Chapter 2: Not all those who wander are lost….

After the gruelling first leg of the expedition brought us to the small town of Koës, we got to have a good ‘ol fashioned game of cricket with the locals before we rested for the night. We woke up at 4:30 am and left Koës wistfully at 5 am as we headed towards a famous Namibian landmark and geological phenomenon that is said to have been formed 180 million years ago—Giants Playground.

The drive was quite challenging due to the dust and it was difficult to see in front of us while driving. In fact, we nearly collided with a kudu but managed to stop ahead of time thanks to the LED front fog lamps and the excellent braking quality of the Karoo bakkie. We arrived at Giants Playground just as the sun was rising and were treated to some awe-inspiring scenery at this miracle of nature.

The Giant’s Playground is located about 10km northeast of Keetmanshoop in Namibia, it’s a breathtaking valley with huge boulders stacked neatly on top of each other as if a giant toddler was playing with them. Hence the name. The team grabbed some great footage with the sun rising so it was worth the early wake-up call.

Next, we stopped just outside of Keetmanshoop to capture footage of the Quiver Tree Forest, a collection of strange-looking trees; the tallest are said to be about three hundred years old. The trees also hold significant historical value because the branches were used to make quivers (containers to hold arrows) by the indigenous San people. After marveling at yet another wonder of nature, we stopped in Mariental for lunch and to refuel. Several locals came running out to greet the team and see the vehicles, as they had read about the expedition in one of the local newspapers.

We stopped again to take a photo with the “Tropic of Capricorn” road sign, it marks the location of one of the five major circles of latitude—the others being The Arctic Circle, Tropic of Cancer, Equator and The Antarctic Circle. How cool? We drove off towards Rehoboth but had to stop once again so that we could take part in a radio interview with Kosmos Radio, an internet radio station in Namibia. I think we are famous now *chuckle*.

Around 5 pm, we finally arrived at our destination—Windhoek. We went straight to the Mahindra Windhoek dealership where customers and staff welcomed the team and were excited to view the vehicles. We stayed over at the Arabush Travel Lodge in Windhoek and had an early night after a long day of travel and sightseeing. The next day, we went back to the dealership so that the Karoo vehicles could be put up for exhibition- show off their capabilities to the Namibian customers. There was a lot of excitement and a lot of questions from the locals about the exhibition and the vehicles themselves.

Next, we will be leaving the lush grasslands of Windhoek behind and heading into one of the harshest, most desolate places on the continent!

Join us in part three of our ongoing blog series as we explore all that Southern Africa has to offer as we Unleash The Explorer In You!


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