On Monday, June 25 I started from Camp Synchro tardily to go back to Orupembe. The day before the track which passes by MarienFlüss had an inscription on a stone "Strictly No Access". I thus took the track on left while going northwards cf the map above. This Monday not seeing prohibition I took the southern/northern prohibited track. These two tracks pass on both sides of an assembly line. The landscapes are almost identical but different because that prohibited has a ground much sandier and without vegetation in its central part. I arrived at the beginning of afternoon at Rooidrom where I decided to bivouac. Little before I met three Himba-people of which a young woman overlapping a donkey.
On Tuesday, June 26 I took the direction to Opuwo while passing again through Orupembe. Obviously I crossed again the Joubert's Pass. Little before Orupembe I met a stone Himba-man with his bundle on the shoulder certainly in the direction of his village. Each one of us had his lodging, him in his bundle and me in my camper, a civilizational gap! Yesterday evening at the bivouac at Red Drum a Himba shepherd had come to greet me. He was very tall and skeletal. This evening I bivouac at the edge of the track in the mountains.
|Himba man with a bundle on the track|
On Wednesday, June 27 I continued my way on D3707 up to Opuwo to fill the tank with diesel, fuel with 50 ppm (low sulfur) and not with 500ppm as in the remote villages as well as supply in food. I benefitted from a good WiFi connection to publish the pages of my website of which a video. The track up to Opuwo is better and worse I put 4:00 to traverse the 118 km from the bivouac in the mountain to the gas station at Opuwo. My done business I took again my road towards Epupa and I found a bivouac in nature in edge of track hidden by shrubs.
On Thursday, June 28 was still a great morning of travelling track to reach Epupa Falls. The bird's eyes view from the campsite Epupa Falls View Point is splendid, I decided to bivouac there. Tomorrow the 163 km of track along Kunene River to go to Ruacana are announced as very hard and rough, good night.
|Landlady's Epupa Falls View Point Campsite|
On Saturday, June 30 I left the view of Epupa Falls with regrets to make the D3700 track towards Ruacana along Kunene River natural border with Angola bordered with mountains Angolan side. After a few kilometers the track was often well travelling and quasi without corrugated. Admittedly sometimes of the bleedings of the torrents for rainy season towards Kunene treacherously cross the track leaving rocks having been involved. I arrived at Ruacana at the beginning of afternoon. The village is announced by T4A maps with a gas station, yes; with a Atm, yes but out of work; with a supermarket, yes but only a mini-market with cash! Information taken to the staff the town of Oshifo away from approximately 20 km has two banks with ATM's and a Shopride supermarket and other stores. This city on T4A map does not have any icon of facilities. The Ruacana only interest is to be at the bottom of pylon of telecommunications offering a good speed of WiFi transfer. I bivouacked on Friday evening and Saturdays behind the gas station.
On Sunday, July 1 the C35 road towards Kamanjab with an asphalted roadway of good quality quickly brought me to Galton Gate entered of Etosha Natioanl Park where I paid the entry permit in the park for seven days to track the wild life, so according to the receptionist, I am lucky. The track of Etosha is rather rough. At the Olifantsrus camp-site I reserved a site for 4 days as well as a two days site in Numatoni camp-site with a return to Olifantsrus for the seventh day. The altitude in the park is between 1100 and 1200 meters high.
|En route C35||Etosha track|