Canoe truck A welcome relative lie in with breakfast at 8am. After a surprisingly breezy and chilly trip despite the sun, in an open truck from the campsite, we spent a leisurely morning canoeing down the Orange river, with the current, back to our campsite. There was some interesting birdlife including the African darter with its snake like neck. In the afternoon we headed to the Namibian border crossing and encountered lots of form filling and slow queues as we sheltered from the hot sun. We travelled dry dusty roads to the Fish River Canyon which claims to be second only to the Grand Canyon in size. It was certainly impressive as the sun set over it. We were amused by an old boy who explained his extensive scratches to a shocked oriental girl as being caused by a mauling by a lion – then confessing that he actually fell over onto some acacia thorns.

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