2010 BMW X5 Adventure Trip in Namibia (Page 6)
DAY 5 – SUN LOTION FOR THE WIN
It was the first time when we opened the bags and searched for the sun lotion. No rain means sun, lotion and beautiful views all around. To become a little poetical, was we've seen there looked like a small paradise on the edge of chaos.
Just after breakfast, we took the X5s out for a 250-kilometer ride in the desert, of course, through unpaved roads. We've reached a small local factory that used wood to make all kinds of statues, most of them sold to tourists, and then refueled the cars.
We also got a glimpse of the Namibian wine business after we stopped at the Kristall Kellerei. Many types of wine, some of them from California and Southern France, but Namibians also tried to use the Mexican cactuses for creating the alcoholic drink named Schnaps. An interesting fact is that Namibians tried to fight the cactus expansion with the help of a special parasite (with a special red pigment used for cosmetics), but it is now resisting even toxic substances, so it started affecting other types of plants as well.
The next part of our expedition took us to some breathtaking mountain views that made us think about history and the way time makes us almost insignificant. It was a moment of reflection about our origins, about the evolution of humanity and about the way we all try to influence time in a way or another...
After the philosophy session, our BMW guide finally decided to show us what the X5 is capable of in off-roading. We thus traveled on a highly abrupt rock platform trying not to break the cars into pieces. Not only we managed to do this pretty easy, but it was also incredibly fun, thanks to the way the X5 behaves in these tough conditions.
The next thing to do was to jump off the cars and walk towards the peak of the mountain to simply admire the view. Excuse us because we're so amazed, but what we've seen there was just like a National Geographic poster...
We spent the night at the so-called Ai Aiba Lodge (in plain English, this would translate into the painted rock), in some sort of rustic rooms just like the ones at the Okapuka Ranch.
From the point of view of communications, Namibia has a strong GSM signal almost all over the country, while most of the ranches were offering free Wi-Fi connectivity. The only issues were experienced with phone connections appeared after the heavy rain showers during the night.
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