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Büllsport - hiking in the Naukluft


I arrived at Büllsport after a long but beautiful drive from Klein-Aus Vista via D707, around 6 p.m., and could spend one full day with a hike in Naukluft, before driving on to Windhoek.


BüllsPort is one of the oldest farms in Namibia, located in a strategic place at the gate of the only big passage through the Naukluft Mountains. So the North is dominated by the mountains, whereas the region opens up to the South, to endless plains and the Tsauchab river. Today's owners Ernst and Johanna Sauber still farm some goats and cattle, but also game and ca. 30-40 horses. Due to the lack of rain last season, most of the animals are grazing elsewhere. Besides this, Büllsport has also a well-frequented fuel station, and there is a little shop.


The guesthouse is another venture of Büllsport. The farm offers 8 rooms with en-suite bathrooms; they are in the same building, most of them opening to a court with trees. My room featured a double bed, two arm chairs, desk and wardrobe; the room was clean, cosy and furnished with care. There is limited power available for lights, and the occasional charging of a camera. There is no cellphone reception, and the landline is a satellite line.

Büllsport offers a pool and library, but the main attractions are walks and horserides in the region. I did the Quivertree hiking trail, and a short horse-ride out to the plains. The first time on horse-back again after 10 years! Equipment like hard hat and chaps are available, and luckily, my horse Katuba was very kind with me. The ride was pleasant, and we even saw a kudu!


Another "attraction" are the discussions (and the farm drive) with the Johanna and Ernst Sauber, and his mother - learning much about farm life and Namibia. Most guests are German-speaking.




The Quivertree Gorge hiking trail

This trail is one of 6 marked trails on Büllsport farmland - see the others on the Büllsport webpage. Quivertree Gorge trail leads into the Naukluft mountains, bordering the Naukluft National Park.


The five of us left Büllsport after breakfast. We were first driven to the Naukluft Plateau. This 90 min drive is spectacular, as it leads up a very steep track to a viewpoint on 1900 m, offering a 360° view over the Naukluft and the adjacent plains - and some mountain zebras. The car dropped us off someplace above the quivertree gorge, from where the Naukluft Park headquarters can be seen. We followed the marked trail down the hill dotted with euphorbia (some of them reed-like, I had never seen them before), to the start of and into the gorge. Soon came the first quiver trees - huge trees (well, huge aloes), and many of them! They probably are in some places almost as dense as the Quiver tree forest near Keetmanshoop, but here there is much more other vegetation, so it looks less like a forest. I recognized big fig and moringa trees, but also a smaller shrub covered with white, cherry-like blossoms. Soon, we noticed the nice fresh perfume of bunches of wild mint plants; the ground got more moist there, and soon we discovered the first ponds - the biggest source on the farmland is here!

Unfortunately, or luckily, we were not the only ones here: From far distance, we saw a family of baboons splashing near a pond. They left before we arrived, but sat on the rocks to our left and barked and yelled at us - sorry for disturbing you, guys!


The path followed the gorge, with pond after pond. At some places, the vegetation got denser, or the gorge more narrow, so there was a little climbing required, but everything well within our capabilities. Finally, we chose one clear little pond for our break, and for a refreshing foot bath - in summer, this must be paradise! Not all of us tried, however, since there were enormous 8 cm tadpoles in the water - it looked as if the tadpoles were even bigger than the adult frogs!

Further down, many of the crevices contained colorful little flowers, but we also saw a big patch of ricinus - alien invader plants, they're everywhere... Towards the end of the walk comes a very steep part, where the creek would form a waterfall, after rains. Soon after, we reached the place marked with a big P, for "parking", and the guide with car waited for us - with a box of cool soft drinks!

I spent the afternoon lazily in my room. The next morning, I drove on to Windhoek, to meet JJ...

Last update:  20:05 13/07 2007
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