Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hello Namibia....

We flew out of the delta today to Maun in Botswana where we caught our flight to the capitol of Namibia which is Windhoek.  After checking in to our very cool hotel called the Olive Exclusive where we were upgraded to suites (sweet!) we grabbed a taxi and headed out to an international tourism show at the expo grounds.  It was good fun to visit the various booths and there was a wide range of service providers from safari lodges to wineries (yeah wine tasting!).  
Olive Exclusive
We met the wine maker at Beyerskloof which is one of SouthAfrica's best pinotage makers.  The pinotage grape is a special local grape produced originally in South Africa and to me it tastes like a nice blend between a pinot noir and a zinfandel.  Good stuff!  There were food demos and even a beer garden where we tried the local winter beer called Urboch...yummy! 
The local safari vehicle and camping rental outfits were amazing...you should have seen the deluxe camping rigs for self drivers complete with kitchens, pop top campers, Dutch oven stoves and more... After the show we went to a great spot called Joe's beer house which is a local favorite where they served delicious entrees like oryx steak and grilled zebra.  The place was packed with travelers and locals in an outdoor/indoor garden pub with multiple bars.  We even got to watch the start of the Euro 2012 soccer matches...yeah!  Tomorrow we will fly into the Namibia desert which is the oldest desert in the world and features amazing red sand dunes.

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