As we were exiting the park gates, the park officer asked which direction we were going. We said we were heading for Etosha National Park, and she asked if we would mind dropping a lady off at the next town along the way which was Otjiwarongo. About an hours drive.
We said sure, and were happy to meet a local. But it turned out that she only spoke Afrikaans and so it was a little difficult to communicate. But we found out her name was Emma, and she was quite happy to ride in silence the rest of the way to town.
Heading north on the B1 towards Otjiwarongo.
Not the most exciting scenery. It seems that there are long boring stretches of highway between attractions in Namibia. Now, the attractions are totally worth it when you get there...but the drives are long. That must be why the speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph). We stuck to 90 km/h though...we are in no rush.
We needed fuel again, and as we entered town there was a Shell gas station. Bought N$600 ($64.80) worth and that almost filled us up. Emma said she would get out there and thanked us and said goodbye.
We then stopped at a Spar Superstore. Otjiwarongo is a small city of about 70,000 people. And this store sells everything. Just like any modern grocery store in Canada or the U.S.
So, we bought around $60 worth of groceries and that will do us the week. As I said before, meat and chicken is inexpensive compared to Canada. We splurged...bought lamb chops and sirloin steaks! And a whole roast chicken (it was tiny though!) for lunch for $2.35!
It was a Sunday though. Note to self for future reference...stores will not sell you alcohol on a Sunday! So while we still have some beer and wine, it is not enough to last us six days. Oh well, live and learn!
On a Sunday, there's not much going on in Otjiwarongo! Everyone was at the Spar grocery store.
We see several other "tourists" stocking up at the grocery store. And, some of the locals asking for money, but not many really, and the only one we give a dollar to was a young lad with a sign up sheet to send his school football team to a tournament in Windhoek. he was enthusiastic, polite, and well spoken. Hopefully the money goes to where he said it would!
We needed more cash ourselves. The ATM's seem to only allow a maximum of N$2,000 ($216) and we knew we would need more anyhow. Stopped at one machine towards to exit out of town, and there was an armed guard there but he said the machine was out of order.
Slow down for the intersection. 100, 80, 60...
So we stopped at the town of Otavi and found a bank with a working machine. Again, a guard at the machine. But it all worked fine.
Ruth took this pic of some locals while I was at the ATM.
Made it to the eastern gate to Etosha National Park just after 3:30pm. There, they asked how long we were going to be in the park, we had to fill out our permit card, and then were told to carry on through to the Namutoni Campground where we have reservations for three nights.
Von Lindequist Gate. The eastern entrance to Etosha National Park.
Five minutes into the park, this fellow was here to greet us!
That's all for now, but I'm going to add a little more later if you can remember to check back!