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Day 93, Solitaire - Luderitz

After a sleep interrupted by temperature drops, we were back on the road early to the desert region of Namib-Naukluft National Park, where we ate brekkie then driving through picturesque sand dunes. We stopped to trek up Dune 45 and obtain some colourful photos. Also drove to Sossusvlei for an abbreviated look around. Temperatures exceeded 40oC as we drove initially east, then south along more metal roads, but some very unique scenery - desert wastelands, deserted roads and plains, dunes and some rock faces. It was a long hot day. Arrived at 7.00 pm and, deservedly, set off to a pub to catch some Super 12 action. Ate tender succulent ostrich meat.

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Day 92, Swakopmund - Solitaire

Had to endure an early rise (8.00 am) for our shark fishing trip with Shane. After an hour's drive to a nice, calm beach we were immediately into the action with a 40 kilogram bronze whaler falling prey. It was the first of 11 sharks caught and returned to the Atlantic waters. It was exhilarating, yet tiring, struggling 30 minutes to land my second and last 90 kilogram catch. Some good photos and a good lunch all for NZ$220! We drove all afternoon through nice deserts, gorges, rocky regions, on mostly shingle roads and reached one stop Solitaire at 8.00 pm. Enjoyed a good feed of sandwiches and strudel before sleeping under the stars next to the car.

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Day 91, Swakopmund

Our day started with a drive just out of town to large sand dunes for our sand-boarding experience. The walks up provided much needed exercise and the boarding was good fun with lots of good spills. Also had a few runs on belly-boards racing >80 km/hr down hot dunes. Beers and lunch was appreciated. Popped into town to shop before Freynus took us on an entertaining booze cruise with his tractor and trailer over dunes and up the dry Swakopmund River - drinking Tafel Lager. Viewed historic horses graveyard before returning and heading into town. Fun night out with Tom and Christina and Ozzie, Dan and Al. Cooch and I kicked on to a club for some dancing.

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Day 90, Etosha National Park - Swakopmund

After a hearty brekkie, Kirky had us on our game drive by 6.45 am. The views were disappointing compared with yesterday - but we did get to see a group of bat-eared foxes, two lazy lions and three relaxing cheetah (bonus). Also viewed a good watering hole at the last park camp to see good combo views. We left the park 2.00 pm, happy with the results, but unlucky to strike wet season when animals were dispersed. Our five hour drive included some Namib Desert area and long, straight, empty roads through wastelands - flanked by arid brown hills. First stop was sand dunes to catch the sunset. Booked into Space Hostel.

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Day 89, Etosha National Park

A good sleep - thanks to a spring mattress and air con! After a healthy cereal brekkie, we enthusiastically departed for our game drive at the 6.45 am opening time. Highlights included seeing distant hyenas and jackal feeding on a carcass, a dead (unappetising) giraffe, a lioness with three small cubs, a wandering lion and the usual antelope. We booked into the Halali Camp with another nice chalet, lunched, took a siesta and swim before commencing a four hour evening game drive. Although we spotted a destructive elephant, frolicking zebra and scores of pronking springbok, the big cat provided elusive. Another big buffet tea.

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