Fishriver Hike - May 2012

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Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:58 pm

Three years ago I decided I am going to start hiking again, but then I had a small accident with my bike.
Last year I decided I would start hiking again, but then stuck a fluorecent tube in my hand.

BUT so far this year nothing has happened yet :yahoo: :yahoo:

So I have this idea to do the fish river canyon hike this year

Who would be interested to join me?

Also on my list for this year before winter is Arangieskop at Robertson and then there is also a 5 day hike from Swellendam to Montagu
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:45 pm

Keep it up Pieter hopefully someone joins in :thumbup:
Was it a bicycle or motorbike accident?
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:13 pm

Mooi man, nou het jy dit makklikker gemaak om n verjaarsdag geskenk te kies.
Dit klink lekker, hoop ek kan julle join op een van die hikes.
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:29 pm

Aren't there hiking clubs also that side? That way it takes out the work of looking for trails out, plus it would be a group that had been hiking already.

This is my 2nd year with Jhb Hiking Club, they send a monthly list of hikes and I just choose one that suits me :thumbup:
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:42 pm

There should be but I dont like big parties and I would love to rather hike with like minded Hilux guys and girls than just anybody. We Hiluxers are a special breed

Just think of it, the Hilux4x4.co.za Club Hiking Club or the Hilux4x4.co.za Club Adventure Club :laugh2:
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:45 pm

I here/hear you, but what I've also realised is that this particular batch is also not too far off from our ways in that they also love the outdoors/nature/flowers/birds etc.
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:45 pm

Why walk when you can drive in a Hilux? Hehe!

Would love to join, but fear I'm probably not fit enough... can we start with a few day hikes to get the feel for it?
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:26 pm

Pieter, ek weet Stubs was van plan gewees om dit te doen, dalk sal hy belang stel?
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Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:41 pm

OOOOMS wrote:Pieter, ek weet Stubs was van plan gewees om dit te doen, dalk sal hy belang stel?
IIRC he booked and paid his deposit, and then it was cancelled due to flooding. I think they give him 6 months or a year (?) to re-book on his deposit. :think:
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:53 am

Mr B, that is why I first want to do the Arangieskop hike, to let reality set in for those who wonder if they would make it.
But besides the heat I don't think the Fish is that tough. My wife's son did it this year and the closest to fitness he get is watching DVDs all day

We can will certainly do shorter hike before the time, I want to do at least one hike per month this year
We can even start with the "Wolfberg skeure" at Sanddrif , which is a circle route, just to get started.

Thanx Mark and Andy, I will PM Stubs
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:09 pm

I think the canyon is about just as far from the Cape as it is from Gautengaleng, so this is not only an invitation for the Cape Town guys.
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:58 pm

I've done Wolfberg Cracks... simply awesome... the Teaspoon on the way back down can be a lot fun as well!

I've had an ongoing issue with my one knee, so I'd like to do a few smaller hike before tackling anything hectic. I've read up a little on the Arangieskop hike, sounds beautiful, but quite a decent challenge!
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:28 pm

Watse kit het mens nodig vir so hike?
Kan iemand n kit list begin sodat mamparas soos ek ook iets kan leer asb.
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:30 pm

I did part of Arangieskop just for a day outing in Dec. With a rack sack it will be quite a challenge. For the first hour since you started it is a constant climb.
It is an absolute beautiful area with lovely views.
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Hoekom Johannes, wil jy gaan saamstap?
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pietpetoors wrote:Hoekom Johannes, wil jy gaan saamstap?
Klink lekker ja, ek sit te veel myle op my lux se tekkies en te min op my eie!
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:51 pm

Stubs said that he already booked for end of May and he will find out if there is still space.

Even if there is space I think we must arrange some shorter hikes closer to home for those interested.
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Johannes van die See wrote:Watse kit het mens nodig vir so hike?
Kan iemand n kit list begin sodat mamparas soos ek ook iets kan leer asb.
Comfy hiking boots and a light pair for around the camp site.
Thick socks
Rugsak +- 65 - 85kg pack
Sleeping bag
Hikers tent
Hat
Map / GPS / compass
Water bottle
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Light dry clothing
Cooker (gas or benzine) + Matches / Lighter
Light alu pot for cooking
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:37 pm

Good List,

I will skip the tent, however. It seldom rains in that area.

