bay
Lagoon – a “Ramsar Natural Heritage Site”
– went “astray” here …..
015  ….. also white pelicans
(pelecanus onocrotalus) populate
one of the small dunes between the quiet
pools that sometimes nearly drie out
016  A flamingo high in the air impresses
us by its remarkable wingspan
017  Can a backdrop be more beautiful
for a remembrance picture? With this
photo we say good bye to the flamingos
at the Wavis Bay Lagoon
018  Along the Namibian Coast,
influenced by the cold Benguela Current
from Antarticta, not only flamingos
gather, but also Cape Cormorans
(Phalacrocorax capensis)
019  It tastes nice! Lunch on our
terrace at Loubser’s B&B
in Walvis Bay
020  Emil is arranging the evidences for
the Guinnesss Book of Records that we
have to submit for our yearly update
021  Our neighbors Adilla and Stephan
with their LandCruiser at Loubser’s B&B
yard in Walvis Bay. We spent a lovely time
with them, enjoying many delicious éclairs!
022  At the “Oceans Restaurant” at
the Walvis Bay waterfront there is not
only delicious food, but also an exotic
waitress with a lovely hairstyle
023  Always a smile on his face! A servant
at Loubser’s B&B in Walvis Bay
024  Good-bye picture with Lala, the
lady owner of Loubser’s B&B in Walvis
Bay where we spent 57 relaxed days
while firstly waiting for the arrival of our
Toyota and afterwards exhausting all
possibilities to get an Angola visa
025  Salt flats on the way to the
“Pelican Point”. The “Walvis Bay Salt
Works” want to boost soon their annual
output of 650’000 tons by about 50%
026  It feels good in the dunes! Here on
our way to the “Pelican Point” Peninsula
027  Sea gulls crow to the strong sea
breeze at “Pelican Point”. Its “Donkey
Bay” is also a surfing spot for inter-
national surfer who are waiting for the
“big wave” arriving from the Southwest
028  At “Pelican Point”, about 6 miles
beeline – 16 miles of track west of
Walvis Bay, close to the luxury hotel
near the lighthouse huge colonies of the
“Brown Fur Seals” (Arctocephalus
pusillus) are breeding …..
029  ….. the males are around 7.5ft in
length and weigh from 400-660lb. Females
are smaller, averaging 5.9ft in length and
weighing an average of 260 lb …..
030  ….. whether they waddle on
land or dive into the sea, these colossus
are always entertaining to watch
031  “Don’t dare to disturb us”! End
of November/Beginning of December it
is getting busier. Females give birth to their
pups. They remain in and around the
colony for the next ten to eleven months
032  A black ribbon of Cape fur seals
stretches along a big part of the coast of
“Pelican Point”. 23 huge seal colonies
breed at the Namibia and South African
Coast with tens of thousands of animals,
despite of the commercial cullings
033  On the right of the road sign to
Swakopmund and Windhoek is our
rolling “home”. On the left side uniform
low cost houses – former “townships”
– are stretching along the highway;
here Kuisebmund with about half of
the people of Walvis Bay
Swakopmund – Namibia’s premier holiday resort – is a treasure chest on German, well preserved,
restored and even new constructed colonial buildings, what adds to the city’s charm
034  Palm lined “Daniel Tjongarero
Ave.” (former Poststrasse) with the tower
of the Catholic Church of Swakopmund
035  (German) Evangelical
Lutheran church, consecrated 1912
036  New business building,
built in the old German colonial style
037  Beautifully restored building with
the tower of the “Woermann House”
in the background, built in 1905
038  Lighthouse, completed in 1902 –
21 years older than the one at “Pelican
Point” in Walvis Bay (picture # 28)
039  Reunion after 18 years with Anne
and Wilfried at the “Alte Brücke”
Campground in Swakopmund. We
met them for the first time begin of
April 1989 in Tamanrasset/Algeria
040  Liliana poses next to a termite
mound, which are characteristic of the
African savannah. The adamant walls
are difficult to break up. Predators are
anteater and armadillos. Whereas the
former cannot be found in Africa, the
pangolins only exist in Namibia’s south
041  Thorny acacia, adorned with
bird nests, belong to the African
savannah just as the termite mounds
042  Probably a nest of the rain
spider or huntsman spider
(genus Palystes), one of the biggest
spiders in Southern Africa
043  The Christ Church at the Robert
Mugabe Avenue in Windhoek is a
historic landmark, proclaimed as a
National Monument. It was built
1910 in what was then German
South-West Africa
044  The new, on March 20th, 2014,
inaugurated „Independence Memorial
Museum“ in Windhoek looks like a
“coffee grinder” and was planned
and built by North Koreans
045  At the Garden Restaurant
“Wirtshaus Windhoek” along
Independence Avenue we enjoy the
good German cuisine. We celebrate
the receipt of our Angolan visa
046  The “Elisenheim Guest Farm”,
about 9 miles north of the capital
(3.3 miles east of the main highway
B1 to Okahandja). The huge Australian
eucalyptus (Eucalyptus) rising
132 ft. towards the sky grows
through the restaurant roof
047  Our camping site at the “Elisenheim
Guest Farm” where we enjoy the
quietness and the birdlife …..
