African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty four – Windhoek

Strangely enough the train actually got into Windhoek at 6.15 am, on time! We had managed to sleep a little despite the noise and the fact that my seat leaned to one side and changed on its own accord from recline to upright once in a while. That’s the thing about Africa the colonialists had … Continue reading African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty four – Windhoek

African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty three – Luderitz

Diamonds were discovered around Luderitz relatively late in 1908. The Orange River and some of the islands off the coast had yielded some good results from around 1866. A chance discovery by a railway worker sparked off a 'diamond rush' and the establishment of Kolmanskop. In its heyday it supported a wealthy, mainly German, population … Continue reading African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty three – Luderitz

African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty two – Luderitz

Luderitz is the arsehole of the world! I'm sorry, I know that there are plenty of people who live there and love the place but I had to say it! Someone, somewhere decided that they would put Luderitz about 350 kilometres from anywhere on the way to nowhere and then have the gall to make … Continue reading African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fifty two – Luderitz

African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fourty eight – Keetmanshoop

We got back to Upington in the early afternoon and were 'treated' to a wimpy! A wimpy for those of you who don't know, is the British equivalent to McDonalds and just about serves up the worse hamburgers you can get from a fast food restaurant (well at least this one did). Mind you as … Continue reading African shoestrings – Namibia Day Fourty eight – Keetmanshoop