Just an Ordinary Day in Henties Bay, Namibia

 

Another ship wreck along the Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Another shipwreck along the Skeleton Coast, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Namibia’s ‘Skeleton Coast’ is renowned for it’s, well, skeletons. Treacherous waters from the cold Benguela current coming straight from the Antarctic, which not only influence marine life but are also the main factor for Namibia’s deserted west coast. Hundreds of shipwrecks line the coastline. Even with modern-day technology, these waters hold a certain risk.

A new breeding ground for birdlife, Walvis Bay, Namibia

A new breeding ground for birdlife, Walvis Bay, Namibia

At least the cormorants make the most of their new breeding grounds. The name Skeleton Coast doesn’t originate from the ship skeletons, but from sailors that either drowned at sea or died of thirst along the desert coast. 

Human intervention, Henties Bay, Namibia

Human intervention, Henties Bay, Namibia

Even marine life seems to struggle, although human intervention is a bigger threat to this coastline. This young humpback whale is believed to be tangled up in fishing nets and tragically drowned. The cold waters colliding with warmer waters sees an explosion of plankton, which then attracts all sizes of marine life’s food chain. It is a very popular destination for fishos in Southern Africa. 

Reunited with the sea, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Reunited with the sea, Walvis Bay, Namibia

I arrived just in time at Walvis Bay international airport to meet my good friend Pieter Adendorff. We went straight to the coastline to give Zimba a spin on the beach.

Pieter happy for a quick holiday, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Pieter happy for a quick holiday, Walvis Bay, Namibia

A few months back in Newcastle, he kindly agreed to return Zimba to South Africa once my adventure came to an end. Combining this with a week’s well deserved holiday to spend a few days with me and fish fanatic friend Nico, who resides on fishing holidays in Henties Bay.

Fanatic fisherman Nico, Henties Bay, Namibia

Fanatic fisherman Nico, Henties Bay, Namibia

I had met successful businessman Nico briefly in Newcastle, when he invited me for a day’s fishing. Maybe he didn’t think that I would make it that far?

Reunited with good friends, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Reunited with good friends, Walvis Bay, Namibia

It was great to meet and greet my old friend Pieter, who I had last seen 6 months ago on the eastern side of South Africa. This is the remainder of my South African adventure and this is how the circle rounds up. The perfect ending to a perfect start. What better way to finish than with good friends at the ocean and a fishing rod in my hand. 

First keeper, Henties Bay, Namibia

First keeper, Henties Bay, Namibia

It was a fantabulous day by the beach. Local fishing guides Franz and Johannes expertly baited the hooks and cast as far as they could.

African salmon, or Kabeljau, Henties Bay, Namibia

African salmon, or Kabeljau, Henties Bay, Namibia

We were chasing ‘Kabeljau’ or ‘African Salmon’. This species is well sought in Australia too under the name off ‘Mulloway’ or ‘Jewfish’.

The laughing general, Henties Bay, Namibia

The laughing general, Henties Bay, Namibia

Nico was the General of this fishing party, sitting on his esky and directing me and Pieter towards bending fishing rods. For a passionate fisherman to hold back and enjoying himself just as much as Pieter and myself handling the rods is a big statement. A truly humble gentleman. I was the luckier one catching most of the desired ‘Kabeljau’, whilst Pieter ended up catching a few sharks and ‘barbers’, catfish.

All hands on, Henties Bay, Namibia

All hands on, Henties Bay, Namibia

When all hands were busy, Nico engaged as well.

Afrikaanse fish dance, Henties Bay, Namibia

Afrikaanse fish dance, Henties Bay, Namibia

Although, this appeared a bit like a fish dance.

Dancing to the ocean beat, Henties Bay, Namibia

Dancing to the ocean beat, Henties Bay, Namibia

Up and down, over an under.

Seal, cormorants and sea gulls lunch break, Henties Bay, Namibia

Seal, cormorants and seagulls lunch break, Henties Bay, Namibia

Pieter used all dirty distraction tricks to lure me away from fishing, pointing out local wild and birdlife.

