Day three started out at seven AM for me. Half of the Nomad Adventure Tours group were going canoeing, but not being overly interested in canoeing I decided to skip out on that particular activity. I sat in the camp kitchen and enjoyed some coffee as the canoers came in to get their breakfast before heading off. That morning we had eggs cooked to order and baked beans and then of course bread and cereal were also available. I decided I would take some alone time that morning and made my w ay down to the dock by the river and just cleared my head and enjoyed the silence. It was so peaceful and the scenery was second to none.
By noon all tents were packed away, the canoers had made their way back and we were chowing down our sandwiches and potato salad. By 12:30 we were making our way to the border to make our first of three border crossings. The Nomad Adventure Tours overland truck, Harrison, came to a stop by the South African border office and we all clambered out, passports in hand. After receiving departure stamps in our passports we had to go to the South African Police post in the next building and hand over our passports, presumably to double check we hadn’t committed any crimes in our time in South Africa- and besides my quick swim across the border the previous night, I’d say I was in the clear.
Once everyone checked out, it was back on Harrison for a 200m drive till we hit the “Welcome to Namibia” sign. Of course, we all had a few photos snapped here- then it was onward to the Namibian border patrol where we all received our entry visas into Namibia.
With us entering into Namibia we set our watches back an hour, and were fighting to make it to Fish River Canyon in enough time to go for a hike along the canyon’s ridge for sunset. The rest of the day consisted of us covering a few hundred more kilometers with not much but wide open spaces of barren land and mountains for miles and miles and miles. Our entrance into Namibia also commenced our introduction to bumpy gravel roads– to which Shingie said we were honoured to be experiencing an ‘authentic African massage’. Unfortunately this also meant the start of all of our personal belongings being covered in dust and everyone’s noses feeling like sandpaper. These are a few of the not-so-glamourous points of overlanding.
Upon arrival to camp we simply put up our tents then hopped back on Harrison for the 10k drive to the ridge of the Fish River Canyon- the worlds second largest canyon next to the Grand Canyon in the USA. We were dropped off and told to make the 2k trek back to the main parking area where Shingie and Sandile would be setting up for that evening’s ultimate African experience- sunset dinner beside the canyon.
The walk was spectacular, we were able to look on into the distance and take in the beauty of the canyon snake around for as far as the eye could see. By the time the sun was setting below the ridge of the mountains in the distance, we were all at the main lookout point where there were no less than 5 different overlanding trucks parked out front. Of those trucks, ours was the only one to set up a big dinner feed at the side of the canyon. Just another reason why Nomad Adventure Tours is the best! After a delicious spaghetti bolognese dinner we cleaned up, turned off the lights on the truck and gazed at the billions of stars.
Shortly after, we returned to camp and gathered round the campfire with some beers, tea and coffee. We giggled the evening away playing silly campfire games- like spelling your name by moving your body. It was both hilarious and a great way to better learn everyone’s names. By the time 9:30 rolled around most had retired to their tents for the evening in preparation for our early rise for our big 600km drive the next day from Fish River Canyon to Sesriem.
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