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I cannot NOT write. I think I was born with a pen (okay, today it’s a stylus) in my hand. So, wherever we go (and we travel a LOT), my diary tags along too. So does my tiny #NoFilter Canon SD 1200. And together we create a world from a unique perspective. My perspective. This blog is the world through my eyes, a bit offbeat, sometimes quirky, always different.

This Blog is for my short-attention-span friends out there … less words, more pictures. But if you like what you see, I also have full-on longer-length articles of our wayward travels elsewhere on this website.
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Twyfelfontein petroglyphs, Damaraland

Twyfelfontein petroglyphs, Damaraland

Posted on: 21st August 2018| By: Marielle

Engulfing dust, persistent corrugations, shuddering and juddering and bouncing. The speed at which the rented double-cabs (and local drivers) tear along these gravel roads, no wonder it’s like driving over a cattle grid for 60 kilometres at 60 kph. Which is exactly what we did, driving 2 hours due west to get to the Twyfelfonteintein…
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Eagle’s Nest, Vingerklip

Eagle’s Nest, Vingerklip

Posted on: 20th August 2018| By: Marielle

Sunset panorama by Keith Titley! I can’t claim ownership to such iPhone artistry. I always feel a step behind … Hirsh gets his Gravel Road Adventures Facebook post in waaaay before I get there. A blog needs a little more thought and composure and planning, so by the time you get this, it’s old news!…
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Heaven is … Vingerklip Lodge

Heaven is … Vingerklip Lodge

Posted on: 20th August 2018| By: Marielle

Love, love, love this place. After Etosha, it is sheer luxury! I will come back here again and again. The drive here was painless. After the park’s eternal flatness, suddenly we had a pimpling of rounded wooded mounds which grew into sizable hills sprouting rock spines and boulders. Ahead, a looming stone barricade of bands…
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A lion’s roar farewell

A lion’s roar farewell

Posted on: 19th August 2018| By: Marielle

What a finale from the Okaukuejo waterhole! The resounding award went to the bellows and rasping hiccoughs of two male lions saying hi to each other (or firmly re-establishing the boundaries of their respective turf) at 3:00 in the morning. One male sat maddeningly just out of sight of the waterhole, very close to our…
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Atonal

Atonal

Posted on: 18th August 2018| By: Marielle

Benches at Okaukuejo’s waterhole A leafless pod acacia at Halali’s waterhole which is a bit of a trek into the thornveld and clambering over boulders — luckily so, as the sound of revelling campers travels pretty far! But look closely at those beautiful striated rocks …   Sections of the park are immensely dry, but…
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Halali to Okaukuejo

Halali to Okaukuejo

Posted on: 16th August 2018| By: Marielle

  We loved our “Family Cottage” (one of only two) at Halali; it also gave us the opportunity to do some self-catering. Dinner was stepped up a notch! Meals at the Etosha Camps have been nothing short of pedestrian, with seriously no imagination. And with the abundanceof meat around, vegetarians are the indisputable losers ……
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NWR … naming & shaming!

NWR … naming & shaming!

Posted on: 15th August 2018| By: Marielle

While still at Namutoni, a late afternoon game drive to some of the nearby waterholes delivered exactly what Etosha is so well known for … a Noah’s ark line-up of animals — but this time in far larger numbers. It was 4 p.m., 33°C, at Chudop waterhole. At its far end, a herd of eland…
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Namutoni, Etosha, here we come

Namutoni, Etosha, here we come

Posted on: 13th August 2018| By: Marielle

A long, straight, tar highway drew us southwest towards Grootfontein, Tsumeb, and ultimately, the southeastern corner of Etosha. This time, ranged outside village fences, were rows of oval clay pots, then upended mokoros honed into different shapes out of rich dark wood. Lining the settled areas stood the most gargantuan sycamore figs, all massive canopies…
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Halfway stop, Rundu

Halfway stop, Rundu

Posted on: 13th August 2018| By: Marielle

Fascinating how things are transported on the B8 highway. Strings of neat stake-fenced subsistence villages; tiny, square, shiny zinc houses (how do they survive the heat??); dense teak woodlands in changing livery — at times four colours on one tree: red, gold, yellow, green; skeletal Wild Teaks (Kiaat), leafless but for large wavy seed pods…
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Yes to Nkasa Rupara National Park

Yes to Nkasa Rupara National Park

Posted on: 12th August 2018| By: Marielle

We had the glorious pleasure of spending four nights at Jackalberry Tented Camp, for much of the time the only guests. As it turned out, we also monopolised the companionship of our guide, Robson, a soft-spoken gentle soul with a deep spontaneous chuckle. On our first game drive he was stunned to find out we…
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