The map, GPS and compass is also not really necessary - you can only go up or down the gorge.

We (my wife and I) stopped at the starting point about a year ago. Took photos while a group was leaving and told my wife this is one of the things on my bucket list. My Father has done it about 7 times. He once did it with my brother, but I couldn't make it, I was quite upset.

My father's advice is to get good hiking boots, with thick soles, the rocks get to you...

Would love to have joined this time, if it was not for our baby.
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Johannes van die See wrote:Watse kit het mens nodig vir so hike?
Kan iemand n kit list begin sodat mamparas soos ek ook iets kan leer asb.
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and Game to restore the electrolytes and dates (dadels) for a snack
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:21 pm

How do we keep the beer cold? Or should I just pack in a hip flask of whiskey?

Maybe we could hire a shirpa, carrying 40L engel, 105amp battery and solar panel... that should sort the beers out! :mrgreen:
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Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:31 pm

Pieter, dit klink lekker en sal belangstel afhangend van wanneer dit is.

Die vorige keer toe ons bespreek het was daar nie water nie.so ons kon nie stap nie. Die eerste keer het ons dit gedoen met n 65l hiking pack en n slaapsak n bottel whipsky om die water beter te laat smaak :D:

Dit is nie baie demanding nie maar die hitte is soms n bother (was elke dag bo 32 grade) so jy begin vroeg en vat n lang breek in die middag om die hitte te vermy. Daar is daremn n paar short cuts. Die water crossings is nie so lekker vir die voete nie en maak seker jy droog hulle mooit af anders is daar n paar nare blase op die voete (vat blou spirits saam). Alles wat jy invat moet saam uit (daar is 1 of 2 dinge wat agterbly :lol: ) vat vuurhoutjies saam om die witgoud mee te brand.
Pace jouself elke dag en vat dit stadig op die decend.

Was steeds n baie lekker stap roete - ek hoor hulle verkoop weer bier by die pienk pales (4de dag se einde - afhangend hoe vinnig jy stap). Daar was n 7 dae opsie en ek is nie seker of hulle dit verander het nie maar jy het ook n brief van jou dr. af nodig om te stap.

Daar is n niks so lekker as die koue bier as jy in Ai -Ais instap nie.
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As jy plek wil bespreek vir Fishriver kan jy my beter helfde probeer by amy@umkulu.co.za
Hulle doen baie besprekings vir NWR.
Ek weet daar is nie meer baie plek oop vir die jaar nie.
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Mr_B wrote:How do we keep the beer cold? Or should I just pack in a hip flask of whiskey?

Maybe we could hire a shirpa, carrying 40L engel, 105amp battery and solar panel... that should sort the beers out! :mrgreen:
Ya neh? :mocking: :shock2: :naah:
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Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:34 pm

Het hom nou Sept '11 gestap. Gaan kyk maar bietjie op my Faceboek is daar so 500 foto's van ons staptog. Ek en my 2 late wil dit weer gaan stap, maar die keer oor 7 dae - net te veel om jou besig te hou en waaraan ek meer aandag wil gee. Ek sal die vordering van hierdie beplanning fyn dophou...
Niel wrote:Pieter, dit klink lekker en sal belangstel afhangend van wanneer dit is.

Die vorige keer toe ons bespreek het was daar nie water nie.so ons kon nie stap nie. Die eerste keer het ons dit gedoen met n 65l hiking pack en n slaapsak n bottel whipsky om die water beter te laat smaak :D:

Dit is nie baie demanding nie maar die hitte is soms n bother (was elke dag bo 32 grade) so jy begin vroeg en vat n lang breek in die middag om die hitte te vermy. Daar is daremn n paar short cuts. Die water crossings is nie so lekker vir die voete nie en maak seker jy droog hulle mooit af anders is daar n paar nare blase op die voete (vat blou spirits saam). Alles wat jy invat moet saam uit (daar is 1 of 2 dinge wat agterbly :lol: ) vat vuurhoutjies saam om die witgoud mee te brand.
Pace jouself elke dag en vat dit stadig op die decend.

