After we relaxed in Augrabies Falls National Park it was time for a new country. We drove from Augrabies to the Nakop border post. The border crossing went as smooth as one could hope for. You just need to go from one office to the next to get stamps on a card that you have to hand over at the end. We couldn’t find the immigration office of Namibia at first but it turned out that this was situated 17 km further.
Namibia has a number of super straight highways going from one end of the country towards the other. We noticed that immediately when we took a 150 kilometer road towards Grunau. This little village is easy to miss both on a map and in real life. It’s nothing more than a couple of houses and a gas station. Since you’re able to look as far as your eyes can see we saw a big thunderstorm in the distance. At the same time the moon decided to rise which resulted in a really great photo.
The Quivertree forest
We woke up early the next day and drove to Keetmanshoop to stock up on some basic groceries. We noticed that a large population of Namibia also speak Afrikaans. This is not a big surprise since Namibia was ruled by South Africa for a long time. Namibia became independent only in 1990. Once we were done in Keetmanshoop we headed to the quivertree forest and saw these special trees.
We continued on the B1 towards Windhoek. After about 100 kilometer we saw the Vulcanic Brukkaros crater on our left. We took the exit and drove another 50 kilometer on a dirt road towards the crater. There used to be a camping near the Brukkaros Crater but now everything is deserted. You only see the remains of the campsites. There is one campsite at the bottom of the crater and one higher up near the lip of the crater. You’ll have to take a rocky 4×4 road to get up there. Guess which one we took.
After we had lunch we decided to hike to the lip. It’s a 40 minute walk on the steep rocks after which you’re rewarded with a great view of the crater itself. You then need to take the same trail back which can be tricky since there are no signs left.
We decided to sleep at the Brukkaros Crater and chose a nice spot to pitch our tent. This was our first ‘wild camping’ experience which was quite exciting and a bit scary. We hoped for a clear night so we could see the stars. Without the light pollution (there are simply no lights to be found within dozens of kilometers) the stars were supposed to be amazing. We were not that lucky: it was an overcast night. The good news was that there was no wind so we could sleep reasonably good (you always sleep a little lighter while camping in the wild). What an amazing experience!!