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May '10

Day 224-225: Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 May 2010

Posted by steve@buddyandme.co.za

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My updated itinerary for Namibia and Botswana, to the end of the tour.

The PROPOSAL TO THE PRESIDENT for your perusal.

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Bobbi Bear Foundation (KwaZulu-Natal)
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The weekend was a nice relaxing and quiet one. Saturday morning found me once again doing a bit of maintenance on Buddy in the form of stripping his indicator switch unit which has been giving me problems forever, with the switch lever sticking and jamming and generally just giving me headaches. I have never attempted to open the unit because I was scared that the usual thing that happens when I attempt to open anything mechanical or electrical would happen, all sorts of goodies and springs and things jump out at me and after putting it back together I have enough components to make another unit. But low and behold this time it did not happen and I managed to open it and discovered that a small squirt of Q20 and some grease was all that was needed to sort out the problem, and after reassembling it there were no parts left over, so walla! Buddy’s indicators are working like a charm, real smooth action nogal.

The afternoon of course was spent watching rugby, and Oo ooo, the Sharks kicked butt against the Stormers, so I guess there are a few Stormers supporters who are not happy with us Sharks supporters, but the Stormers and the Cheetahs have done it to the Sharks on a number of occasions, as in although they could not make the semi-finals they beat the Sharks which stopped the Sharks making the semi’s. So guys no hard feelings I hope, that’s the name of the game, each team goes out and plays to the best of their abilities and may the better team win, this time it was the Sharks who were definitely the better team. So now the Stormers have to go out on Saturday and prove that they are as good as they think they are and beat the Bulls at Newlands.

Sunday I was up, showered, packed, finished a scrumptious breakfast made by Hannerie and was bidding farewell to Basil, Hannerie and Oupa Markus at 10am. Unfortunately Christiaan and Silke had already gone off and so after thanking Basil and Hannerie for their incredible friendship, hospitality and generosity, I drove out of the farm gates and headed for Otjiewarongo, 175 kilometres north of Okahandja.

The weather was great, clear and very hot. The countryside was flat and covered with thick, dense thorn trees and shrubs and as usual I could see for kilometres in all directions.

<i>This photo was taken 70 kilometres out of Okahandja and 100 kilometres from Otjiewarongo, and is typical of the countryside throughout the journey</i>

This photo was taken 70 kilometres out of Okahandja and 100 kilometres from Otjiewarongo, and is typical of the countryside throughout the journey

<i>Welcome to Otjiewarongo</i>

Welcome to Otjiewarongo

Unfortunately no arrangements had been made for me for accommodation in Otjiewarongo and so I sort out the closest, which also turned out to be the only, camping facilities in the town, ‘The Acacia Park Rest Camp’. On entering the reception office, the friendly Ovambo on duty named Erwin, was really impressed with Buddy and when I explained what ‘Buddy and Me’ were doing, he was impressed and said “Yes that is a very good thing, this is a big problem in our country”. I asked if it would be possible to speak to the owner or manager about the possibility of them assisting me with a sponsored campsite for two nights and he was sure that they would. He contacted the owner, Freddie Kotzé, who together with his wife Petro own the camping resort, on a two-way-radio and told Freddie the situation.

Unfortunately Erwin was talking on an open line two-way-radio and so I heard the conversation, and all I can say is that Freddie unfortunately falls into the calibre of probably only two other individuals I have had the misfortune of meeting and being forced to accept accommodation from. His attitude is, to put it mildly, shocking, and as an owner of an establishment which is in the hospitality industry he seriously needs to attend a course in just plain courtesy and good manners, enough said.

Having said that however, after booking in and paying the full rate because firstly according to Freddie “He is not running a charity organisation”, and secondly because there are no other camping facilities in Otjiewarongo, I set up camp and then took a drive into town to purchase the necessaries for supper. At the Spar centre, I was approached by a group of woman and men who firstly wanted a closer look at Buddy and then got into a lengthy chat about the child rape situation in both the Otjiewarongo district and Namibia as a whole, and all seemed to support the comments of the people I had spoken to in the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay areas, as mentioned in my previous blog.

<i>My campsite at the Acacia Park Rest camp</i>

My campsite at the Acacia Park Rest camp

<i>Fellow campers</i>

Fellow campers

In-spite of what I think of Freddie’s bad manners and attitude, the park is a nice and clean resort and at the rate they charge is definitely value for money, although the whole time I was there, there was no hot water in the showers, although there was in the hand basins, but I find it difficult trying to bath in a hand basin. Should you wish to visit Otjiewarongo and require camping facilities, Acacia Park contact details are: caciapa@mweb.com.na.

And so ended mine and Buddy’s weekend, the weather has been kind to us, lots of sunshine and so I hope it continues for the remainder of our journey through this lovely country of Namibia and continues into Botswana. So stay well, and keep all children safe.

Caring regards from
‘Buddy and Me’ (Steve Heath)
Send your comments and opinions, whatever they are, to: steve@buddyandme.co.za

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