Namibia Chapter 4–Preparation–Food & Water.

Whether it is truffles or tramezzini, bully beef or Beef Wellington, we are of the belief that “there is no excuse for poorly prepared food”.Mindful of this axiom, we tried to ensure that we took the minimum necessary herbs, spices and cooking equipment to adequately prepare whatever we found in Namibia. Also, knowing we wouldn’t be in the bush all the time meant we would be able to obtain fresh supplies from shops in Namibia. As a result we didn’t deem it necessary to plan each meal.

The original plan was to traverse northern Namibia from the Caprivi to the Kaokoveld – or vice versa. I knew from past experience that the region was sparsely populated, with mainly poor, rural subsistence farmers. As novel as this trip was, the notion of (a) buying food from their meagre supplies and (b) eating goat and sadza (a type of maize meal porridge) five times a week did pall somewhat. So, for those times when dry rations were required we took a couple of packets of soups and the ubiquitous noodles. We also took emergency food in the form of freeze dried meals from a New Zealand company called Back Country Cuisine, whom we consider to make the tastiest, best quality emergency rations.

Back Country Cuisine bag o food                       Back Country Cuisine bag o food2

Water was our next area for attention.

Namibia, being synonymous with desert, drought, dryness and thirst made us ensure we had the water component taken care of. Of course, at the time, we hadn’t heard of all the flooding and water lying throughout the country. No, that would have saved us money.

Experience has taught yours truly that water purification tablets, while cleaning the water to an extent – often make the water decidedly unpalatable. The addition of cool drink concentrate simply adds sweetness to the questionable taste and does little if anything to quench the thirst.

We invested in two 40litre water tanks, which the alert reader will observe on top of the truck’s canopy in the photograph below (no, there won’t be any prizes). In addition, we bought two water bottles with a built in filter system from Outdoor Warehouse. The unexpectedly plenteous water supply in Namibia obviated the use of the water bottles so I cannot report on their effectiveness. Maybe next trip.

Bakkie with watertanks

The Toyota with Green water tanks on front of canopy.

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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4 Responses to Namibia Chapter 4–Preparation–Food & Water.

  1. DanEastSide says:

    cool post, watch out for snakes.

    • Hi DanEastSide,

      Thanks for the kind words sir. We definitely did keep a lookout for snakes (a bit of an amateur herpetologist/conservationist). I’ll be posting some snake-centered posts in the near future.

      Stay well and safe

  2. vivi says:

    hi there…
    loving the ‘trip’ so far…hope your thinking of doing a book with certainly have the
    talent!….oh!..havent heard the word ‘sadza’ used for soooo long..reminds me of growing
    up on the farm in Zim .. 🙂
    looking forward to the next chapter!

    • Ah – my Rhodie friend – bless you lass!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Thank you so much for your encouragement Vivi – it means an awful lot.
      I first learned the word ‘sadza’ from some blokes you may remember – RAR. I was there for only a short while (a temporary secondment) but they fed and watered me admirably; and taught me a whole lot too.
      One day we’ll have to meet up, consume inordinate quantities of coffee and laugh/cry about the old days.

      The next couple of chapters deal with preparation for the trip and may be a tad boring – but I needed to include them to help others who might be thinking of such a trip. But stay tuned, it does get better – so do the photographs.

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