It’s road trip time once more and this time we’re headed on an extended road trip to the Caprivi and beyond. With over 900km to travel on our first day, we are on the road in the general direction of Etosha National Park well before the sun slaps the tarmac on the B2 highway from Windhoek.
It’s just after 8am when we pull into the service station at Otavi. We are delighted to see that the Hungry Camel is open for breakfast. With a long day ahead of us, we feast on an embarrassingly large breakfast of sausage, eggs, beans, chips, tomato, steak and toast.
A short walk after breakfast eases the associated guilt and before long we’re back on track, heading towards Grootfontein. The landscape is already changing, with small mountaintops raising their heads above the rows of corn alongside the road.
We arrive at the Hoba Meteorite site about an hour later, pay the small admission fee and alight from our vehicle to the viewing site.
This large unassuming chunk of iron and nickel is nestled in the sand with a little amphitheatre surrounding it and isn’t much to look at. However, it’s an eerie feeling to sit there contemplating the scenes that might have unfolded around it –about 80 000 years ago!
Weighing about 50 tons, the Hoba meteorite is recognised as the largest of its kind discovered on earth so far. The rock itself is believed to be between 200 and 400 million years old. It’s mind boggling stuff.
Tearing ourselves away from our musings, we head out towards our overnight stop at Shametu River Lodge outside Divundu. Our first stop is in Grootfontein to stock up on a few essentials before we say goodbye to modern conveniences for a while.
Heading for Divundu
With cool drinks and some biltong to gnaw on as well as a rapidly changing landscape to admire, the 5-hour journey is tolerable. We can’t help feeling a sense of relief when we turn onto the C48 towards Divundu and then spot the signs to our lodge shortly afterward.
Scenes of incredible abundance greet us as we enter the property, everything is so lush and green. We check in quick as a flash, dump our bags in our standard chalets and make tracks down to the riverside.
Here a wooden deck provides panoramas over what must surely be Namibia’s entire quota of water for the year. The Kavango River shimmers over the railing, fat, full and dotted with dense green islands. We soak in the views while sipping on Amarula and decide there and then to join the sunset cruise departing in just an hour.
What a treat to be drifting down the river, past huge hippos. They stare at us with unblinking eyes and flicking ears as the sun sinks ever lower. Every now and then we see a crocodile slip surreptitiously below the surface as we approach, startled from its last-minute sunbathing. It’s a magical experience and a taste of things to come in the Caprivi tomorrow.
Back at our accommodation we crank up the flames for a quick chargrilled bite before slipping under soft sheets. It’s been a long day and it seems we’ve been transported into a whole new world in just a few hours.
The sound of the river rolling off to its destination in the distant Okavango Delta lulls me into satisfied contentment and dreamless slumber.
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