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southern namibia
Written by Jerem   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012

For my first day in Namibia, I followed the Orange river which is one of the 3 perennial rivers of the country.

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The GPS showed me to some nice short-cuts.

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And then, I found my self in what most of Namibia is about : desert.

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In the middle of it, is the Fish river canyon, one of the biggest in the world.

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Landscapes in Namibia are really impressive, especially when you found yourself riding right in them.

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On the few trees there, most have exotic shapes.

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Despite all the fences, some wild animals cross the road, including ostriches, springboks, and here a kudu.

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Even the birds nest in Namibia have something exotic.

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When the road gets closer to the Namib desert, the red dunes of Sossusvlei appear.

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The roads continues north, still through barren landscapes.

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One of the few 'big' cities on the namibian coast is Swakopmund, between the Namib desert on the south and the skeleton coast on the north.

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In Swakopmund, you are not allowed to pose with a fish bigger than you!

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It seems that namibian have a certain sense of humour when it comes to road signing : dust free desert 2 kilometres ahead !

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This sign promise a shaded picnic spot 1 kilometre ahead....

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The trees are here, but you shoud come back in 10 years if you want any shade (and only if somebody remember to water the trees)

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Bush camping is easy and enjoyable in the namibian coutryside

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On the way to Windhoek (the capital city) is Spitzkoppe, a huge granite mountain that stands in the middle of the plain.

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