The first hour and a half were on good quality tarmac roads (again, beware the speed cameras), before we encountered our first gravel road. You need to treat these roads with great respect, the surface is loose and you can easily slide if you have to brake sharply or the corner turns out to be sharper than you thought – cut your speed according to what you can see and certainly do not exceed 70kph (45 mph). It also be more comfortable on the nether regions.
We were on these roads for a further three hours, saw very few other vehicles but gained an immediate understanding of the size of the country and its stark beauty.
On pulling into the Engen service station at Sesriem, we had to change a rear tyre due to a puncture – wish I’d listened more intently to how to get to the spare wheel – and buy a new spare, which the hire company has already refunded. Do not drive without a serviceable spare and perhaps consider hiring a second spare from your hire car company when you collect the vehicle. Or buy a can or two of tyre weld.