Was steeds n baie lekker stap roete - ek hoor hulle verkoop weer bier by die pienk pales (4de dag se einde - afhangend hoe vinnig jy stap).Daar was n 7 dae opsie en ek is nie seker of hulle dit verander het nie maar jy het ook n brief van jou dr. af nodig om te stap.

Daar is n niks so lekker as die koue bier as jy in Ai -Ais instap nie.
Sept was dit nie gedoen nie en sover ek weet gaan dit nie sommer gebeur nie (maar in Afrika is alles moontlik).
Die belangrikste van alles is verseker jou skoene - die beste wat jy kan bekostig, maar behoorlik ingeloop.
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thanks Willem vir die update :thumbup:
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:00 pm

Pieter, initially when I read this I thought it was for the Cape Tonians only, thanks to Oooms for the rescue :thumbup:
How many people have committed yet? Are you still going? It sounds very intersting and if finance allows would love to join :thumbup:
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:49 am

In the end I got place with Stubs' group. They already booked for end May and had an open space. So I will be going with Stubs and Kie on 27 May
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:14 am

Thanks Pieter, hopefully another time, if any, the following week would be Comrades for me, :thumbup:
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Fri May 25, 2012 9:14 pm

Travel Tip No 162.3.5 par 5.2
DO NOT store expired passports in the same drawer as your current passports.

We were ready , left and about 30km before Elandsbaai my little voice whispered in my ear "hey, check the passport"
Don't know why, I told Elmi, get the passports and see if they all OK.
Guess what, I took her old expired one.

So we had to turn back after almost an hour's drive and go home.

So we decided to stay at home and leave tomorrow very early instead.

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Fri May 25, 2012 9:22 pm

Ai-ai-ai! :eh:
Well at least you discovered it close to home and not at the border post! ;-)

Have a safe trip tomorrow and enjoy the excursion! :thumbup: :thumbup:



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Thanx, don't worry, the cameras are in.
Yes good we discovered it early, imagine the followinf:
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"hhhmmm, mam, you passport has expired!"

I turned back with a smile when I think what could have happened.
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Fri May 25, 2012 9:37 pm

pietpetoors wrote:Thanx, don't worry, the cameras are in.
Yes good we discovered it early, imagine the followinf:
"Mam can I see your passport please"
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"hhhmmm, mam, you passport has expired!"

I turned back with a smile when I think what could have happened.
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what's your email address? can email some
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Willem look here so long, http://jhbhiking.org.za/cms/index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Safe trip Pieter and enjoy yourselves :thumbup:
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Don't forget to check the tyre pressure before leaving... :mrgreen:


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some info on the Fishriver hike:
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Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail:
Starts from main view point 10 km from Hobas and ends in Ai-Ais. It is approximately 80 kilometres long and takes 4 to 5 days to complete.
Open from 01 May to 15 September.
Groups of minimum 3 and maximum of 40 persons are allowed. No children under 12 years old.
Reservations should be made well in advance. The price: on request. Own transport must be arranged. Transport back to Hobas from Ai-Ais must be arranged with Ai-Ais office directly. Approximate cost is 60 N$ per person (to be confirmed in advance, subject to change).
Medical questionnaire is here. Please print it out and fill it in.
All going on Fish River Canyon Hike do pay normal entrance fees for the first day only.

Kalkfontein Hotel trail package: 2 nights accommodation and transfers

Certificates of fitness and indemnity forms must be submitted to the office in Hobas!
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:40 pm

Some news from the hikers....they made it safe :yahoo: :yahoo:

Congratulations, well done :!:
Hallo Mark,

Ja, die twee het gisteraand klaar gestap, geen beserings of blase. Ons het darem weer telefoon verbinding gehad. Hul gaan vandag Luderitz toe en vandaar sal hul dan môre die terugtog aanpak en Sondag tuis arriveer.

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Good to hear! congrats! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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We are back home safely . We enjoyed the trip and the hike tremendously
I will post pictures later, just have to work through some emails for now.

