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Monday, March 1, 1999
Swakopmund to Windhoek, Namibia
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Windhoek, Namibia:
Latitude: 22° 33' 57" South
Longitude: 17° 4' 18" East
Altitude: 244 feet
From Seattle: 10832 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Chameleon Backpackers

Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Regions: Hardap, Otjozonjupa, Khomas
Route: Roads: C34, D1918, B2, B1
Start: Swakopmund
Stop 1. Rock Paintings
End:Windhoek, Namibia
Linear:161 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Our guides Rock Paintings, Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Rock Paintings Rock Paintings, Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Desert Vista Rock Paintings, Spitzkoppe, Namibia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 690
Linear Dist: 137561
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 190
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 158
Camping: 83
Hostels: 188
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2602

Journal Entry:
Another late leaving - of course - results in us not getting exactly an early start. We (the four of us, plus Kim and Angie) headed up the coast on the salt flat roads - very desolate. A couple hours inland we stopped in the desert to try and find some rock paintings. We talked to a couple of kids selling rocks and got directions. Looked around, but we couldn't find them so we came back to the kids to negotiate with the kids for guide. After a lot of negotiation we ended up with a price of... free, and four guides. They climbed up on the hood of the car and off we went. We all had a great time with them - which was good, because the paintings were less than spectacular.

We were going to buy a Meerkat from the kids but by the time we got back out to the road it was looking very mean. The drive to Windhoek was unexciting and we arrived well after dark. Found a nice hostel and got recommendations for a local restaurant. Diner was very good, but unfortunately the Kudu ribs were all gone (had to have a giant steak instead).

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Namibia
CIA World Fact Book: Namibia

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