Namibia: Life on a working farm

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Okavango river at Rundu

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Namibian sunsets are some of the best

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Jan and Elmaria, met at the campsite in Rundu. Spent a rest day with them.

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When unsuccessfully looking for a wild camp spot I happened upon Mathews farm. He patiently answered questions and described life on a large farm that gets little to no rainfall. Kindly made sure I was well fed and watered!
Mentioned that I was visiting a friend I used to work with in England. “I know a Beckers.. I bet you its the same one..”
Sure enough a phone call was made and the connection confirmed, he also knew his father! He passed me the details of Beckers senior and an invite to stay on his farm.

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Baobab tree

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Amarulla tree with the fruits used to make the famous alcoholic drink

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Mamba, seen a few live ones but never hung round to take photos as they lift their head and flatten their neck when you stop and stare..

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War cemetery in Grootfontein

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What a hairstyle. Any twitchers who can identify?

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Standing on a giant meteorite made mostly from iron

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These giant crickets are everywhere. They crawl up your leg, in your bags and are ferocious cannibals, not even waiting for the other cricket to die before chomping away. its quite disturbing to watch.

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So do I go left or right??

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Caution, dogs with moustacheos

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This is a Namibian horsefly.. very annoying

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Gravel road in the north. A pleasure to ride on.

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Was kindly hosted and fed by the family who run a campsite / guest lodge. Talked about and questioned over the trip by the youngsters at the dinner table. A fun social evening with great people. Sadly lost the group photo.

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The Beckers family. I worked with Peter at HiTek Power in England (second from left).
Peter Beckers (senior) gave me an interesting tour of the farm. As a biologist he can provide many fascinating insights. Very well fed on the best cuts of game and an array of dishes to cater for the hungriest of cyclists.

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Main family farm house

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Rigging up a pump to use an engine due to lack of wind

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Animals spotted on the farm. Bird is a bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the world.
On the second day Beckers (junior) and Birgit joined

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