Just a quicky for those who are leaving for Nam:
Ais Ais is not as bad as they say. You can see there were flood damage but it has been fixed. The ablutions are clean, there is hot water and the pool is full of sparkling clean water.
The only neglect you can see is that the grass edges were not trimmed, but who cares if you are camping about small things like that.

Fuel is $10.80 at Noordoewer and $10.40 in Luderitz. They took my FNB petrol card in both towns. So safe yourself R2.00 per litre and only fill up in Nam.

There is a very nice camping site, Amanzi river resort , 12km from Noordoewer on the Rosh Pinah road. It is beautiful, clean and right on the Orange River. Next time I will drive all the way to there and camp there. Will post pics and details later.

Border was no problem.
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Good to hear, and that you are back safely! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Happy to hear you are back safe... and thanks for the information about the places to stay... Am looking forward to the pics... :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Welcome back, Pieter!

Sorry your holiday is over... now back to work! ;)


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We went hiking with total strangers.
It happened that Stubs was booked with the crowd as he knows one of the guys' brother.
In the end Stubs could not go anymore which left Elmi and myself to go with this crowd, mainly from Vryheid.

We left Langebaan on 25 May 2012 and the plan was to travel to Springbok, camp there and then continue early on Saturday 26 May.
Close to Elandsbay I realised that I packed Elmi's expired passport and we had to turn back home. Because it was late we decided to leave early on Saturday and drive all the way to Ais Ais.

The border crossing was quick and without any hassles.
Just after we entered Namibia at Noordoewer we took the road to Rosh Pinah. About 1km from the Engen garage there is a little supermarket on the right. I stopped there to buy airtime for our Namibian sim card. In South Africa I was looking everywhere for a little aluminium kettle which can take about 4 cups, for the hiking. I could not find anything. Those of you who have traveled in Nam before will know that most of the shops are very interesting because you find anything from food, spare parts and... a small aluminium kettle.

The first 50km of that road (C13/D212) has been tarred up to Aussenkehr. The last time I traveled on that road it was gravel and only the small piece at Aussenkehr was tar.

Some 5km or so after Aussenkehr you get the C37/D207 which turns right towards Ais Ais. This is a lovely gravel road.
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Road to Ais Ais
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Entering Ais Ais Park
We reached Ais Ais late in the afternoon and pitched our tent.

The condition of Ais Ais is not too bad. It is not perfect but I have seen worse. At least it is clean, have hot water and the swimming pool has clean water in it. The finer details lack, but I am not booking into a 5 star establishment so the long grass and other fancies don't bother me too much.
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Ais Ais pool
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Ais Ais
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Ais Ais
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Ais Ais
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Ais Ais
On Sunday 27 May it was time for the big hike.
We booked the first shuttle which left at 08h30. It is very convenient, you pay R150 per person and they take you to the start.
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Shuttle
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In shuttle
There was this German group who also went to hike, they traveled in this Citroen. They were also camping at Ais Ais the previous evening.
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German car
Ready for action, the team before we went down the canyon
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The crowd
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Elmi and I at Fishriver Hike
Going down was very steep. It took us about 2.5 hours to go down.
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Going down fish, Gavin and Athelia
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Going down the fish river hike
The first two days are very tough. You either walk in thick sand or climb over big rocks. That while your bag is heavy. Your bag do get lighter later on but then also the terrain gets easier. I think it would be good to do it the wrong way around so that you can end on the rough terrain with ultra light bag.

