Day 401 Namibia : Swakopmund - Aabadi Bush Camp

Day 401 Namibia

Trip Distance 346km (215m) Total Distance 8732km(5427m)
Road Condition 100% tar    
Time to travel 5hrs    
Cost of diesel N$7.69 (£0.69)    
Aabadi Bush Camp S21 54.155 E16 20.185 N$120 (£11) - Open air shower & toilets, clean, plenty of hot water, wood for fire.  Lovely.

We waved goodbye to Swakopmund, Peter & Elza, eisbein, sea gulls and the west coast and set off for Windhoek but not before popping into Walvis Bay for a quick visit to the bird life (and the subsequent blog by Trevor!!). 

On our trip, several thousand kilometres ago (sounding familiar???) we had met up with a fantastic couple, Jackie & Bossie, with their girls, Kayla and Caitlin, travelling up to Uganda.  We had bumped into them in Malawi at Kande Beach and had spent some time with them fixing Jackie's laptop and having a bit of a knees-up with them when we braaied with them the previous evening.  Anyway, during that time, Jackie & Bossie had said we must contact them when we got to Windhoek.  Which we duly did, so our next stop was to spend a few days with them in the capital city.  But before we hit Windhoek though, we decided to stop in at Aabadi as we had travelled a good way that day anyway.

We finally pulled into Aabadi and it turned out to be a little gem.  The manager of the campsite was really hospitable and spent time welcoming us and building up a huge campfire for us to cook on and sit around and keep warm.  The night time temperature although we had come inland away from the coast were continuing to drop and we were at this stage sleeping under our sub-zero sleeping bags and with our thermal pajamas on.  Long time since we wore pajamas!!  But not before the donkey was stoked and we had a steaming hot shower.  The camp fire was a welcome source of heat for us and we ended up sitting around it, sipping warming brandy coffees and watching the stars before we finally crept into our bed and went to sleep with the gentle yipping of jackals in the distance.