Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Diamonds are forever

We crossed the Orange River into Namibia last week and found ourselves cycling through a beautiful, arid, transfrontier national park just south of Fish River Canyon. The deserts of southern Namibia are full of diamonds and we are now riding along the borderĀ of the vast ‘Forbidden Diamond Area’ which is controlled (and heavily guarded) by De Beers.

Suddenly we're in the desert. I am trying out a new headpiece to stop my face from getting burnt. It's 32 degrees today, phew.

Suddenly we’re in the desert. I am trying out a new headpiece to stop my face from getting burnt. It’s 32 degrees today, phew.

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We camped at a lodge next to this small village

We camped at a lodge next to this small village

Still camping on the Orange River

Still camping on the Orange River

The Lodge had a freezing cold swimming pool - the owner said only Germans and children swim at this time of year

The Lodge had a freezing cold swimming pool – the owner said only Germans and children swim at this time of year

A man collecting wood

A man collecting wood

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Covered in flies...

Covered in flies…

No traffic :-)

No traffic :-)

This road was made of soft sand and we had to push the bikes up most of the hill

This road was made of soft sand and we had to push the bikes up most of the hill

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12 Comments

  1. Kirsten's Gravatar Kirsten
    31 July 2014    

    Hey guys, just catching up on your adventures so far – just lovely scenery – can understand why you spend an extra day or two at some of those campsites alongside the river.
    Those dirt roads look like hard work but great that there is minimal traffic. Loved the photos of the meerkats – what fluffy tails – must be their winter coats (simples!….sorry…:-)
    I am also enjoying following your route – good geography lessons for me.
    Take care – I love what you are doing.
    Kirsten x

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      31 July 2014    

      Hi Kirsten, lovely to hear from you. Hope all is good in California. You’re right – the dirt roads are really hard, but we’re definitely getting fitter. It’s great that we’ve got plenty of time this trip (we’re not rushing back to find London jobs), so we’re having lots more days off the bikes. xxx

  2. Terry and Yvonne's Gravatar Terry and Yvonne
    31 July 2014    

    Great to get your updates again. The scenery looks gorgeous although the roads look like very hard work. Are there fresh fruit and veg available, or are you living out of tins and packets? xx Terry and Yvonne

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      1 August 2014    

      There’s limited fresh food available. We’re living on eggs, carrots, apples, bread, biscuits and tin lentils/tomatoes/chickpeas with pasta/smash. And cask wine. X

  3. ma&pa's Gravatar ma&pa
    1 August 2014    

    Sounds very delicious and healthy! Plus cask wine – bonus.
    No time pressure, and having to trudge along sandy roads at least means you have even more time to enjoy that absolutely incredible scenery! Where is everyone? Stunning photos. XX

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      3 August 2014    

      There is nobody around, it’s brilliant. Only 2 million people live in Namibia and they must all be up north. X

  4. Symon's Gravatar Symon
    1 August 2014    

    Nice to catch up on your adventures. Great Photos scenery looks amazing looks like very basic housing in that village Hope Namibia provides less headwinds for you.

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      3 August 2014    

      Yeah we were a bit shocked at that village. It was wierd to be camping at a luxury lodge around the corner. We’ve had just 2 big headwind days in a week so things have improved. Feeling much fitter now too.

  5. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    2 August 2014    

    Is the headgear working? It looks amazing, if hard work ……..

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      3 August 2014    

      Seems to be working except for my burnt nose. Beats using sunscreen all day.

  6. ben's Gravatar ben
    3 August 2014    

    Just catching up on the blog guys. stunning photos. looks like you’ve got back in the swing of things. Looks like great riding, I’m very jealous! Do you let your tires down for all that sand?

    • Nat's Gravatar Nat
      3 August 2014    

      Yep we’re right back into it again and loving it. Tyres are not fully pumped so no need to let them down. Another day on lots of sand again today, aargh. Hope you had a great time in the UK. X

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