Blogs from Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa - page 6


Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei May 10th 2010

Seit nunmehr 6 Monaten sind wir bereits in Südafrika. Die Zeit fliegt uns nur so um die Ohren! Dieser Bericht wird dieses Mal etwas speziell. Denn wir sind ja am arbeiten hier und nicht am Ferien machen. Deshalb können auch wir Ferien machen. Seit wir hier sind haben wir bereits viel über Namibia gelesen und gehört. Ich (André) verkaufe natürlich auch Namibia und kannte es deshalb bereits ein bisschen besser. Es muss ein faszinierendes Land sein - ein Land für die Seele. Und deshalb haben wir uns entschieden für 2 Wochen ins nördliche Nachbarslands Südafrikas zu reisen. Orange River So sind wir also früh morgens an einem Samstag abgefahren Richtung Grenze. Immerhin knapp 800 km ab Paarl. Eine schöne Strecke am Westrand Südafrikas entlang in den Norden. Wir fuhren durch ein langes Tal namens Citrusdal - ... read more
Paddeln auf dem Orange River
Geisterstadt Kolmaskop
Sossousvlei Duenen

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei May 4th 2010

Today was the day I've been waiting for. Four weeks of travelling around southern Africa and finally I'm at the place I've dreamt of most of all. We were woken at 04h00 this morning and gathered around the light for an early morning coffee and rusk. At 05h15, we were already in the bus and heading for the gate to Sossusvlei. So efficient were we that we were first in the queue. It was a 45km drive down to Dune 45. This was purely coincidental as the dunes are numbered sequentially from 1 to 69, anticlockwise. Because of the weather patterns, the dunes themselves do not move, hence, a numbering system is possible. After waiting for roughly 15 minutes, the gates opened and we were permitted through. In the pre-dawn light, we headed west and about ... read more
Dune 45: They'd missed the sunrise!
Dune 45: Other's were also waiting
Dune 45: Part 2 of 3 - it was a difficult climb!

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei May 3rd 2010

During our meal last night, three Black-Backed Jackals came into camp obviously interested in our food. Later in the night, whilst we were all tucked up in our tents, they came back, this time as a choir and serenaded us! At 05h30, it was time to get up. The sun wasn't yet in the sky but it was beginning to get light as we went to wash. Once dressed, I loaded all my bags on the bus and lowered the tent before getting breakfast. Once sated, I packed the tent into its little bag and loaded it on the bus. By 06h40, twenty minutes early, we were leaving the camp site! Early morning in the desert is still cool and we passed Springbok, Kudu and Ostrich in the early morning sun. Unfortunately, last night's rain had ... read more
Bethanie: One of the Many Churches
On the Main Road!
The town consists of a petrol station, shop and hotel - all have been in the same family since 1906!

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei April 26th 2010

We woke up early, said our goodbyes, and went to pick up the worlds smallest rental car. After that, we made a quick stop at Waterfront to pick up an iPod transmitter which has ended up being an excellent investment. After that we headed up North. I was a little rusty driving at first as I haven't had to drive on the other side of the road for 9 years, but it came back quickly. Going though South Africa was fairly uneventful until we hit the border. We had to get out of the car, go to 3 different huts on the South Africa side, and then to one office on the Namibia side after crossing the river. We had to pay 200 Namibian Dollars to enter the country, which of course we didn't have. They ... read more
campsite as sesrium
dead vlei
dead vlei

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei February 4th 2010

Sand Dunes Thursday 4th Feb Today is a really early start. We have packed up the camp and are on the road by 5:15 a.m. The first reason is that we are heading into the sand dunes and we need to get to the National Park as soon as the gate opens. We then drive to Dune 45 {That’s the only name it’s got so far} and climb it in time to see the sunrise over the sand dunes - I actually only get about half way up before picking my spot to watch the sunrise. Bush Man The next reason for starting out so early is that, after a break for breakfast, we are taken for a short walk through the desert at Sossusvlei. We walk from about 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. but, even ... read more
Here Comes The Sun
The Latest Fashion In Earrings

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei January 31st 2010

It was an incredible weekend here in Namibia. There is never a dull moment and I am so blessed to be having all of these experiences. This weekend we travelled down to the southern part of the country. We stayed at the Zebra River Lodge which is located in a beautiful canyon in the Naukluft Mountains in the desert. It was very warm (about 105 F) and for most of the weekend it was a blue sky! The journey was a little rough - we had about a 4 ½ hour drive and 3 ½ of it was on a rough dirt road. On Friday afternoon we got into two, four-wheel drive vehicles and drove up the mountain on what barely resembled a road. We were bouncing around in the back seat as we drove over ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei December 25th 2009

A LOT has happened in the last three days, so one day flows into the next and into the next. We are already the 26th here in Swakopmund, so a belated Merry Christmas to everyone, we miss you, but we have to admit that being the in the hot sweltering desert climbing massive red sand dunes and driving across moonscaped gravel roads makes you forget a little bit that it is Christmas! A quick recap on the relevant for Sossusvlei this AM. My favorite part of the trip so far. FINALLY After 1400 kilometers and 20 hours by bus, followed by 350 kilometers and 6 hours by car on gravel roads through the desert, we arrived at Sesriem yesterday, at the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We signed up with the hotel for a 6AM ... read more
At Dune 45
Clay Pan at Sossuvlei
The Dead Vlei

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 7th 2009

The Namib desert is the world's oldest and contains some of the planet's tallest sand dunes but I have high hopes that these dry facts won't be the most interesting things about it. I haven't seen a decent desert since Dunhuang 1.5 years ago and, having bypassed the Sahara, I have some serious sand yearnings. By paying for a mid-range tour, I strike exactly the balance I was hoping for, with just two other guests (a pair of friendly Swedes - E, rocking a Bjorn Ulvaeus beard circa "The Singles", and V, who shows no compunction in criticising my English) and some of the best accommodation I've stayed in in Africa. It's hardly in keeping with any definition of independent travel but frankly I don't care - if the last month of four years of nearly ... read more
Into the blue
Camelthorn tree
Light and shade

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei September 30th 2009

(First up some advice to anyone else searching out stuff about camping in Namibia. Don’t stay in the Namibian Wildlife Resort camps except in Etosha - they cost 2-3 x as much as private camps that are immediately outside the reserve areas and in most cases they have much better facilities. We had pre-booked months ago at Sesreim and Hobas thinking one needed to and not realising that the private camps nearby are just fine - better. Apparently a couple of years ago NWR revamped their camps and readjusted their charges upwards enormously as they bear no resemblance to the Lonely Planet figures!! So.....a word ...) The journey from Swakopmund on the coast to the red dune area further south was through rocks/ mountains that had received the whole treatment, melted, twisted and turned, tilted ... read more
7am thunderstorm in the red dunes
obviously - red dunes

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei September 14th 2009

NamibRand We arrive at NamibRand Nature Reserve and there's no rest for the wicked - Tim and Sofia, one of the other volunteers, are straight out (while Sue takes a well-deserved rest!) go for a drive and climb a small hill to get a good vantage point to try and pick up some VHF signals from the collars that the cats are fitted with before they're released. No joy, unfortunately, they're elusive creatures. My, it's windy! The next morning the changing season makes itself known. Although this is semi-desert, it's still spring and a cold front has moved in bringing moisture from the sea. It's very cold but we're blessed with a spectacular sunrise with mist rolling on through the valley as we saddle up and make off to find those errant cats. Later on that ... read more
Here comes the science bit - concentrate!
CSI Namibrand
Looks like we've a second killer

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