To travel Namibia I decided to do an Overland truck tour which is basically driving on-board a converted army truck, 4 wheel drive Mercedes, camping with a random group. Luckily my group was a good bunch, a small but varied group of 7 nationalities. The tour offered all the highlights of Namibia and we had soon seen the massive Fish River Canyon, and the incredible dunes of the Namib Desert, and Swakopmund on the Skeleton coast (where half my group ended up injured from a quad bike accident!), but I soon realised there were pro's and con's to this kind of travel. The pro's were the ease of travel as Namibia's particularly difficult to get around and huge, been in the group with good company, and some great food all cooked for by the guides. But been on a tour its limiting sticking to itinerary, and you don't get to live the country.
On the day of the Champions League final me and the Irish lad Ray were hoping to watch it but the further into the desert we went it seemed a lost cause. We ended up at a place called Spitzkoppe about as far in the wilderness as you can get, a huge rock formation in the middle of the desert, and the only facilities a long-drop toilet! nice. Whilst wondering around the area we found out the local village had one black & white TV (opposite the one shop was the directions) and we got invited to watch it later, so for a while we thought it was on, but the harsh reality of our surroundings put an end to that, we found it difficult enough to find our way back to camp at dusk, and the darker it became we realised we would never make the 5km or so trek to where ever the village was (we would probably still be wondering around lost now).
We didn't find out the score for a few days more because next its was a day at a Cheetah sanctuary (rather than farmers killing cheetahs, their encouraged to catch and send them here) which offered incredibly close experience with the cats especially the feeding of the wild ones, this was followed by a few days in Etosha National Park. Etosha is brilliant with its flat plains and isolated waterholes offering amazing viewing, the best of which was lions hunting antelope and at night going for a Giraffe at the floodlight waterhole next to the camp sight. There was also loads of Rhino's all squaring up to each other over territory. Next was Rundo on the Angola boarder where its still very rural and traditional with the local tribes and their villages (unfortunatly my photos from here onwards are damaged so thats it for Namibia).