Flying back home

Today is the last leg of our journey home, the one where we get on a plane to Johannesburg and finally to Amsterdam. It also marks the last day in Namibia, and the last day of our trip to southern Africa. I’m really quite sad that it ends already, as we’ve had an absolute blast over here!

The owner of the game farm has decorated his house with some of the animals he farms, including a full size giraffe. Yes, that picture indeed features a mounted bust of a giraffe. 0_o

The trip to Windhoek airport was rather uneventful, and we fuelled it up without any issues near to the airport. The guys from the rental company didn’t even complain about the absolute state we left the car in: “It’s Namibia, it’ll get dirty over here!” was their response. Yay!

There only was one oddity on the flight to Johannesburg: the meals we were served actually differed from each other. We both had ‘meat’, but one was a pie with chicken, and the other was a beef pastrami sandwich. Being served two different meals which are supposed to be the same on a plane is really peculiar, and we were as baffled as the flight attendants! The flight back home (after a long wait in South Africa) was long and sleepless for me, and was in a plane from KLM Asia. 😉

Flying 2016 – part 2

After a short night, where our neighbours had to leave their room for the airport around 5 AM all the while making a racket, we found ourselves enjoying a breakfast fit for kings at the Lodge. Bacon, Boerewors, baked beans in tomato sauce, omelet with mushrooms, I was thoroughly enjoying it.

As we were to fly out at 12, we decided to not take a gamble and leave the Lodge with the the shuttle to OR Tambo at 9, just to be on the safe side of things. And apparently, this was a good thing, as British Airways decided to upgrade their backend system today. They apologised in advance, and made a big mess out of it anyway. All flights were grounded that morning for some hours, after which the delays were numerous and long.

We were met with a huge line at gate 22, which turned out to be the for previous BA flight and not ours. The initial estimate was a 2,5 hour delay to Windhoek, and was now scheduled to leave at 14:20 instead of 12:00. After lunch, we saw that it was delayed another 15 mintes, with an estimated takeoff time of 14:35. Boarding commenced on time, but it took a long time, after which it took another hour to inform us about the plane having some minor technical difficulties. These were quickly fixed, but it lead to more delays…

So, after a delay of 4 hours, we finally embarked on our flight to Windhoek, which only took slightly under two hours as the all female pilot team hit the throttle hard to make up some of the lost time. It shaved 15 minutes off, but it’s a start!

The car was quickly picked up, as was our luggage, and we were off to the first lodge in Namibia, Terra Africa. Diner reservations were made and we found ourselves in the quirkiest nod coolest ever place we’ve ever been to: a German Style Beergarten, but in a true Namibian Style. You’d have to have been there to fully grasp the complexity of the thing, but for now I can assure you that the food is good and the atmosphere is great!

Tomorrow, we’ll have a full day of travelling by car, down to Sesriem. That’s about 350km, and a first taste of what driving in our Renault Duster truly is like. 🙂

Flying 2016 – part 1

As there are no direct flights from Amsterdam to Windhoek, we are boarding the flight KL591 to Johannesburg, where we will spend the night in the now customary Airport Game Lodge.

Tomorrow, we’ll fly from Johannesburg to Windhoek, and after that the real trip will commence.

The flight was a little bumpy, but without any unexpected events. And at 11 hours it was a doozy!

Greetings from SA!

Yet some more posts in the category Holiday 2012. Where has the guy gone this time, you might ask.

The answer is easy. South Africa!
Equipped with two cameras, a bunch of lenses and too many memory cards we are in for a three week fest on the other end of the world.
Quite literally the other end, as winter still reigns over here. But with 25 degrees as highs, it feels quite different from the winters back home.

We started the journey on Monday and got in the plane around 9. We exited the plane roughly 12 hours later. As it was pitch black outside by then we didn’t get to see anything outside of the hotel transfer van and the hotel room itself. Welcome to Johannesburg!

After the cold night our car was delivered to us. The car we rented for three weeks which was to bring us everywhere we wanted.
Being a Daihatsu Terios, it has permanent four wheel drive and has been of great value already!

The roads from Johannesburg to the Drakensbergen are good if you only count the toll roads. The rest is, well, pretty rough. And that is quite the understatement.

Arriving at Montusi Mountain Lodge we are shaken but not stirred from the bumpy ride through the mountains. But we are welcomed by the most luxurious and comfortable place you’d imagine. With 20 houses, the place is pretty small but big enough to have all the amenities necessary.
And, everything is included or available.

On Wednesday we started off with a lovely breakfast while overlooking the mountains. After this, we met up with our Zulu guide and went for a hike out on the property of the lodge. At over 1000 acres, it is big. Cedric led us through the veldt and showed us some wild animals, including something he called an Eland. We are still quite unsure what it is exactly, but it has hooves and it quite tall.

Tomorrow some more hiking, and perhaps some more outdoor activity, but we’ll see what happens. This place is pure relaxation!

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