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Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei February 10th 2011

Today was an awesome day! After one of the best home cooked meals of all time last night, we slept with no AC and survived as it was nice and cool out due to some rain. Wake up was at 5:30am and we left at 6 to start our drive to the Namib Desert. On the way there, we saw all sorts of animals. This primarily takes place early in the morning as once the heat kicks in; most of the animals hang low in the shade somewhere. The Dunes were awesome! We started at Dune 45 which is the closest to the entrance to get a 101 on the Namib Desert. This is the most climbed sand dune in the area. We then got dropped off at a ranger’s station. Here is where Ann and ... read more
Namib Desert
Namib Desert
Namib Desert

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei December 22nd 2010

Hi everyone! Coming to the end of our time in Namibia now. We will be crossing the Orange River this afternoon and entering South Africa. Have absolutely loved it. I don't think I have been anywhere with more striking landscapes and huge open spaces. The wilderness just goes on forever - we travelled for a whole day through the Namib desert to a place called Solitaire and when we finally got there it was nothing more than a few outhouses. Apt name though…On the plus side there was a larger than life German baker there who made the best apple pie ever! Apparently Ewan MacGregor stopped here for some home baking whilst filming the "Long Way Down" series. We left Swakupmond a few days ago now. Had a really good time there - and yes, the ... read more
Quad biking
Fish River Canyon
Dune 45

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei October 25th 2010

Swakopmund to Solitaire,  This was a day of surprises. We set off early enough, towards our destination of Sesriem, but arrival was just not to be. As we drove away from Swakop and out of the fog, the flat barren land turned into hills of layered rock. First stop in the hills was to photograph a few quiver trees, which have a star shaped leaf. Kayla took advantage of the deep blue sky to indulge in quite a few photos. Next was a stop at a high pass, where we walked a little higher to a nice viewpoint. Richard was in rock-hound heaven. Then we reached the Tropic of Capricorn, and the day all went downhill from there. We got out for the obligatory photos with the sign, only to hear a loud pop as one ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei October 25th 2010

Solitaire to Sesriem, Namibia Delay because of the truck breakdown at Solitaire ment that we could not see the Namib desert dunes at dawn. We drove from Solitaire early and arrived at the dunes about 10:00 am. The sun was already beating down. We should have been there at dawn when it was cool.  We tried our best to climb up the spine of a dune in soft sand. A beautiful sight - red sand stretching away in all directions. Kayla was bitterly disappointed that the best sun conditions for photography were finished for the day before we arrived and there seemed to be no flexibility in our itinerary to try for a sunrise again. We returned from the walk early and sat in the hot shade waiting for the rest of the group. The 4 ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei October 15th 2010

9am arrived with our car - a small VW Golf - at the front of our hostel. I ask Freddy our hired car company guy “What year is it?” He says “Aahhh…2008!” I found it hard to believe as the bonnet didn’t open and power steering was non-existent. I drive off in a stutter, stalling 3 times on my way out of the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund. I would return two weeks later to what would be one of the great two weeks of my travels. Not only did this country provide consistent amazement via its scenery. It is now officially classed as thedribblemans most photogenic country ever. Namibia’s capital Windhoek is not much really so I headed straight to Swakopmund with my new travel buddy Emarn a New Zealand girl who’s accent was not ... read more
Me at Dune 45
The climb up to 'Sous'

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei October 4th 2010

China is off for few days of National Holidays, my office in HK is off for a long's week-end time, and what do you do on week-end, you go on small trips...this time, Sossusvlei! Sossusvlei lays 4 to 5 hours south-west of Windhoek in the middle of the Namib Desert. There are no paved road to here, and a lot of gravels on the "road"...and, your tyres and windscreens are not really insured, so I took a tour! 3 days, 2 nights organized by Chameleon Safaris. We were only 7 for a bus of 12 seats, so all the room to enjoy the ride. The ride was smooth across the sem-desertic Namib Desert...I could have taken thousand of pics with all these views. The landscape is pretty similar to Arizona, but the vegetation is really ... read more
view while climbing Dune 45
An impressive...and dry place!
Sesriem Canyon

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei August 21st 2010

Sossusvlei We had saved up to the end of the trip a visit to the iconic Sossusvlei sand dunes in the huge Namib-Naukluft Park. Our last week was initially marred by the comfy air mattress deflating increasingly rapidly during the night. We finally found the hole and were able to plug it with chewing gum and Elastoplasts, amazingly that worked perfectly for our final two nights under canvas. At the dunes we stayed in a campground in Sesriem Oasis, just inside the park. There’s a 60 km long drive with stunning orange sand dunes on either side leading down towards the main area for visitors. Here you can park your car and take a 4 by 4 shuttle a few km across deep sand into the Sossusvlei dunes. On our first day there we walked a ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei August 19th 2010

We have an immense stroke of luck on the way out of Luderitz. We get a text from one of the many couchsurfers C has been spamming since Cape Town. He is in Aus with a car and looking for people to go to Sossusvlei. We're 20 minutes from Aus and Sossusvlei is our next intended destination. We couldn't have planned it better! Our new French companion, N, is the only registered driver but is more than happy to play chauffeur and we set off north through the arid Namibian wilderness. 8 hours later and we finally pitch camp about 30km outside of Sesriem, the gateway to the dunes around Sossusvlei. Anticipating an early start we all turn in pronto and rise again while it's still dark. We are the second car to arrive at the ... read more
Night and day
Run like the wind
Looming dune

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei July 27th 2010

Day 4, another driving day so no sights to mention but plenty of excitement. Breakfast at the crack of dawn for a early leave. The ginger truck is still there and have complained about us, but we take no notice. We are wary of the baboons everywhere stealing any food they can find. Another side of the road stop for food, we have this down now. The unpackers get 2 tables out and chairs if necessary, this day it is necessary as literally in the dirt by the side of the road. Then the cooks wash the salad and chop and lay out ham or tuna and condiments. Washer uppers get water bowls for hand washing, the actual washing up is done later at camp with hot water. Today takes longer than usual, not because of ... read more
Bee chaos in the truck
Seems to be the boss bee
Pool time

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei July 26th 2010

I checked in to a backpackers in Windhoek, I had about 9 days to fill before I started an overland tour in Botswana. After 2 days I realized that there was not much to see or do. Windhoek is the capital, but it is a small city. I decided to hire a car for 4 days and drive south to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park, I ended up with a small Hyundai, it was fairly new and only had about 7,500 kilometres on the clock. After studying a map I decided to take the recommended scenic route, but about 2 kilometres outside Windhoek, the road turned to dirt ( I find it hard to even call it a road). It was a nightmare, I had driven on dirt roads, but nothing like this, there were ... read more

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