Thursday, May 27, 2010
the Kavango River
Rondu is a small northern town, and makes an alternative stop for John and i on our return to Tsumeb. It sits on the Kavango river and makes a good chill-out spot.
Without Josef, it’s Yours Truly who is behind the wheel, and damn fine i do too despite the lack of recent driving practise – it has been some eight years now since i last sat behind a steering wheel. Like riding a bicycle it is clear that one never forgets. Whilst John has a driving license with him his glasses are broken. I have a UK driving license which i failed to pack for my African Adventures - DRATS!
We splurge at the Ngandu Safari Lodge. Lonely Planet describe it as a place to suit all budgets but we have to pay some N$535 for a basic, but comfortable double. We push the boat out even further by ordering a T-bone steak with fries and dessert of vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce. After three weeks on the road this is the first time i eat at a “real” restaurant.
At such places i endeavour to load up on the free breakfast buffet and today is no exception. John gets my liver and bacon and i pretty much polish everything else off.
From Rondu it is some 511km back to Tsumeb and suddenly it feels like coming home. The roads are a pleasure to drive with virtually no traffic. Aub notes it seems that only whites own private cars.
It’s a sad farewell to the Kavango district, but a trip up here comes with my highest recommendation. The scenery is beautiful and offers a glimpse into traditional African village life.