Blogs from Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa - page 8


Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 28th 2008

We left at 6:00am this morning but spent the first few hours trying to find a hospital which had X-Ray facilities for Ali, one of the girls on the trip. Turns out that when she took a dive off of her quad bike yesterday she actually broke her thumb! She is now all strapped up so it can start to heal. Looks like someone has finally taken over my spot as the person who gets everything wrong with them! More good news on the foot front. The nurses said last night that I could leave my foot uncovered for the night as we were in a clean environment. It was nice not to have the dressing on for a while although it has shown me the now large stupid white patch on my foot where the ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 23rd 2008

We had set our alarms to go off at 4.30 am and we had packed up the whole camp except for our tents of course. We planned to be at the park entrance at 5.00 am so as to be at Sossusvlei to see the first rays of the rising sun hit the dunes. We were all awake at 3.00 am and up before any alarm went off! Disaster - Ian’s car had a flat tyre! So we set about changing the wheel with all rapidity in the dark. A filthy dusty job and the last thing we needed today. But it was done speedily and we set off as fast as we decently could to find that the 40 miles to Sossusvlei was a tarred road! We made good time and were in position to ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 23rd 2008

More than any other trip, I worried about travelling to Namibia the most. It was the first trip I’d planned purely on my own, and I was going with no other American study abroad students. I tried comforting myself by saying that this is how true backpackers travel, but my worries still lingered. But in the end I had nothing to worry about. I started early Sunday morning by taking a 24 hour coach bus ride from Cape Town to Windhoek (pronounced “Vind-hook”), with a coach company called Intercape, and it turned out to be the Bellagio of coach buses; a double decker with nearly 180 degree reclining seats, air conditioned, a host serving drinks and a leg rest. You know you've been in Africa too long when you pass a herd of zebra on the ... read more
Me atop Dune 45

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei September 28th 2008

23 Sep - early breakfast of tea and cereal then strike camp for first time. All packed and boarded bus ready to go by 7.20am! Long drive through South Africa to reach border with Namibia. Lunchtime stop at town called Springbok. Stop for supplies at Spar (!!). I get 1.5l of local red and white wine for 70 rand in total ie GBP4.50, everyone seems pleased with my choice, esp Errol. We cross our first African border. As a seasoned traveller, I'm quite au fait with these now! Two stage process - all clamber out of Priscilla, fill out departure form at RSA immigration border. Drive through no-man's land, all clamber out of Priscilla again, fill out arrival form at immigration border in Namibia, back on the truck. V uneventful and takes less than an hour. ... read more
In a canyon...with a beer
All kinds of wildlife in the dunes
Tropic of Capricorn

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei July 11th 2008

During April 2002 a group of us travelled by motorbike, car and with 2 Gyros from South Africa via Windhoek and Swakopmund to Sossusvlei Namibia. See also my posts on "Desert Run" I had the opportunity to fly with Eugene in his Gyro from Sesriem over Sossusvlei. "Vlei" is an Afrikaans word that means Marsh, but Sossusvlei is not a marsh, but rather a series of dead-end lakes for the infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River. The water dries up quickly under the Namib sun leaving the parched clay bed. As the dunes shift, they may cut off some of the old lakes such as Dooie Vlei (Dead Vlei) where the remains of ancient trees can still be seen. There are a number of accommodation options in the area with Sesriem Camp operated by Namibia Wildlife ... read more
Early Morning Dunes
Ancient Vlei's
Aerial view of Sesriem Camp

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei June 8th 2008

This was something that we've been looking forward to ever since we booked this trip over a year and a half ago. Thankfully, it lived up to our greatest expectations. We arrived at the famous 'Dune 45' (which everyone climbs) and started up it for sunrise. Climbing a sand dune is a lot harder than it looks. It's deceptive how large the dune actually is and in the initial excitement we basically ran until we got a few steps in and realized our legs couldn't hold us up anymore. We decided to stop just below the peak and enjoy the sunrise rather than exhaust ourselves pushing for the top and potentially missing the moment. Then we had a blast as we slid down the side of the massive dune (much more fun than going back the ... read more
Kathie sliding down
Ground shot

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei May 31st 2008

Pretty big sand dunes! We had a great time at Vingerklip but then had a pretty long drive down to Swakopmund on gravel and then salt roads. We had to do this in two legs as it probably wasn't safe to take the polo in the dark on the roads that rollercoastered up and down into dry streams to save the cost of building bridges. We had an overnight stop in a place called Uis. There really is nothing there apart from cave paintings of a white lady, so the few B&bs and restaurants were all called white lady this or that. Swakopmund is also slightly bizzare. It is the biggest town for quite some distance but you need to drive on a salt road down the coast to get there and it just emerges out ... read more
Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn
Dead Vlei
Dead Vlei

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 19th 2007

October 2004 Welcome to Namibia - our first African experience. This was getting away from it in the truest sense of the description. We’ve been to emptiness before - outback Australia and the deserts of the Western USA - but Namibia is the king of the destinations if you want to be away from everybody else. Windhoek International Airport is only international in the sense of you can fly overseas. There didn’t appear to be too many formalities awaiting us as we landed from Frankfurt early one morning in the Namibian spring. We were taken into the centre of Windhoek to collect a few provisions - more of the city another time - and headed out to a campsite at the Dan Viljoen National Park in the hills above the city. A few of the group ... read more
Skeleton Coast

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei November 16th 2007

After being briefed on the next three day's itinerary, we hopped back into the truck again. We arrived in the Namib desert right before sunset so we had just enough time to climb a few small dunes, play in the sand, and photograph the excellent scenery. It was so fun to slide down the dunes although it resulted in our shoes being impressively filled with sand. After play time, we headed to our campsite to set up our tents and make dinner. It was not long until we were all in bed. We would be waking up at 4 a.m. to go climb dune 45 and watch the sunrise. It was awesome driving through the dunes in the wee light of the morning. Hiking the dune was hard work even for a fit 22 year old, ... read more
Sunrise from the dune
Sunrise from the dune
Sunrise from the dune

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei June 18th 2007

I don’t remember the first time I learned of the Namib Desert. My first images of its mountainous red dunes probably came out of the pages of National Geographic Magazine or one of my early school textbooks. Regardless of where I first learned of them, I have been drawn to the dunes of the Namib Desert since I was very young. I almost traveled to Namibia back in 2003, but I abandoned the journey when I discovered that it would have cost me the same amount of money to do a two week trip to the area as it would have cost me to visit Southern Africa for several months - The idea of going on a long trip had been floating around in my head since I had returned from Nepal a year before and ... read more
Desert Scenery
Shade in the Desert
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