Sunsets and Dunes….
Namibia continues to surprise and challenge us as we explore the south of the country, our first stop is the sand sea of Sossusviel where we drive 60km into a deep valley surrounded on all sides by majestic dunes casting shadows in the slowely setting sun. We have a strict curfew and the last 5km are through deep soft sand which visitors usually cross on a guide vehicle with special tyres. Of course the fact that these had stopped did not deter us from tackling the track successfully, as a result we had the dunes to ourselves Nelson the only vehicle.
Having scaled one of the dunes and returned a bit exhausted we were on a tight timetable to get out of the park. As we crossed the sand field we came again upon a stuck Toyota Landcrusier (tyre pressure too high and wrong line). We had seen on the way in that they were being assisted by a guide and his truck, so had not stopped in the treacherous soft sand, but now an hour later they were still digging so we risked a stop and helped them out of a literal hole successfully.
Speaking of holes we saw an enormous one today in the shape of Fish River Canyon our last “sight” of our fantastic tour of Namibia and it is a beauty (mind you only a fraction of the canyons in Peru that Duncan and I drove into and out of in our last adventure)
Sunsets, hot days, amazing starry nights and good food mean that the deserts of Namibia must be at the all time top destination of all my travels so far……