Ugab road trip: day 2 – a bit of rain, fire in the heat and a bush shower

I got a raindrop on my face! – It’s raining, pull the sleeping bag over your head.

The sun isn’t up yet, but we’re awake. The sky is dark. Rain clouds above us. 2 of us did set up a tent and have no idea what we are complaining about. It’s not raining a lot, but enough to get us out of bed. Time to make coffee like Martin says. I think it’s time for breakfast. Bacon and egg please. Yes, I told you we upgraded.

It’s the first night of our road trip. Wild camping. Sleeping under the stars. Or under the rain. I woke up in the middle of the night because a rain drop fell on my eyeball. I mean I don’t mind the rain, but don’t wake me up. All 4 of us woke up from the bit of rain at night. But all 4 of us just turned around and fell asleep again. Until it started to drip again in the early morning. After coffee for the others and some good breakfast for me we’re ready to hit the road again. Pack up and go.

It continue to drizzle. The windscreen wiper is going. The only concern we have is that our mattress will be wet for the next night. I pulled a blanket over it in order to protect it a bit. But so far it’s not raining enough in order to make the mattress wet. What’s that? A baboon around the corner. It seems to be the alpha male who was supervising the area.

We’re driving slow. Cruising would be the right description. That’s what you do in terrain like this. We’re following elephant tracks up the road. They seemed to walk in the same direction like us. But how far are they ahead of us? The tracks could be a day old. Or 2 maybe 3? We don’t know.

Guinea fowls are running around. Not in big groups. We always see 3 or 4 together.

Driving up the canyon. Yellow flowers show us that the area got some rain. Not enough for so late in the season though.

We’re getting into a field of high grass. Think it’s called disappeared in the reed.

But the bakkie goes through. It can even hide in it.

The rock formations of this valley are amazing. The layers of different rocks in those mountains. Spectacular.

Dawie spots a herd of Kudus ahead of us. Running away from us. It’s always nice to see some game.

The riverbed gets very narrow. And green. Reed as far as you can see. Which is not far, because the reed is so high you can’t see anything. Think that’s the road. We stop. I wanna walk through and film it. Dawie says I should be careful. Paradies for snakes it is.

Martin’s Land rover is the first car pushing through the grass. The reed is even higher than the Land rover. The Isuzu disappears completely. I can only see it once it comes closer.

It’s fun. We enjoy the drive. With an average of 10kph. A waterhole. No wonder we see so many animals. Imagine camping here. You would get eaten up by mosquitos. Yes slowly but surely we have to look out for a camping spot again. But definitely not in this area.

Love the scenery. So beautiful. The clouds disappeared and not it’s getting humid. And hot.

Some chickens on the left. I’m always so proud when I spot an animal before Dawie does. Even if its just a chicken. Growing up in this area makes him of cause the better guide. But now and then when he has to focus more on the path I get the chance of spotting animals.

We’ve seen quite few steenboks (Steinantilope) today. One of the smallest antelopes in Namibia. I’ve seen them before, but never that often. You always see 2 together. The couples stay together. Cute little animals. And they don’t seem scared of us at all. They stare at us, but do not run away.

Look at this picture. All these colours. The grass. Flowers. Mountains in the back. And of course the blue sky above all

Our cars blend in the surrounding. Covered in dust and sand. The valley opens up again. Definitely time to set up camp. First we need to find the right spot.

We found it. Park the cars in the shade under a tree. Pull the shade covers out. It’s lunch time. The sun is burning us. We apply that much sunscreen on that the skin is white. I still feel like getting burned. It’s brutal.

But I’m hungry. It’s time for lunch. Braai broodjies. But to make them we need a fire. Did I tell you already it’s hot? In the shade.

Another feature which I didn’t know about got added to our camping style. A bush shower. I’m telling you – it’s awesome. We placed it on a tree opposite of the camp.

Nobody is moving. Sitting in the shade on a chair. Cold beer in the hand. But someone has to make lunch.

Step one – 10 seconds under the shower.

Check the wind direction. Choose a spot for the fire. Stand in the shade. Get a cold Savanna out. Drink. Drag the bag of wood out. Stand in the shade. Wait. Place the wood on a pile.

Go stand under the shower again.

Find one match. Decide to to light the fire without firestarters. Stare at the fire. Fire starts up. Run to the shade. Drink my savanna. Look at the fire. Getting burned by just looking at it. It’s probably 40 degrees in the shade. And why on earth would you make a fire in this heat. Because I’m hungry. Drink. Put another piece of wood on the fire. Feels like I’m melting.

Go stand under the shower.

Put the grid on coals. Wait in the shade. Open my second savanna. I’m working hard. I deserve it. The others say. I take the grid off. Clean it. Stand in the shade. Drink. Put braai broodjies which I luckily prepared already at home on the grid. Drink. Put it on the coals which seem ridiculous hot. Run to the shade. Drink. Turn the grid.

Go stand under the shower.

Turn the grid. Move to the shade. Drink. Turn the grid. Move to the shade. Finish the savanna. Fetch the grid. Put the braai broodjies on the table. Sit down. Eat. Die little bit. Seems like I am capable of quite some hard work when I’m hungry. But I won’t move anymore. Making a fire in the hottest time of the day. All the food is vanished within 5 minutes. But nobody was hungry. Apparently.

Go stand under the shower. For 30 seconds.

Many hours later. When sun almost disappears on the horizon. And after another shower. I do move again. Time for my daily walk with the camera.

We’re north of Brandberg. The setting (or rising) sun paints the mountain with red and orange colours. That gave the mountain it’s name. Because it looks like it is burning which means in Afrikaans brand. The mountain burns.

In the meantime I see tracks everywhere. But here are lots of elephant tracks. Not sure how fresh they are.

I love taking walks through the nature. It’s so quiet. But in the same time you can hear so much if you listen to the nature. Birds singing. Wind blowing through the trees. Insects buzzing around. Okay there is no wind. But still, I enjoy it.

Stunning nature.

What an amazing day we had.

Dinner time. But I’m not doing anything. Stood long enough close to the fire today. The boys can do that now. Even if it means we start a massive bush fire again. I’m just hanging in my chair. Relaxing.

Watching the stars. Looking into the night. Falling slowly asleep. This heat makes you tired.


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