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Monday, March 8, 1999
Outside Ombalantu, Namibia
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Outside Ombalantu, Namibia:
Latitude: 17° 32' 56" South
Longitude: 15° 3' 40" East
From Seattle: 10434 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Kim and Angie

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Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Region: Omusati
Route: Road: C46
Start: Outside Ombalantu, Namibia
Stop 1. Ruacana Falls, Angola-Namibia Border
End:Outside Ombalantu, Namibia
Linear:112 miles
Weather: Rain / Overcast

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Me in front of falls Ruacana Falls, Namibia-Angola Border, Namibia

The falls Ruacana Falls, Namibia-Angola Border, 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: 697
Linear Dist: 93465
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 194
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 86
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2652
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Journal Entry:
Our early morning plans didn't quite work out like they were supposed to - the rain wasn't conducive to getting things done - and it was near noon by the time we got on the road. The drive to the border wasn't too exciting (Baboons watching us pass was as good as it got). At the border we had no trouble with the Namibian border - though they seemed a bit surprised to see us. Between the Namibian and the Angolan border is Ruacana Falls, not that impressive - but pleasant and pretty. At the Angolan border we had some slight problems - they wouldn't let us in. Actually they let us in to talk with the boss, so technically we were in Angola, but... they wouldn't let us beyond the border post without visas. The guide books (Lonely Planet) had indicated that a visa was not needed for a short term border area pass... oh well. We might try again further east if we can easily and cheaply get a visa.

Back at the girl's school compound we hung out in front of the TV and Angie and Kim made us a great (vegetarian - of course) diner. After diner we watched a video, The Devil's Own. The clouds rolled back in and we were treated to an even better lightening show. The most impressive bit was the thunder - it was incredible, you as much felt it as heard it.


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

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