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Published: April 27th 2012
It isn’t hard to understand that just 2 million people live in Namibia as you drive a few hundred kilometers without meeting anyone – no cars, no houses, no people and just endless deserts. Here we are in middle of nowhere and don’t have any transportation to the south. It is during these times that we understand how helpless we are in this landscape. But nothing is impossible if you have some patience and try to reach your goal so our recent mission was to get a lift to the Fish River Canyon. Well it wasn’t easy and we cannot thank enough the amazing couple from South Africa who offered us a ride to the canyon from the Sossusvlei dunes, and we hang out with them for few days and we were dropped off in Springbok, South Africa. If not for these people so maybe we still would stand on the dirty roads and waiting for a car to pass us. It has been an awesome way to finish our Namibia section of our trip and we felt more than welcome to our next destination. Easily Namibia has been one of the highlights of our Africa trip as we have experienced
so diverse landscape, amazing locals, vast city development and unpredictable weather.
It has been a fabulous but really long drive on the dirty roads to Fish River Canyon which is the second biggest canyon in the world. It was a pitty that we couldn’t do a few days hike in the canyon as it wasn’t possible this time of year. During this time of year it can be prone of flash flooding and the hike follows the bottom of the canyon making it extremely dangerous and unpredictable. But we made sure to make it to the view point and it was absolutely fantastic to see the sunset over canyon. Definitely it has been worth all the strength and waiting time.
It is nice that the Fish River Canyon is not that touristic which is very surprising so it seemed that we were totally by ourselves. Coming for Sossusvlei the drive is also very scenic passing through several changing landscapes with several animals dotted along the way. We were very lucky to even see Bat Eared Foxes which we had no idea that were very rare and to see in the daylight was even luckier.
At the end
of the day we ended up at Al-Ais which are a thermal area in a very nice canyon. It is very hard to explain the drive into the resort area as it was just at the right time with the sunset and with sheer cliffs on each side it was a fantastic drive in. Also in this place you will also for sure be visited by the resident baboons which Diana had a really ‘fun’ experience with them. As soon as Chris left the camp to go the shower Diana was ambushed from each side and it was a snatch and run with Diana running around trying to salvage anything she could. It was not only us that got hit but also the next camp next to us got hit also. These guys are extremely smart and it is also great fun to watch them investigate around camps and waiting for the right chance to run in a grab anything in sight.
But Al-Ais was a fantastic place to finish our trip in Namibia and this country is very very scenic and overall experience ranks very high of the African countries.
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