the end, the wind stays light, dropping out to almost nothing as we head up the
fog bound coast. We decide on calling into Luderitz, the neighboring country of
Namibia's southernmost harbour. Formally the German colony of Southwest Africa,
then governed by South Africa, Namibia became independent in 1990. Luderitz is a
town steeped in its early colonial history. German architecture dominates and
the shops that line Bismarkstrasse (the main street) sell plenty of German style
goods. At the small Yacht Club we are lucky enough to meet Giel, a local who
takes us in his 4WD on a three day tour into the awe inspiring desert interior.
When we move further up the coast to Walvis Bay, his friends there adopt us and show
us even more, including chauffeuring us to Etosha National Park, where the
wildlife viewing is second to none. After enjoying such wonderful local
hospitality, Namibia is a country hard to say goodbye to.