Monday, 26 January 2015

The Epic Journey continues - Part 6

Day 6 -8
The Ai-Ais breakfast was awesome! As with all these places, the buffet is not to be sneezed at.
We then headed into the outdoor pool - at least 35 Degrees. That is our kind of temperature. We spent quite a while inside and then tested the ones inside. They were colder :)!
Packed our things and headed out. The road was scenic and empty.



 We met some tiny wildlife (spot the lizard)

 Something that could be wildlife but wasn't ;)

 Someone who definitely wasn't wildlife :)

 A few dustclouds from fellow travellers

 



At the Roadside cafe we had a coffee and an Amarula Cheesecake. Yummy
 I also almost ook this piece of "wildlife" with me :)

Heading into Keetmanshoop we had it on "Mommy authority" that the Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground was something to still see, so we made the detour. We spent quite a bit of time in the forest in the lovely heat











Then we watched the feeding of the cats (BIG pussy cats!).
To prove it they are pussy cats, here is a purring video:

The feeding included petting the kitty cats :) (Sorry, I was not quick enough to shoot the pic, so no evidence).
The twins arrived like this:
Other pictures from the feeding:










The photo below would be my proudest moment, however my camera decided the background needed to be in focus, rather than the beautifyul animal.

Because it was a little late for us to travel further and find a place to sleep, we took the owner up on  the offer to sleep over - we got a bungalow all to ourselves. The option with dinner and breakfast was well worth it.
After a dip in the pool and an awesome home-made Sprinbock Ragout, we went to the look-out and did some stargazing. When all the lights were out, the starry host did not disappoint.

Next day we travelled this route:


Rising early, to catch the sunrise, we headed into the Forest, where we took some real postcard pictures. Including the yawning Dassie.


















After breakfast then, we were treated to the Meerkat feeding - what we were hoping for in Kgalagadi only, but we got them :)






Since the Giant's Playground was also on the list, we took in that one as well, at about 9h00 in the morning. The shadows were not as stark, but the penetrating sounds of the Cicads were.
















Some two-legged dassies were also spotted :)

 And this is the photo that was taken.

At around 10 or so we then took the road up to Windhoek. We were stopped by the cops, who just wanted to show superiority. Unfortunately my back number plate was not readable any longer, and his attitude really was like: "Please come here. What do you see wrong here?" "Must I give you a fine now?" Lucky for me it was a series of Public Holidays and there was no way that I could have had it replaced, so I pasted my number in the window :) He did not get the Christmas Bonus he was hoping for.
Headed for the pool but a lot colder than Ai-Ais. We then saw a thermmometer on a shelf, that had a little Penguin at 20 Degrees C, a Sun at 25 and "ideal" at 30. (probably a baby bathing thermometer) And so, when we were cold or when the pool was cold, it was Penguin :)
Since it was Christmas Eve (German Christmas), we said that we were the Christmas Presents - hence this lovely picture.
 Spent with my mom and dad.

A the next day was a public holiday and we had time to spend with Mommy and Daddy. We showed our pictures up to that point and they were very impressed.
Lots of chatting.
On the 26th we then tried to see which shops were open, but not much. We took a few pictures and then did a car wash. Not that it lasted, since the next day, we headed out onto the dusty roads again.