Saturday, 12 April, 2003
A day of firsts today... First time I have flown from Terminal 4, first time I have flown on a 747, first time I have left Europe.
Sunday, 13 April, 2003
2am saw a slightly more interesting experience, the plane suddenly, over the middle of the Sahara, hitting turbulence, or something similar, and then rapidly moving several hundred feet down in a very short amount of time!, 5:00 and as we fly over Swakopm
Monday, 14 April, 2003
This is the life, just sitting out on a balcony overlooking the South Atlantic with a slight breeze making the warm sun all that more pleasant.
Tuesday, 15 April, 2003
Time today to just look round the town myself, I looked in the museums that the town has to offer, the Aquarium with its collection of local marine wildlife and models of the coastline of Namibia showing that within a couple of hundred meters of the coast
Wednesday, 16 April, 2003
Very early start today as we have to be in Walvis bay by 7:45 to go Kayaking with dolphins and seals. After an hours drive round the coast, past the salt pans and over the desert we reach the spit of land that forms the outer part of the natural harbour a
Thursday, 17 April, 2003
Last nights storm took a slightly different turn during the night and the winds came across from the desert, subsequently the whole of the town has a slight surplus of sand that has blown in!
Friday, 18 April, 2003
Setting off from Spitskoff we drive round to the side of the mountain to go to the Bushmans pass, a clamber up the side of the mountain (at least they provide you with a chain to hang onto) to see spectacular views over the desert and to view what remains
Saturday, 19 April, 2003
The plan for the morning is to visit the petrified forest, which we do. Trees that were washed onto the plain many thousands of years ago then covered by the desert and perfectly preserved as rocks before being uncovered again when the sands moved away. A
Sunday, 20 April, 2003
A full day in Etosha with a game drive before breakfast, a drive across the park to the middle camp for lunch and then a drive across the remainder of the park to the evening campsite.
Monday, 21 April, 2003
Another game drive before breakfast. This time in the van which had been repaired and delivered late last night to the camp.
Tuesday, 22 April, 2003
A very, very early start to climb to the top of Waterbergplateau so that we could watch sunrise over the hills. It was a spectacular sight watching the colour slowly appear across the sky and then across the landscape.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2003
After a very, very comfortable sleep on a mattress, for the first time in 6 days I left the hotel and got the courtesy minibus to Eros airport and then my flight back to Walvis Bay.
Thursday, 24 April, 2003
Final full day in Namibia and my Sister took me out to the Camel farm in the desert to go camel riding.
Friday, 25 April, 2003
And so my time in Africa was coming to an end. I was picked up from my Sisters flat and driven to the airport to catch the (uneventful) flight back to Cape Town where I had a 5 hour wait before my flight to the UK.