On Monday morning June 18th I left the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Henties Bay to visit White Lady in The Brandberg where is Rock-Arts discovered by the l'abbé Henri Breuil in 1948. The access is by a path of 5.5 km return to the car park along the ba dry river bed with some perilous passages for arthritic articulations. Of course I had my trek sticks. Moreover the heat was intense, +30°C. A guide is obligatory, I called her, Nathalie. With the stops of comments, I traversed the distance in 2:15. Paintings are representative of the rupestral art in the Southern Africa dating back to approximately 2500 years. Harassed I used a bivouac suggested by Ioverlander at approximately 2km from the car park. The temperature reached 36°C in the camper body
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On Tuesday, June 19 on the way towards Twyfelfontein, I stopped to see a petrified forest as I saw during my peregrinations around the world. I point out that they are trees laid down on the ground, in this case of the plants of the gymnospermae family as conifers and same Welwitschia, old of approximately 260 million years. I continued my road to a bivouac close to the rupestral-art site which I would visit tomorrow morning in the fresh air.
On Wednesday morning around 9:00 I was the first with Twyfelfontein to see rupestral engravings which are engraved in the rock with a flint shown by the guide. They are on rocks of various colors putting in scene animals as well as ritual dances to the Sam people divinities. The trip of approximately 2 km is carried out in rocks sometimes very difficult to negotiate even with trekking sticks. Further on at the end of a path a gorge presents basalt columns of approximately 4 meters high. Then finally Burnt Mountain exhibits its colors of fires at the morning sun. To have rest I spent the night at Abu-Huab Rest camp before continuing my way.
Thursday, June 21 was a morning of track to go to Sesfontein before the northern border between Namibia and Angola. In this village the last gas-station is held to fill the tank with diesel fuel knowing that the appointed lady does not change; the local people fill the tank by banknote! Of course no visa card. I bivouacked at the entrance of village.
On Friday, June 22 I traversed the 3707 track from Sesfontein to Purros, 110 km, of stones, sand, corrugated track and others in 3 hours. I was alone on the track, out of cattle. I am in Himba land, but the villages are thin and the population is in the huts, to follow. I established my bivouac away from the village. Heat is up to 38°C in the camper, it is the southern winter!
On Saturday, June 23 I continued my way on D3707 towards Orumpende. The track is often badly corrugated and/or stony. The landscapes are quasi lunar with a low-tension lighting, for energy saving! I took 3:20 for the 108 km. I passed through the village and its three or four huts to bivouac on the track towards Onjuva
On Sunday, June 24 the track from Orupembe to Camp Synchro, 116 km, is jolty, stony, sandy with a Joubert's pass to cross rather sloping leading to the crossroads of Red Drum. Finally I put 4:30 to carry out the way. Camp Synchro is at the edge of Kunene River natural border with Angola. The amenities are simple but correct. Obviously for several days I have no WiFi connection and it will still be necessary to wait. The target to come to the northern borders from Namibia was to traverse the vast MarienFlüss valley extended from sand covered with close-cropped plants delights by goats.