Drive Africa: An adventure journal

I started keeping a journal of our journey with Drive Africa

 Part I- South Africa, 14th March 2014

Our long term car trip through Southern Africa

Our trip started almost a month ago in Johannesburg on the 26th of February. We rented a car here. It was hard to book online for us as we are young and through contact we made with Drive Africa we were lucky to find Alex who sorted things out for us and gave us some options. Alex was also able to organise my brother to be able to drive without an extra expensive surcharge. Anyway, we rented a long term car rental for three months we are now on our way.

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Johannesburg by night.

From Johannesburg we travelled to Clarens and Champagne’s Castle in the mighty Drakensberg mountains. Here we explored the Drakensburg by hiking on the many trails that are offered.

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Champagne Castle

 

From there we went to the Ithala game reserve, this is where we first saw the wildlife of South Africa, it was amazing especially the elephants and rhinos. We left Ithala for St Lucia, but because of the rain we did only the wetland park here (hippos, crocodiles etc.) and moved on to Cape Town.

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Rhinos at Ithala

We had really nice stops in Southbroom, Coffee bay, Cintsa, Hogsback and now Addo. We’ll continue our ride to Cape Town tomorrow and visit Namibia and Botswana afterwards. So far it looks like our VW polo vivo is taking us anywhere, thanks to Drive Africa & first car rental!

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Coffee Bay

Theo and Lars.

 

Part II – Namibia, 8 April 2014

 

With our VW polo, which we rented through Drive Africa, we left Cape Town for Namibia on this really long distance. Our first stop was the Fish River Canyon, the world’s second largest canyon in the world! The views were amazing! At the Fish River Canyon campsite we met two Dutch guys and from there we have travelled all the way together.

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Fish River Canyon

 

From the Fish River we drove up to Luderitz a German city that stands still in time. From Luderitz we drove up to Sossusvlei where we watched the sun rising and did a hike on the largest dune of Namibia. From Sossusvlei we drove onto Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a much nicer city then Luderitz, there is just more to do.

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Dune 45 at Sossusvlei

We did some quad biking in the dunes there and it was awesome! We travelled from Swakop to Brandberg where we did a guided tour to the white lady bushman paintings which date back 5000 years. Today we are in Outjo, our stop before we head to Etosha National Park.

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Dust cloud in Etosha
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Lioness at Etosha National Park

We will take some time looking at all the animals in Etosha before moving on to Botswana/Kasane. Amazing trip so far and sure glad we found a company that does long term car rental at an affordable price!

Theo