This would take us to an area of Namibia that we had not seen before. Out of the desert, and more like the Africa we had envisioned. To the northern part of Namibia, right on the border of Angola!
We had to do a 550 km (341 mile) drive, and it would be even longer if we stayed on the main roads. So we took a backroad for the first part, one that would save us 40 kms (24 miles) over the other route.
Yesterday's drive, 550 kms.
We were on the road at 8:15am. We checked with the managers at the lodge to see what they thought of us taking one of the back roads, and they said that while they hadn't been on it themselves, they had heard that it was a good road.
And it was a good road!
The D2779. It was a great road, with nobody on it!
It was a farming area and Ruth got out to open and close four or five gates like this one.
So we're tooling along just fine at 80 km/h (50 mph) or so and have seen only one other vehicle in the 70 kms (42 miles) since we left. When what do we see? A couple of guys walking along this stretch of road.
So we stopped and picked them up. If we hadn't, it's a pretty safe bet they would still be there!
We drove them about 100 kms (62 miles) to the town of Otavi. They couldn't speak any English except to say "thanks" which they said about a dozen times. Too funny.
Things got a lot greener after the town of Grootfontein.
The road was in perfect condition, and very little traffic.
We had been going through an area with a lot of agriculture and farming. Then, there were fenced private hunting parks on both sides of the highway. Then, things changed again. Drastically.
Not in a bad way. But in a very different way.
We had entered the Kavango Region of Namibia, where the local population is still very much traditional.
There were huts like this along the road for miles.
We made it to the outskirts of Rundu, the largest town in the Kovango region. We had to turn before the town, so we didn't get a chance to see it yet.
The road to our next destination at Hakusembe River Lodge was in pretty rough shape!
The road to Hakusembe Lodge.
But when we got there, we found an oasis. More pics later!
Here's our accommodation for the next two nights...
Ruth, enjoying our front porch overlooking the Kavango River.
The view from our porch is the Kavango River. The other side of the river is the country of Angola! Wow!