Posted by: tim ellis | September 24, 2006

Shongololo Dune Express – Saturday 2nd September

Train day. We are train bound today as we travel through the great karoo to Namibia. The most obvious sign of wildlife are the sociable weaver bird nests on the power lines – some of which are massive! We do see a couple of springbok running off as we leave breakfast.

We are called to the dining car at around 11:30 to present our passports and departure forms (clearly labelled “arrival form” (which, apparently is the only difference)). Hardly have we finished that when its lunch time (during which we are stationary awaiting a new engine for the next leg).

Then another lazy afternoon until we get to the Namibian passport control . Although we arrive early it takes a long time to get through as the officials keep changing their minds as to how they are going to do it. Once it is all cleared we have to wait for a train as EE are swapping engines here too. So although Petra originally thought we would be in place by midnight we are still moving at 2 a.m.


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