Our plan for the day was to go into Springbok to the information office, get supplies at the Shoprite supermarket then have lunch at the Springbok Lodge & Restaurant, which Gerald had told us was worth a visit not only for the food but for the info we could pick up for our time in Namibia. The Tourist information office gave us an excellent book about accommodation, camping and things to do. Our shopping list was fulfilled at the Shoprite and by midday we were sitting in the Springbok Lodge Restaurant. A jolly lady came with the menu, we went for the full house breakfast, which consisted of two rashers of bacon, two large sausages, two eggs, chips and a salad and tomato garnish as well as two slices of toast each. It was to be our brunch as well as our dinner as it turned out as we were both full for the rest of the day. We did however go a little overboard with our drinks as instead of coffee we each enjoyed a glass of South African dry red wine, very civilized.
Leaving Springbok we continued north along the N7 driving about 120 kilometers to the Namibian border. The South African border control was quick and efficient stamping us out of the country in little more than ten minutes. A short drive in no mans land across the famous Orange River brought us to the Namibian border where once again we were quickly issued with our visas. All non Namibian vehicles traveling in Namibia have to pay a road tax, our tax was ND248 about €17,50.
As we crossed the border I drove into the Shell service station, we had been told fuel in Namibia was 20% cheaper than in South Africa. Our Toyota has twin tanks holding a total of 150 liters, the jolly lady attendant managed to put in 120 liters which cost only €90, a huge saving compared to European prices. We had planned to go to the Canyon Roadhouse to camp but Gerald had mentioned a place worth seeing called Ai-Ais Hot Springs so we headed for them. Arriving we were surprised at the cost for camping, €26,60, the most expensive camping fees so far, we both hoped it wasn't to be the Norns in Namibia. The afternoon had been very hot, around 40C, the dry air sucking all the moisture from the air. Having wandered around the camping area we managed to find a spot that would hopefully give us a little shade in the morning. With the roof-tent up we enjoyed our wine while chatting allowing the temperature to drop somewhat before we went to bed.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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