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Day 7 was preceded by a night of very little sleep due to the unbelievable heat. We lay naked on our beds and sweated whilst waiting for the air to cool. Eventually at around 3.30 in the morning a light breeze came through and we fell asleep only to oversleep. At 7.30 we broke camp and headed out into the Namib Desert. At Sossus Vlei we climbed out and set off to explore the dunes. Being a little late the heat got us properly but we were still able to climb to the top of one of the massive red dunes that surrounded us. This was the real desert. Following this bit of exercise we once more set off on our way to Swakopmund. On the way we stopped in at a spot called Solitare. They claim to have the best Apple Pie in Namibia. So we tested it. Not bad at all. After a long day on gravel roads we eventually arrived at Walvis Baai and took a drive along the lagoon to view the birdlife and the salt mines. We saw a lot of flamingos and of course the salt mining activities. Finally we drove through to Swakopmund and booked into some very fancy camping facility for a well deserved rest and a G+T or two.

Walking the dunes at Sossus Vlei

Walking the dunes at Sossus Vlei


Walking the dunes

Walking the dunes


Sossus Vlei dunes

Sossus Vlei dunes


Dunes at Sossus Vlei

Dunes at Sossus Vlei


Sossus Vlei

Sossus Vlei


Plover Walvis Baai

Plover Walvis Baai


Ground Squirrel Solitaire

Ground Squirrel Solitaire


Apple Pie Solitaire

Apple Pie Solitaire


Ground Squirrel Solitaire

Ground Squirrel Solitaire


Solitaire

Solitaire

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Sesrium in the heat of hell!!!

Day 6 started out with an amazing early morning view over Luderitz harbour. The seagulls, which incidentally screeched all night, were up and about following the trawlers in and out of the bay. After breaking camp we took a short drive through the town to experience the old German culture which has been well preserved. From there we headed out on a long trip to Sesriem and Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Most of the trip was done on dirt roads. The dirt roads here are in better condition than a lot of out tar roads in SA. One can easily travel at 120+km/hr on these roads. On the way we stopped in at the Duwisib Castle which is a castle built in 1908 by some mad German who wanted to live the life of luxury in Namibia. He even filled it with German furniture that he must have exported from the homeland, silly man. The surrounding landscape is teeming with game such as Mountain Zebra, Gemsbok, Springbok and Wild Horses and the scenery keeps you enthralled. One of the more amusing sights was seeing the birds seeking shade from the hot sun by sitting in the shade of the telephone poles, all in a line. After a long day on these dirt roads we finally arrived at our destination, booked in and walked out to discover that we had picked up a puncture. Fortunately there was a garage nearby which sorted out the problem. The outside temperature at 4.00 in the afternoon was 42 degrees. From here we went down to check out the Sesriem Canyon, small but impressive. Finally back to camp and a good supper of sosaties and salad.

Eish at Sesrium

Eish at Sesrium


The Dewsib Castle

The Dewsib Castle


Some Quail things at Sesriem

Some Quail things at Sesriem


Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon


Face in Sesriem Canyon

Face in Sesriem Canyon


Another face in Sesriem Canyon

Another face in Sesriem Canyon


G T well earned in Sesriem

G+T well earned in Sesriem


Early morning view over Luderitz Harbour

Early morning view over Luderitz Harbour


German architecture at Luderitz

German architecture at Luderitz


Bronzie water at Diaz Point Luderitz

Bronzie water at Diaz Point Luderitz


Ostriches on the road to Sesriem

Ostriches on the road to Sesriem


The long road to Sesriem

The long road to Sesriem

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The Fish River Canyon and Luderitz

Day 5 started late. Guess we are finally getting used to our camp beds. After breaking camp we set off for the Fish River Canyon. On the way we saw Klipspringer up close. Pretty animals. The Fish River Canyon was amazing and is apparently second only in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. There is a four day hike that one can do from top to bottom. Maybe another time. From here we moved on to Aus and then on to Luderitz. Between Aus and Luderitz is, well, nothing. Luderitz is a very German town with a lot of old German culture. We went to the camp site at Shark Island only to discover that apart from plenty wind the ground was essentially rock and as such would not take our tent pegs. With tent blowing all over we eventually managed to tie it down and get our kit inside. Whew!!!!! Seeing as it was Steph's birthday we decided to go out for supper. Kingklip and salad at the waterfront was the order of the day followed by the Sharks game at the local Sports Bar shared with the local coloured guys.

Stef's birthday celebration in Luderitz

Stef's birthday celebration in Luderitz


Tortoise Rock on the way to Fish River Canyon

Tortoise Rock on the way to Fish River Canyon


Strange structure

Strange structure


Inside strange structure

Inside strange structure


Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon


Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon


Klipspringer at Ai Ais

Klipspringer at Ai Ais

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The road to Ai Ais

Day 4 started with a nice shower followed by a trip to Kakamas to shop for beer, very important, and food also fairly important. After this we set off for the Namibian Border and the resort of Ai Ais. A stunning drive to the border on good roads and a pleasant experience crossing into Namibia. The border staff was polite and reasonably efficient. We then headed on to Karasburg and then onto a gravel highway to Ai Ais. The scenery is true desert mountains full of baboons. The staffs at Ai Ais were also pleasant and efficient. (I'm beginning to like the Namibian people.) After a cold beer or two we plunged into the pool that was looking really cool and inviting, only to discover that it was a hot spring pool with water around 40 degrees. Oh well it was cold when we got out.

Our camp at Ai Ais

Our camp at Ai Ais


Seeking shade

Seeking shade


Pienk Padstal Kakamas

Pienk Padstal Kakamas


Sociable Weaver nests on the only structure

Sociable Weaver nests on the only structure


The ever present baboons

The ever present baboons

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Game drive at Augrabies National Park

Day 3 after a good night's sleep, a nice hot shower and a cup of coffee, we took a short walk to check the Augrabies Falls. Spectacular is all I can say. The Orange River thunders into a deep gorge, throwing up spray and rainbows. The area is full of Dassies and amazing Technicolor Rainbow Lizards. After this we went on a drive through the park which is a true desert landscape. No shortage of stones. We were lucky enough to see a good variety of game which included Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebees (I think), Ostriches, Giraffe (Big surprise that) and Klipspringer.

Red Haartebees

Red Haartebees


Gemsbok

Gemsbok


Mountain Zebras

Mountain Zebras


Quiver Tree

Quiver Tree


Giraffe looking for shade

Giraffe looking for shade


Panorama from Moon Rock

Panorama from Moon Rock


Desert Giraffe

Desert Giraffe


Kudu

Kudu

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