Imagine living your life on the road, exploring the world one country at a time... That’s exactly what our NG KiDS’ junior bloggers, Pepeijn and Romeq, are doing right now. Globetrotting in their family’s motorhome, each day holds a new adventure, and every month they’ll be telling us about all the amazing things they’ve been up to!
In Pepeijn and Romeq's latest blog, they take us on a deep, dark trip into the Kalahari Desert!
Stargazing and sleeping under the African stars has long been on our bucket list so when my mum told us that we were driving up to Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, we jumped for joy! This lodge owns a cool, computerized telescope with tracking software, so it can hone in on galactic objects in the night sky.
"Hey, give me a turn!"
Did you know that the Kalahari Desert is not a true desert like the Sahara but in fact a fossil desert where it often rains like cat and dogs? This makes it home to a great variety of greenery and wildlife from scorpions, snakes, zebra, giraffe, oryx and meerkats to predators like the cheetah. We spotted loads of awesome animal tracks which made our upcoming survival trip even more exciting!
Pepeijn & Romeq came across these cheeky characters in the desert!
Ivan, a very friendly Bushman who seems to know everything about space, showed us the Milky Way stretching overhead, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, and the Southern Cross. We also spotted the Jewel Box – to the naked eye this looks like a single star but it’s actually an orange supergiant (one of the largest types of stars) surrounded by smaller, blue stars. It was an incredible experience!
The red dunes of the Kalahari Desert glow intense red at sunset.
Until next time!
Pepeijn & Romeq
In Pepeijn and Romeq's first blog, we learn about the boys’ awesome African adventures!
Hey NG KiDS, welcome to our Junior Travellers Blog! My brother Pepeijn, (14) and me, Romeq, (12) have been travelling the world in an off-road truck for over 500 days now! Of course, we’re not on our own, but with our parents, Nelke and Frans.
Pepeijn and Romeq's home is wheelie cool!
We have everything we need on board our truck which is a little bit like your house - only on big wheels! Sure we have less space, but we have the whole world to play in. Currently we are in Namibia, Southwest Africa. I suppose you may call us modern nomads… We love this lifestyle!
My school books, tests and exams are the same as yours, only my mum is my teacher, and my dad sends my work to teachers back home via the internet. So far, we’ve had good results - phew!
Our favourite part of our schooling are the hands-on field trips we get to do. We have spent time with the Himba and the Damara tribes, seen lions up close in Etosha National Park, been on an African drum course in the slums and touched a cheetah!
Pepeijn and Romeq's school trips are pretty hands-on!
Constantly being on the move means we’re always prepared for the unexpected - we carry a camera, binoculars, a survival knife and pepper spray at all times.
We are now in the capital of Namibia. Do you know the name of it?
Farewell until our next adventure!
Pepeijn and Romeq