Guildford Travel Club Presents

AGM & From Desert to Delta

17th April 2018

Harry and Jean Wickens

The Speaker

On their trip in 2003 through Namibia and Botswana, Harry and Jean travelled on an overland truck, sleeping in small tents often wild camping i.e. no fences and no mod-cons!  The journey started and finished in Windhoek, Namibia, travelling to the colourful sand dunes at Sossuvlei and the Sesriem Canyon; travelling north along the Skeleton Coast past Cape Cross and the seal colony with visits to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund; visiting the ancient rock paintings at Twyfelfontein and the Etosha National Park with it’s range of wildlife.  Travelling on through the Caprivi Strip and into Botswana they spent a few days in the Okavango Delta before returning through the edge of the Kalahari Desert with a visit to a Bushmen village and a township in Windhoek.

Desert plants and animals, an overfriendly seal, watching a leopard stalk a warthog, a nocturnal attack by hyenas on the food trailer and a flight over the Okavango Delta were some of the highlights they experienced on this trip.

In August 2017 Harry and Jean returned to Namibia on a trip from Cape Town to Windhoek – Flowers of the Cape – in the hope of seeing the desert in bloom.  Due to drought and timing, the desert wasn’t in bloom but they revisited Sossusvlei and Sesriem, and had the additional experiences of seeing Fish River Canyon, the ghost town of Kolmanskop, the ‘Bavarian’ town of Luderitz, more wildlife including penguins and oryx and the opportunity to get up close to cheetahs and rhinos.

Camelthorn Acacia at Deadvlei
Cape Fur Seals
Great White Pelican