Sunsets and Dunes

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……

Driving into Sossusviel the setting sun casts lovely shadows on the hundreds of dunes lining the valley
At the end of the valley we park all alone and walk up the “big daddy” dune all alone in the landscape not another car or person in sight
Slightly smug, as Land Rover owners tend to be havjng rescued Toyotas, we head away from the sun sand swirling in our wake
Our now typical desert sunset after the dunes
Earlier the setting sun created an odd rainbow
The next day we head to Luderitz, cold and windy creating some spectacular seas (specially for my kayaking buddies)
The town itself is quite cute, but some very sketchy gangs of guys in the town centre trying to extract “parking protection money” from us remind us this is not Bavaria despite the houses and the tea shops
The wind blows sand constantly across the really good desert road, teams of workers are constantly clearing it, with bigger storms the road can be closed for days
It’s not all tough, Duncan enjoying the camp pool
While Kurdu surround the truck as we swim skipping off into the bush as we approach
Another classic sunset demonstrates the air cooling advantage of Duncan’s sleeping area
Fish River Canyon todays treat
To help with scale Nelson is parked on the nearest point, this is a seriously deep canyon at 550 meters, the deepest in Africa still a lot less than the Peruvian canyons we drove through together at 3000+ meters or US Grand Canyon at 1829m

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