The whole hike you walk on huge rocks, round rocks, soft sand or lekker hard ground.
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Huge rocks
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Round rocks
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Sand
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Hard ground
We camped in the fish river canyon for 4 nights. Elmi and myself were the only ones without tents.
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Piet and Elmi's camp
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Camping in the Fish
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Camping
We crossed the river 28 times in total. Some of the crossing we could hop over but others we had to take off our shoes and walk through. The river crossings were very tiring
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River Crossing
We were very lucky with the weather. It was not very cold and we hardly ever had any wind. There was enough water in the river and the water was clean. So we could get water from the river all the time and drink it as is. Some of us had water bottles with filters on but most of us drank directly from the river.
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Water from the river
Food was mainly in the form of Pasta and Sauce in the evenings and Provitas in the morning and afternoon. Elmi took some Oats so Easy for breakfast, but hey, I must be really dieing before I eat that stuff.
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Food
We saw wild horses at two occasions
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Wild horse in fish river
The scenery in the canyon is awesome. It really is beautiful. On the 4th day we even had some clouds which helped to take better photographs. O ja, our little camera packed up on day 4 due to sand, so we could not take any further pics in the canyon, luckily I got plenty of pics from the others.
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Scenery in fishriver
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Scenery in fish river
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Fish river hike
Here we are at the well known Vespa
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Vespa
We finished late on the 5th day. We hanged up our bags in front of reception, took a group photo and then headed straight for the bar to have an ice cold Tafel Lager each. I am not a big bear drinker and even I had two Tafels.
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Finish
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Einde
The day after the hike we left for Luderitz.
Our first stop was at the Canon Roadhouse.
There are some very interesting cars and stuff at the roadhouse and is worth spending an hour or two. The coffee is good but the cake is nothing to write home about.
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Canon Road house
There was a crazy Italian couple who was touring Africa on this little Vespa, complete with pispot helmets and all. When they left they packed even more bags on the Vespa
See http://www.terraeasfalto.it/fish-river-canyon/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Vespa at Canon roadhouse
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Canon Roadhouse
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Canon Roadhouse
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Canon Roadhouse
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Best vehicle at Canon Roadhouse
They even have a nice little camping site, with hiking trails at the back of the roadhouse.
They nicely converted the plaasdam into a swimming pool
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Canon Roadhouse camp
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Canon Roadhouse pool
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Canon Roadhouse ablution
From the Canon Lodge we followed the C12 to Seeheim
Next to the road we saw this lime kiln. The Holoog kiln was used in early 20th century. Opposite the road from it is a railway station where they loaded the lime onto the train.
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kiln
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Everywhere there were plenty of grass, the veld really look good.
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Gras
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more gras
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We reached Luderitz at about 16h30 which did not leave us much time to buy what we needed and head for the camping site.

The camping site was the biggest disappointment of my whole trip.
About 15 years ago I camped there and it was the most wonderful camping site. Now there are two factories across the water which makes a terrible noise 24/7 and the camping site is neglected. With us there were the big total of 4 vehicles in the whole camp. Ablutions were dirty and not well maintained.

A cold wind was blowing but luckily we stay on the West Coast and have learned a thing or two about the wind by now.
So while everybody else were occupying the top stands with the nice view, we went for the bottom ones and hide behind a big rock.
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Camping at Luderitz
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Luderitz camping site
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Luderitz
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The next morning we left early because we had much to see and far to travel.
We first photographed some of the lovely old buildings in Luderitz.
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Nedbank Luderitz
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Church in Luderitz
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Then we went to the Dias Cross. Luderitz also has a lagoon, very much like Langebaan, just much smaller. You have to drive around the lagoon to get to Dias Cross which is almost right opposite the camping site. There is a coffee shop at Dias Cross, but it was not opened yet, not sure if it is still opperational but it diod look as if there is still something happening.
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Road to Dias Cross
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There are very much nothing on that stretch of road, but that nothing is so beautiful. Even though there are nothing we did find some Springbok.
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Springbok
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Dias Kruis
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Dias Kruis
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Dias cross details
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Niel! Sien hulle het ook "Palletjies" by Luderitz:
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Luderitz Lagoon
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We gave Kolmanskop a skip. It was already too late to take proper photographs (light too flat) and besides that the next tour was only due in an hour and half and I did not feel like paying R55.00 per person for something I have already seen before while not been able to take proper photographs. It would have been nice to see how they restored that main house because last time I visited we photographer the dilapidated house which are now beautifully restored.

Now check this out for "The Story of Africa"
Between Aus and Luderitz is this railway line. All I can think is that they started to upgrade the old narrow track to a wide track because in history books the railway to Luderitz gets mentioned.
The whole thing has been prepared, the area where the railway must be on has been lifted, culverts were build everything.
For 23km they packed the sleepers next to the line ready to be packed and then you get the railway tracks lying next to the road ready to be installed.
That must be about 70,000 sleepers.

