Since leaving home, now 8 months ago, we’ve always traveled on our own, so being in a group of 3 other riders is all new to us. Each one of us has our own rhythm, but we seem to blend with each other. We normally plan a few days ahead of where we want to be and what we want to see, set a start time for the mornings and normally stop along the way a few times for breaks so that all riders can catch up. Pat is always up ahead while Ang and I or Dom and Tom follow at our own pace, so Pat & Chris end up being really patient and waiting for all of us.
More and more of the campgrounds that we are finding now are of the rustic kind as compared to the ones we stayed in while in South Africa and Namibia and they tend to be near rivers with lots of warning signs. The funny thing about these warning signs though is that people tend to just ignore them and camp right next to the sign. We have been guilty a few times as well.
|Not sure where to camp|
|Local kids keeping an eye on us|
|Photo courtesy of Dom Giles|
Dan, an Englishman came to Namibia to do a tracking course 4 years ago and decided to stay and now leases some land for his campground that he runs in partnership with the local community and does his own river safaris. Prior to us getting there, he did mention that he had a group of orphaned children there the night prior, but they were packing up and would be gone that evening. The children were from an orphanage from Katima Molelio whose parents had died from HIV Aids. It is estimated that 51% of the population of Katima has HIV. The kids were out when we arrived, so we ended up having a nice cup of tea in the mean time, before we could set up our tents. A few minutes later, the children arrived and were all curious when they saw us and the bikes. I can’t imagine their hardships, but they seemed so happy to be there. Dan had taken them out on a river safari earlier that day and he said that’s his way of giving back to the community.
|Children from the orphanage|
|Young male elephant|
|Sunset over the Caprivi|
New photos added to the Namibia photo album.