Tuesday 10th October
Getting to Windhoek, capital of Namibia, was easy but did have its aggravations. Our British Airways flight was two hours late in taking off. The tractor taking the plane from maintenance to our gate had broken down. And because it is a long flight, the delay meant the pilots would be on duty too long. So a spare crew had to be found. At last we took off.
In Johannesburg, our late arrival meant we had to rush to catch our Windhoek flight but we made it. Unfortunately my suitcase did not. This was discovered when we got to Windhoek. A flurry of form filling ensued and I was assured my suitcase would get to me.
Ishmel of Wilderness Safaris (Expert Africa’s representatives at the airport) took me to a local phone service provider and got me fixed up with a Namibian SIM card and phone number. And then to the Europcar Hire Car garage to find our car. He promised that he would take my suitcase, when it arrived from Jo’burg, to our hotel. And he did! Thank You Ishmel!
Our car, or rather truck, was Toyota Hi-Lux. It was huge, had four-wheel drive and never let us down. It carried us 3,704km – more than 2,300 miles.
Chris drove us the 40km into Windhoek and our hotel, The Weinberg. This was a good hotel to arrive at in a new country. Very civilized, welcoming and eager to help. We rested, had a drink in the Sky Lounge and then dined in the nearby Cape Town Fish Market restaurant.
When we got back to the hotel we found my suitcase waiting for me which was a great relief.
The next morning we breakfasted – very good – checked out and visited a supermarket to get snacks and water for our travels. And then it was off to Okonjima.