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A trip to Namibia.
1st Stop at Kuruman for something to eat and a visit to "Die Oog"
Kuruman is not called "The Oasis of the Kalahari" for nothing. The beautiful eye of Kuruman is the permanent water source of the town. This fountain, called "Die Oog", delivers 20 million litres of water per day.
sleepover in Upington caravan park.
The long drive to the Namibia border at Nakop
Some interesting birds nest however.
Then past Ariamsvlei to Karasburg and the "Fish River Canyon". This is reputedly the second largest canyon in the world after the USA’s Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Then on to Keetmanshoop where you visit the quiver tree ("kokerboom") forest
And the Giant’s Playground where boulders perch ridiculously on top of each other in the oddest of formations
You the take a long road past Aus on you way to Lüderitz with its most beautiful landscape and architecture.
Through a sandstorm
On the way back inland you can visit Kolmanskop which is a old diamond mining "ghost" town.
You then drive North up to Helmiringhousen. Very long desert roads!!!
Past some more great birds nests
And some local transport
Then you arrive. This is what you get. (At least some petrol)
Then you move on towards you destination "Sesriem" past the Duwisib castle in the middle of the desert.
Eventually you arive at the camping site that have only a few camping sites. As much as the available trees. Must be in the order of 20 to 22.
Early morning :-)
The to Sossusvlei into the desert.
The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia.
Dunes must have winds.
The next day a trip to see the desert from the viewpoint of a hot air balloon.
Getting of the ground.
The camp from above
The desert and the dunes.
After Sesriem the trip went on past Walvisbay and Swakopmund to Henties Bay.
An interesting golf course.
The road back inland.
Then via Khorixas and on to the Petrified forest. A large number of petrified trees lie on a bed of sandstone. Some are partially buried, while others lie completely exposed because the sandstone surrounding them has eroded away. It is thought that they were carried here as logs by a river, some 250 million years ago, and became stranded on a sandbank.
Where you also visit the
Welwitschia plants. The Leaves typically grow at a rate of 8-15 cm/yr on
mature plants, some of which have been found with leaves measuring 1.8 m
wide and 6.2 m long, suggesting potential ages of 500-1000 years.
And on to the Burnt Mountains with beautiful rock formations.
And rock paintings suggesting that the now desert area once housed many types of animals.
You then visit the organ pipes rock formation before returning to Khorixas.
Then you go on to Ongava game camp to do some Rhino tracking.
The (Luxury) camp
A view from the lodge.
Where even lions come and have a drink at night.
The tracking party, me and my camera.
And what we looked for. (To near for comfort)
Ongava is next to the Etosha game reserve. If you go there you will see various animals ect. as well as the Etosha pan which have water very seldom. It is still however beautiful to see.
Upside down trees.
This is but a sample of the pictures I have and what Namibia can offer. WORTH WHILE TO VISIT.