Namibia Travels – Chapter 2 – Preparation and Planning.

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Briga-dune!! Prepare yourself for more of these appalling puns

To many, Namibia is a country that has more colour in its history than its landscapes. To others it is an insignificant blotch on the map of Africa, and is of little consequence. To Namibians, it is a place of such raw, stark and spectacular beauty that it can “make a stone weep” [Jim Corbett; 1875-1955 – conservationist, naturalist, photographer and hunter]. It certainly brought tears to my eyes on several occasions, and only some of it was because of the sore knee.

The Namib desert is one of the oldest, hottest, driest deserts on the planet. It forms a significant portion of the country, and specifically the Namib-Naukluft National Park; which is the largest game reserve in Africa. People die here from any number of causes.

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Parabuthus of the family Buthidae – under our tent in Etosha.

Of the more exotic causes of death, sandblasting certainly ranks amongst the more unusual. If this is the way you want to go, Namibia’s the place, because the highest wind speeds ever recorded on earth were plotted in the Sperrgebiet (http://www.met.gov.na/Documents/Sperrgebiet%20National%20Park.pdf) . If the heat, sand, isolation, cold or flood don’t do you in, there is also terrifying selection of creatures, all ready and willing to inflict a wretched, agonising, grisly death on the unwary. Any decision, therefore, to get a pedestrian’s eye view of such a country ought to be taken with a goodly dollop of care, research and preparation; and, of course, a sizeable wad of cash.

Thus it was that we divided our areas of preparation into the following categories:

  • Health
  • Food & water
  • Vehicle
  • Communications
  • Photographic
  • Camping & accommodation
  • Route

Mindful that you may want to embark upon a similar adventure, your writer will be devoting some time to these topics in future posts so save you research time.

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About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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