The car keys

 

Our issue with the car keys started at the Trans Kalahari Inn. We could not open the back canopy of the pickup to extract our luggage for our first night stay.

We tried before and after dinner, both to no avail. Perhaps, it would be better in the full light of the morning. We were not despondent though. Still high on the euphoria of arriving in Namibia and starting our adventure. This was just a minor hiccup.

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To Tsauchab

 

We waved to the Trans Kalahari Inn as we drove past to start the day again. We didn't see the troop of Baboons on the road from the airport today. However, we soon came upon a big hangar type structure straddling the road, but without doors at either end.

The structure is there just to provide shade for the police whilst they check your papers, search your car or truck, or, as happened to us, just wave you through with the merest wave or nod, provided you stop at the stop sign.

Windhoek

Just a few more miles and we were driving through Windhoek. The capital city with a population of less than 500,000, but with all the normal accoutrements of speed cameras, speed humps, policemen, traffic lights, roundabouts, and of course, traffic. Through into the mix, four way stops and three way stops, very rare in the UK. We are not disciplined enough to make those work. Straight into the centre of the capital heading for the B1 and the road south. Shops, pedestrians, traffic, and taxis everywhere. We made a wrong turn with signs often worn out and right at the junction, too late for a change of lane. No matter, a quick turn arround had us back on route. Not really very difficult, in on the B6,  Sam Nujoma Drive, out on the B1, or Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue. The satnav was on but had yet to find our next location. So we set it to Rehoboth to get us in the right direction. Not so much as to tell us the way to go, as there is not a lot of choise outside the capital, but to record where we were going and at what time. We could then link the photo time to the position of the GPS satnav to geolocate the photos.

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Agama River Camp

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Tsauchab River Camp

 

Tsauchab River Camp was the accommodation for our second night in Namibia. It was easy to find, well signposted, just off the road we were travelling on. I was going to use  the phrase 'off the main road', but that would give the wrong impression. Only road would be a closer representation. It was just as well it was easy to find because we were late for dinner. The delay to the start of our days travel due to the car keys problem had the predictable impact of late arrival at our destination for the day. What we did not know was the impact that would have.

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Thrifty Car Rental catalogue of errors

We had a few problems with the car hire. This is the with hindsight collection of those problems.

Picking up the car from Thrifty Car Rental

No handover.

No advice about tyre pressures on dirt roads

No instruction about hub locks or transfer box. (Instructions for transfer box later found on driver's sun shield)

No car manual / instruction booklet

No advice about 4x4 high at all times on dirt roads or if this damages tyres and transmission. Apparently some people are moving over to continuous 4x4 H instead of only in bad conditions with 4x4 Low being used when stuck. The always engaged 4x4 of the like of Range Rover and Volvo have very sophisticated power monitoring and sharing.

We have also learnt that Thrifty's contract with Your Safari, the actual hirer of the car, includes tyre and windscreen protection. As they knew it was hired through Your Safari, as confirmed in conversation at pickup, why did they try to sell us cover that was already in place. How many other times was this successful?

 

 

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