They never finished it. The manufacturing dates on the sleepers are April 2001 and was manufactured by Griniker, that is where my dad worked before he retired.

The picture of the tracks below is only half the tracks, the other half were behind my back.

Everything is there, can can finish another 23km of the line which leave them with only 20 to finish it to Luderitz, but here it has been for 11 years now.
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Sleepers
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Railway tracks
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Just before Aus we visited the "Wild Horses"
They are so wild that I walked around between them and they did not even move. Not even the Hilux scared them as they were standing all over the parking area.
There are hundreds of them and they really do not look very good nor very happy.
My personal opinion is that because they now get water and food they are not wild anymore and secondly nature cannot take its cause anymore and there are too many of them. It is believed that they originate from horses left behind by military forces in the first world war. So if the same family has been breading among others for almost hundred years you will understand why they don't look very good.
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Wild horses
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Wild Horses
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Wild horses
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A nice tree on the way to the Wild Horses
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Tree
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There is not much going on in Aus. There is one huge guest house with restaurant which seems to be doing well, besides that there is not much going on.
The church at Aus
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Aus Church
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Outside Aus you find the remains of the Prisoner of War camp.
This sign tells the story
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POW camp at Aus
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From Aus we headed South towards Rosh Pinah.
we saw lots of Springbok, Ostriches, and Eland and Gemsbok next to the road
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Gemsbok
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We reached Rosh Pinah at about 14h30 and headed for the Spar to buy meat for the evening, BUT, the Spar was already closed.
The only other option were the "U-Save" which did not have meat and some dodgy "market" at the garage of which the meat looked more like horse meat. So we decided to rather eat what was left of our hiking food.

The road from Rosh Pinah to Noordoewer is absolutely beautiful. Part of it is next to the river, just on the other side of the Richtersveld National Park.

We crossed the Fish River where it goes into the Orange river and I took this picture.
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Fish into Orange
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We headed to Amanzi River resort for our last night's stay.
We were delighted to hear that they do sell meat and boerewors at the office. So we could have a last braai for the trip.
Amanzi is a wonderful place and I would love to stay there for a couple of days on my next trip.
It is on the river and you often hear and see the fish eagles there.
Amanzi is 12km from Noordoewer
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Amanzi
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Amanzi
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Amanzi view
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Amanzi camping site
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The next morning we had breakfast and headed back home.
I first filled up both tanks at Noordoewer before we crossed the border since fuel is about R2.00 per litre cheaper in Namibia than in South Africa.
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Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:27 pm

Ek is baie jaloers!!!
Mooi foto's Pieter, verloor mens gewig op so trip? Ek het dit nodig!
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Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:29 pm

So far so good! :D: ......... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Ja ou dikkes, jy moet bietjie saam gaan stap.
Ek dink alles wat ons verloor het, het ons weer opgetel die aand toe ons klaar gemaak het. Met ons geluyk was daar nie 'n gewone spyskaart by die restaurant daardie aand nie, hulle het 'n buffet ete gehad wat ELAND STEAK ingesluit het.
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Sorry Andy, by dikkes I did not mean you, was "talking" to JVDS
I am just editing my post all the time so you must refresh to see the rest
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pietpetoors wrote:Ja ou dikkes, jy moet bietjie saam gaan stap.
:laugh2: Wag ons sal die naweek sien wie is dikkes.
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pietpetoors wrote:Ek dink alles wat ons verloor het, het ons weer opgetel die aand toe ons klaar gemaak het. Met ons geluyk was daar nie 'n gewone spyskaart by die restaurant daardie aand nie, hulle het 'n buffet ete gehad wat ELAND STEAK ingesluit het.
Lekker, die beste steak wat ek in Nam gehaad het was in Walvis by "The Raft" en dit was n Zerba Steak, heurlik!
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Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:48 pm

Dit lyk nice Pieter, dankie vir die pics. Ek dink ek en Johannes moet hom saam gaan stap, ek het ook maar n lekker groceries kas om my middeltjie :lol: :lol: :tease:
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Lekker report so ver, sien uit na die res :thumbup:

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