Final leg of the trip - Swakopmund to Benoni.
So on the following day, we did a few more interesting activities, namely:
Dolphin Cruise from Walvis Bay.
We saw the seal colony with ±180 000 seals which inhabit the area, and no natural predators mean that those number flourish every year. Apparently the female seals are pregnant from around 2 years old, and after each pup is born, they immediately become impregnated again, and continue this cycle for the rest of their lives.
We caught some live action, including seals on the boat, pelicans low-flying, and seagulls stealing fish from the boat..
We then went to the Kristal Gallery in Swakopmund, well worth a R20 visit for ±1 hour!!!
ANYWAY, after a lovely day, we all decided to meet at the Tug Boat restaurant in Swakop. We had an 8pm booking and decided to splurge on some cocktails and fancy starters while waiting for a few of our camping companions, when the waitress walks over to us and softly announces that a certain companion has broken down and is on the phone at reception...
That turned out to be the end of our holiday, as we then spent the next 2 days in Swakopmund getting a new prop shaft for the 110 Defender! This time the damage was not so easily repairable and we missed the next stage of our trip (Arhnem Caves) as we rushed around from dealer to stealer getting the parts we needed. We spent the last two days driving from Swakopmund to Kang, Botswana, which was a 1100km journey. It was also the scariest drive of the trip, as we hit rain at the Buitepos/Gobabis border, and anyone who has driven the A2 at night will attest to the dangers! We constantly came across cattle, mules and goats in the middle of the road whilst driving in the rain. We eventually arrived at Kalahari Rest Lodge at 10:30pm, and just managed to catch the bar. We left at around 9am the following morning for JHB, another long stretch @ ±880km's. The rain had not ceased and to make matters worse, the 110 Defender's windscreen wipers gave up before we even hit the border.
Regardless of the issues we experienced, it was an unforgettable trip. I will post a few videos on my YouTube channel in the next few weeks which give a much better idea of the fun we had.
Lastly, anyone interested in the fuel usage:
R9046 spent on fuel
Anyone needing info on places to stay, give me a shout and I can hopefully send contact details and ratings...