Seal on the move, Henties Bay, Namibia

Seal on the move, Henties Bay, Namibia

This sun gazing seal was definitely worth swapping fishing rod for the camera.

Seal off approval, Henties Bay, Namibia

Seal off approval, Henties Bay, Namibia

I got a bit too close and the seal decided to retreat to the Arctic cold waters.

Cormorants taking to the skies, Henties Bay, Namibia

Cormorants taking to the skies, Henties Bay, Namibia

A large amount of cormorants along this coast reflects the abundance of fish.

Arid view, Henties Bay, Namibia

Arid view, Henties Bay, Namibia

Zimba was happily parked on the beach.

Almost smiling, Henties Bay, Namibia

Almost smiling, Henties Bay, Namibia

Eventually, we all caught a few keepers, which put a smile on everyone’s face. Nearby fishermen didn’t seem to be as successful, even though being only  the distance of a cast away.

Aerial scavenger, Henties Bay, Namibia

Aerial scavenger, Henties Bay, Namibia

Leaving our fishing spot invited the seagulls to scavenge bait leftovers.

Steroid sea gull, Henties Bay, Namibia

Steroid seagull, Henties Bay, Namibia

These seagulls were impressive in body size. 

A good day fishing, Henties Bay, Namibia

A good day fishing, Henties Bay, Namibia

It was a very successful day on all ends.

Happy fishermen, Henties Bay, Namibia

Happy fishermen, Henties Bay, Namibia

Smiling faces all along whilst counting a few keepers.

Lucky me!, Henties Bay, Namibia

Lucky me!, Henties Bay, Namibia

I was lucky enough to catch the biggest ones. Lucky me.

An amusing round, Henties Bay, Namibia

An amusing round, Henties Bay, Namibia

A good day’s fishing and a few Jägermeister enhanced a truly happy atmosphere.

Afrikaanse duck caller, Henties Bay, Namibia

Afrikaanse duck caller, Henties Bay, Namibia

It was just one of those ‘you had to be there’  sessions, which are hard to explain.

Sun burnt happy faces, Henties Bay, Namibia

Sunburnt happy faces, Henties Bay, Namibia

Even though I didn’t understand much of the ‘Afrikaans’ jokes and stories, the vibe was simply contagious.

Pieter trying not to loose conscience, Henties Bay, Namibia

Pieter trying not to loose conscience, Henties Bay, Namibia

Everyone had a joke and story to tell, which left others in tears and stitches. The photos tell a better story then I ever could.

Captain Nico, Henties Bay, Namibia

Captain Nico, Henties Bay, Namibia

What better way to end an amazing day by the beach, as well to end my 6-month journey through Southern Africa with my trusty zebra wagon Zimba.

Hier lag ons, sons baie hard, keep having fun, dankie, Henties Bay, Namibia

Hier lag ons, sons baie hard, keep having fun, dankie, Henties Bay, Namibia

I will still come to terms reflecting on this magical mystery tour, but overall, it couldn’t have worked out any better then it did. 

Last photo with my trusty zebra wagon Zimba, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Last photo with my trusty zebra wagon Zimba, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Pieter dropped me off at Walvis Bay international airport. We were all in good spirits, even though I had to farewell my reliable bakkie friend Zimba, as well as supportive great friend Pieter. The two will make the long journey back to Kwa Zulu Natal, where Zimba will get some TLC and is kept for my return. When that will be, for how long and where I will go is part of my master plan. I just don’t know! I will cross that bridge when I find it. 

Pieter and Zimba before they ride off in to the desert, Henties Bay, Namibia

Pieter and Zimba before they ride off into the desert, Henties Bay, Namibia

Having witnessed some unforgettable animal encounters, seeing some spectacular natural displays and having met so many incredible humans of all races, leaves me with an unexpected problem for my next adventure. How to explore new territory and revisit existing amazing friends and places in a certain time frame. This will be my biggest challenge next time. 

4 thoughts on “Just an Ordinary Day in Henties Bay, Namibia

  1. Have a nice trip back and thanks for the photos and comments.
    Maybe we meet next year sgain in Africa. We still have not sold our car.
    Cornelia and Jean-François

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