Oppi Koppi in Kamanjab, Namibia

Driving further west, I passed through the small town named ‘Kamanjab’. It was another hot day out west, temperatures passed 30 degrees C by 9 am.

Can’t miss the sign for Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Can’t miss the sign for Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

I arrived at ‘Oppi Koppi’ Lodge and Campground to watch the last rugby international between South Africa and New Zealand. I might as well stay here overnight too. ‘The rugby will be on most certainly’ friendly bar manager Bennie said. ‘One of the girls will check you into the campground!’ After confirming price and my permanent address in Australia, young local girl Trisha asked. ‘You are an overlander? A little surprised I replied, ‘If that’s what you want to call me, then yes!’ ‘Here we go’, I thought. ‘Overlander extra pricing!’ Well, it was in a way. Not the way I expected though. ‘Overlanders camp for free’ she added. ‘We just need a few details of yourself and will take a photo of you and your car before you leave!’ I thought there was a hidden camera pointing at me somewhere, as I never heard anything like this before.

Ostrich neighbourhood, something new, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Ostrich neighbourhood, something new, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

I followed Bennie’s quad to campsite number one, right next to the ostrich paddock. Spacious, with its picnic table in sunshade, a sink and electric connection. Using this area without paying? Am I still in Africa? I watched the rugby match with a few beers and Jägermeister. ‘Namibia is the second largest country in ‘Jägermeister’ consumption, as well as beer consumption!’ Bennie proudly pointed out.

The real Jägermeister, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

The real Jägermeister, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

‘Is that because baboons drink Jägermeister too?’ I asked. Either way, the warnings are clear.

Can’t miss this sign either, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab Namibia

Can’t miss this sign either, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab Namibiak

Even baboons enjoy a cold Jägermeister. There was an incredible relaxed homey atmosphere within Bennie and his very friendly and attentive young local staff. People sometimes ask me, what I like most about my travels. As it is generally hard to pinpoint, it’s moments like these. Arriving somewhere with little or no expectations and getting so much in return. A real home from home for a day or two. The All Blacks snatched a last-second victory over an impressive and determined Springbok team. Nothing a Jägermeister couldn’t fix. 

My neighbours were 6 ostriches. Having coffee and breakfast, they peaked their long necks and heads over the kitchen wall. This could have easily been a puppet show, appear and disappear. This is how I translated the ‘cchhhh’ into English.

Breakfast theatre at Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Breakfast theatre at Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

‘Edna, come out here. Check out the new arrival in camp 1!’

Where is Edna?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Where is Edna?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

 Edna???

Looking cute, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Looking cute, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Ohhh, he looks somewhat scrumptious.

Mhhhh, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Mhhhh, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

I like it.

Where’s Ruby?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Where’s Ruby?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Ruby!

Still no trace of Ruby, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Still no trace of Ruby, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Ruuubyyy?

Ostrich triple header, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Ostrich triple header, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

What is it?

What shall I do?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

What shall I do?, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Oh, I have never seen a zebra here before.

Let’s prepare the welcome dance, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Let’s prepare the welcome dance, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

I best prepare for my welcome dance.

Shake it, shake it!, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Shake it, shake it!, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Yeah baby? Shake it, shake it!

Oppi Koppi welcome dance, Kamanjab, Namibia

Oppi Koppi welcome dance, Kamanjab, Namibianj

Welcome to Oppi Koppi!

That’s how it’s done! Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

That’s how it’s done! Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

That’s how we do it!

African chicks rule!, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

African chicks rule!, Oppi Koppi, Kamanjab, Namibia

Yep, African chicks dig deep.

I ended up staying two nights. I noted my details and quick info, a photo of me and Zimba were taken before we went further out west. A comfy desert oasis, highly recommended.

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