048  ….. our “regulars' table” with
the wireless internet on the patio of the
restaurant where Liliana is busy writing
the Angolan captions for our website
We enjoy the twittering of all the birds visiting us daily at the “Elisenheim Camping”:
049  A Lilac-breasted roller
(Coracias caudatus)
050  A Swallow-tailed bee-eater
(Merops hirundineus)
051  A southern masked weaver
(Ploceus velatus) building its nest:
It builds it at the edge of a palm leaf,
where snakes and other predators
cannot reach it. Time: About 1 day
052  The blue ribbon is a result of the
dammed-up river on the property of the
“Elisenheim Guest Farm”. It’s possible
to camp there “off the beaten track” .....
053  ….. Liliana overlooking the peaceful
mini reservoir, where at its shore camping
is also possible …..
054  ….. a bush fire is blazing in the
region spreading incredibly fast due to the
extreme dryness. Obviously it was arson
055  Liliana is walking to the antenna
at the “Elisenheim Guest Farm” –
660 ft. higher up …..
056  ….. view from the antenna
to our camping spot …..
057  ..... and far to the plains where the
new residential area (city) “Elisenheim”
with around 5’000 houses is under
construction (currently only about 200)
058  A tree, bent by timeless winds,
overlooking the plains towards the
north of Namibia
059  A squirrel in Africa? Apparently
they are native also to Namibia: Smith's
bush squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi)
060  The lights of the capital Windhoek
(here the North) sparkle in the plain.
Windhoek lies in a basin on an altitude
of about 5’600 ft. and counts about
350’000 people
061  Ursula, a co-camper and chiro-
practor from Germany, adjusts Liliana’s
"Sacroiliac Joint" on our camping table,
which dislocated because of an abrupt
move during chilly temperature. A painful
and tedious convalescence with
medication followed
062  Emil, the “handy man”,
repairs Liliana’s shoes
063  Happy faces and celebration
at the occasion of a re-encounter after
25 years: In the African bush, the
Swiss Fondue offered by Dorly
and Wolfgang with their Iveco
tastes even better!
064  Side by side at the same palm
leaf: A bird's nest and a wasp nest
065  A peaceful picture of togetherness:
The rock pigeon (Columba guinea)
is a resident of the African savannah
066  A golden-tailed woodpecker
(Campethera abingoni) is busy
knocking on a knobby tree
Creepy crawlies that appear on our campsite:
067  A tarantula respectively camel
spider (Solifugae) feeding on a moth
068  A turtle creeping
past our LandCruiser
069  A millipede on the run
They are never far away:
070  The groundscraper thrush
(Psophocichla litsitsirupa) dashing
round with its fairly long legs
071  The Southern Yellowbilled
Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) that
regularly interrupts Emil’s siesta when
it wants something to pick
072  The blue feathers of the Cape
Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
are glistening beautifully in the sunshine
073  Two shy dik-diks (Madoqua
kirkii) scan attentively their surroundings.
At the shoulder they are only about
12 to 15 inches tall
074  Two treacherous baboons (chacma
baboons - Papio ursinus). They are waiting
for an opportunity to snatch some food
from campers and leave behind a mess
075  “Watch out, an intruder is
approaching!” An ever watchful yellow
mongoose, also called “red meerkat”
(Cynictis penicillata). It eats lizards,
insects and scorpions
076  Swainson's spurfowl (Pternistis
swainsonii) are searching for seeds and
bread crumbs. They cackle so loud that
one could get a hearing damage
077  Even a locust (Phymateus baccatus)
can be impressive
078  The Crimson-breasted shrike
(Laniarius atrococcineus) makes itself
felt through its short whistle. It eats
worms and lays its eggs preferably
into another birds nest
African moods near the “Elisenheim Guest Farm” that delight us over and over again:
079  The evening light makes
the hill to glow
080  The setting sun bewitches us
with its play of crimson clouds
081  The moon is rising behind
the golden gleaming savannah
Continuation to the next Namibia page: Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border and back again
The "Greater"-Middle East trip 2012/13 + Cape Verde 2013/14:
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Oman 2013 – Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 – Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 – Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Iran - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) May 2013
Iran - part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh May 2013
Turkey - Iran Border-Esendere-Hakkari-Van-Dogubayazit-Kars-Ardahan-Hopa-Georgia Border May 28 to June 4, 2013
Georgia - part 1: Ajaria-Gori-Tbilisi-Kakheti-Azerbaijan Border June 4 to 13, 2013
Azerbaijan - Georgia Border-Balakan-Seki-Lahiç-Baku-Xinaliq-Quba-Laza-Baku-Ganca-Georgia Border June 13 to 24, 2013
The African trip 2013-15:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa