Ngepi! (Hello in Thimbuaushu)
We arrived safe in the heart of the Caprivi today at Ngepi Lodge.
The road was AMAZING! I never knew that the Caprivi would be so cool. We left Kasane this morning quite early to start the 420km to Divundu in the Caprivi. As you leave Kasane, you enter the Chobe National park in Botswana. You have to drive through the park to reach the Namibian border.
We got to the Namibian side and crossed the border without any hassles. Like crossing any border the people change immediately, the way they look and the way they greet you with huge smiles. The landscape started becoming very sandy and grassy, but luckily we were on good tar!
The Caprivi was a hotly contested piece of land. I am just so honoured to have the privelige to be able to have experienced this piece of Africa!
Anyways so we headed on to our campsite for the evening. Nellie couldn’t stop complaining at how good the scenery was and what an awesome road to ride a bike on this is! We headed on to Ngepi Lodge and realised with a shock and huge laughter that this will be my first sand road on the trip. Lets just say it was 4km and it took forever and I had to pick Nellie’s bike up after he dropped the bike on the way in. I had such a laugh because I was heading to sandy roads in less that 1 week (it was a nervous laugh).
As we arrived we just knew that this was gonna be something special. We headed of too reception and we were giving campsite number 3. I almost had a fit when I saw the place. A must stop for anybody ever coming to the Caprivi.
The start of the trip has cost me more than I budgeted for. I am hoping to recoup some of the expense when I head further north in Africa. I guess you can’t give up the opportunity (and bucks) when you get to awesome places like this. We grabbed dinner and went for a swim in the river pool. While we were sitting and having a beer we met Gerrit. He is cycling around Southern Africa on a bicycle. What a cool dude, we chatted and looked at maps and gave him some idea of the road ahead for him. This was the stuff I was dreaming of doing for the last 12 months.
It was a good days riding, we saw, experienced and met the most amazing people and places! Sitting at a braai some months ago chatting to Andon(east coast) and HJ(west coast) I saw in there eyes what they knew I was going to experience. I still have a long way to go and a lot of hardships ahead of me but I know I am in good Hands.
I am blessed to live my dream and experience what I am currently experiencing! Thank you for EVERYBODY’S words of encouragement! For all the guys out there I will keep you updated as much as possible. See you in Etosha!