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Africa » Namibia » Windhoek January 15th 2021

We received our appointment for the Covid test in Windhoek. Also in Namibia the test centers are very busy, because the cases are on the rise. But far less than in Europe. The freedom we enjoyed here will soon come to an end. Due to timing of the test we were forced to leave Sossusvlei one day earlier. What a shame. It is impossible to time properly this 380km, 5h ride, over gravel, at times quite bumpy roads. And without the test results we can not leave the country. Again stopping in Solitaire for a coffee and chat, we continued D1275 over the Spreetshoogte Pass. A challenging gravel mountain pass even for an experienced Alpine road driver, with steep turns and serpentines, narrow, with no side rails protecting the car from sliding into the steep valley. ... read more
Good bye salt and clay and iron sand
Spreetshoogte Pass

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei January 11th 2021

Taking Route C14 we commenced our drive towards the remotest point of our Namibia journey, actually of our entire journey in Africa. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, including other neighboring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia. The name Sossusvlei is of mixed origin and roughly means "dead-end marsh". Vlei is the Afrikaans word for "marsh" or "field", while "Sossus" is Khoisan spoken by the nama tribe here, and means "no return" or "dead end". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage ... read more
on Route C14
NASA picture of Namib Desert
Solitaire settlement

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay January 7th 2021

After two days we left the Spitzkoppe Lodge with its unique setting amidst boulders and sand, heading for the Atlantic Coast. Passing the desert of the Dorob National Park we thought for a minute to be in Arabia. The sand structure changed from red into the commonly known yellowish tint. The shape of the dunes reminded us of our Arabic Emirates excursion, we had in 2018. Dorob, means 'dry land', which indeed it is. Nothing this time, really nothing, grows here. No more acacia trees, no more welwitschia flower bushes. The park was established in 1975 and covers over 100'000 km2. It includes also the wetlands of the Atlantic coast, the habitat of numerous bird species, including flamingos and pelicans. This stretch of coast is also famous for seal colonies and dolphins. One of our objectives ... read more
the wonderful dune landscape

Africa » Namibia » Spitzkoppe January 5th 2021

The drive to Spitzkoppe was another outback spectacle. Passing more Himba villages with yelling children, waving stuff at us they want us to buy and bored looking half clad Himba ladies sitting on the dusty ground next to their wooden artwork and dyed textiles, we arrived to the gate of the Spitzkoppe Lodge property. Spitzkoppe, a German word meaning "pointed dome", is also nicknamed the "Matterhorn of Namibia". It is a group of bald granite peaks located app. 120km inland from the Atlantic coast at the northern end of the Namib desert. The granite is more than 120 million years old and the highest peak, called Grosse Spitzkoppe rises about 1'728 m above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The Kleine (little) Spitzkoppe lies nearby at 1'584 m. Surrounded by ... read more
lobby
our cabin
washing needed

Africa » Namibia » Damaraland December 31st 2020

Damaraland is our next stop. 300 pls km of dusty gravel road driving is giving us first impressions what to expect. It is fun driving on gravel, it feels like on snow at times and seeing the huge dust trail one leaves behind, gives a kind of Dakar rally feeling... Our car is a 4X4 Ford Ranger which was customized for off road driving. Special all terrain tires, heavy-duty off-road suspension, and front and rear tow hooks, so Nenad can be towed out of trouble. Especially the 4H and 4L selection is interesting. In 4H (four-wheel drive, high range) all four wheels are driving your vehicle. In 4L (four-wheel drive, low range), all four wheels are driving your vehicle and a low gear ratio is being used. Your vehicle's wheels will turn much more slowly than ... read more
our 4X4 Ford Ranger
passing bushman villages
Himba ladies

Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park December 27th 2020

Etosha is Namibia’s Krueger Park. The park is located app. 420km to the North of Windhoek. It is a wide tared road and driving is comfortable and speedy (as we will find out, only for a few national roads you can say that). As soon as one leaves the area of the capital city, traffic density becomes very low. The scenery is one of farmland changing into savannah. We travel on the Central Plateau from 1'700 to 1'100m altitude, the descent not noticeable at all. Passing through towns of Otjiwarongo and Outjo we reached after 5 1/2 hours the Gundawan Safari Lodge. The estate lies at the edge outside of the National Park. A spacious property build on a hill giving the chance to observe the wide terrain from the bungalows verandah. It is rainy season. ... read more
Namibia travel areas
typical savannah territory
Welcome traveler

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek December 5th 2020

We left around 9 the next morning to head back towards Windhoek. I was a bit relieved to go home and sad to leave this beautiful place. The scenery was nice, though noticeably less nice than the previous days... Day 9 Our first order of business was to take the Covid test. Again, I was nervous. Was like the 5th in line in our group at the local clinic - ready to get it over but afraid to go first. It was a long process. We had to sit on little chairs in a line, fill out lots of paperwork, pay our bill, and wait our turn. There were two guys performing the tests outside, so you could see the people in front of you. The girl in front of me... I know she had been ... read more
Freedom Memorial at the Old Fort
paella
oryxsalad

Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei December 2nd 2020

We woke up nice and early to head out to the last big adventure and the one I was most looking forward to: Sossusvlei! We had a good breakfast on the terrace overlooking the desert with the owners feeding the local squirrels and birds and other such lucky wildlife. Our guides got us in the car to leave by 6:30 and we were off. A 45-minute drive to Sossusvlei. Along the way, of course, we saw some animals, such as a family of springbok before we entered the park. Sossusvlei Once we entered, we saw a bunch of oryx and even kudu hanging out in the dunes. We continued our drive to the literal end of the road where there was a picnic area set up. Here was our last chance to use the toilets and ... read more
Deadvlei
Sossusvlei - Dune 45? (by Thomas)
Sossusvlei (by Thomas)

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay December 1st 2020

My typical car mates were back together at this point, with the.... quieter driver. We were heading from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay (another town recommended by friends). Most of us opted at lunch the day before to skip the kayaking with the seals after having spent enough time with them at Cape Cross. Instead, we decided to take a tour of the dunes in Sandwich Harbor, you know the iconic photo of Namibia with the giant golden dunes meeting the clear blue water of the Atlantic. It was even better than expected! Sandwich Harbor We arrived on time to the pier / boardwalk area, which was super nice! I believe it was 9 of us who joined the dune bashing and we got to ride with two guides, Eckhard and Rene, (I got to ride in ... read more
Sandwich Harbor - sparkling breakfast
Sandwich Harbor
Namib-Naukluft National Park

Africa » Namibia » Swakopmund November 30th 2020

After leaving Palmwag, we continued our journey. We saw a couple of mama and baby giraffes early on, but after that, the roadside wildlife was non-existent until much later in the day. The new car had more trouble as the battery then died too! very exciting for their driver, but we fixed it and moved on. We arrived at the Skeleton Coast National Park pretty much on time, used the facilities, and took some photos at the entrance. We saw a few other tourists hanging around too. Our first stop inside was a short hike up a small hill to see Namibia's national plant: Welwitschia mirabilis. Generally the plant can be 1,000 to 2,000 years old and only has two leaves. There are male and female plants. It is considered a "living fossil". We also saw ... read more
Cape Cross Seal Colony
Roadtrip to Skeleton Coast
Kudu




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