Day 398 Namibia : Etosha National Park - Omaruru

Day 398 Namibia

Trip Distance 388km (241m) Total Distance 8048km(5002m)
Road Condition 100% tar    
Time to travel 4.5hr hours    
Cost of diesel N$7.69 (£0.69)    
Omaruru Restcamp S21 24.761 E15 57.912 N$120 (£11) - Clean, private ablutions with electricity & braai pits per site.  Watch out, close to road. Restaurant on site - try the t-bone, its man-sized!!!!

Having had such a fabulous last day in Etosha National Park, we set off southwards towards Swakopmund, our next stop.  On the way down, many thousands of kilometres ago, we had met up with Peter & Elza doing the Wadi Halfa barge death defying, heart-stoppingly terrifying car removal (they watched us before having to put their car on and I'm glad we went first).  But in the short space of time, we had connected and swapped details for a future visit when we were around their neck of the woods.  We had sent an email to them a few days back and with plans to meet up with them, we were on our way.

Reading the Lying sorry Lonely Planet on the way down, I'd discovered that there was a site highlighted where dinosaur footprints could be seen.  Now that's a find!  So 70kms south of Otjiwarongo (don't you just love the town names in Namibia?) a_P1000816 , we turned off and drove another 30kms on a well-maintained gravel road to the site.  The footprints, now declared a national treasure, are on a private farm, entrance is N$20 each to get in and we think well worth the extra mileage and small cost to see.  At first we were left unimpressed by what looked like splodges in the rock (the footprints were originally left in mud which hardened into rock, google can tell you more about this!) that if you squinted looked like 3-toed dinosaur footprints a_P1000807 and we were laughing and giggling at the "footprints" and how unlikely it all was, when we reached the top and turned around to look down at the track and OMG, there they were... and we believed!  a_P1000813

With instructions from the farmer to visit the geological survey site in Windhoek, we left.  We didn't quite make it as far as we wanted to and so after 6 hours on the road we decided that Omaruru was a good a place to stop as any.  It's a small town so with plans just to stop over for the night, pulled into the first campsite we found - Omaruru Restcamp.  If you decide to stay here, do watch out for the proximity of all the sites to the road.  They're all close.  And the road has a railway crossing on it right next to the campsites, so all day and, unfortunately, all night, trucks bump their way noisily over the tracks with some trucks slamming on brakes and screeching to a slower speed before bumping over the tracks - not a great way to spend a restful night.  But our tummies were full of the massive, mansize t-bones on offer at the restaurant, so not much kept us awake.