Thursday 18 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Wine Tasting, Billiards
Today we moved onto Cederberg Mountain which for most of the group would be the last night camping, for me I was booked in hotels or upgraded tenting for this leg so it is not a big deal for me but for others it was time to reflect on the last 2.5 weeks on the road about to come to an end. It took us about 7 hours to get to our destination made a little longer by an issue with the truck that meant we had lunch on the road instead of as planned at our destination.
Wednesday 17 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Getting into South Africa
Today we moved into South Africa the final country of this trip and tour. The landscape started having subtle changes, there were still desert areas but occasionally green patches started and definitely near dams wineries. The dry heat was starting to fade into just heat as the climate slowly changed, still you don’t want to get caught in direct sunlight without water. Just before the border we stopped off for some shopping an got to seeing thatch huts for the locals.
Tuesday 16 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Fish River Canyon
Today we faced a 600 km drive across Namibia. Despite this and the at times very bumpy drive the time appeared to fly as we got to watch the amazing harsh landscape in front of us and the occasional animal that somehow survives in this environment.
Monday 15 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Climbing Dune 45, Hiking to Deadvlei (the Dead Valley), Namib-Naukluft Park Canyon
An early morning pickup from my hotel just before 6 am so we could get into the National Park the moment they opened the gates which was critical to avoid the worst of the sun and heat in the desert across the day. Our driver got us though the traffic and to Dune 45 before most of the other vehicles that were in the line ahead of us.
Sunday 14 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Flamingos, Luna Rock formations, Tropic of Capricorn
Today was a long travel day but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get to see and experience more of this unique country. About 5 minutes out from Swakopmund the temperature rose quickly and never really dropped under 30 for the rest of the day and night. I know they say in the desert the temperature can drop quickly but it didn’t during my visit.
Saturday 13 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Dolphin Cruise, Fork n Nice (Fish & Chips vendor)
Today I had selected a dolphin cruise option for my stay in Swakopmund and three tour members joined me; Gaelle, Rita and Isabelle. As we were being picked up at 8 am our crew organised for lunch at 7.30 am. It turned out the tour operator was running late and had to sent a personal driver instead of the bus to pick us up. The 20 minute drive to the port / pier still meant we got their in time for the 9 am sailing time.
While this was called the Dolphin Cruise there is never a guarantee of dolphins and today we did miss out on them but instead we got wonderful seals including some who boarded our boat and we got to interact with. I even got to pat two of the very friendly ones 🙂
Friday 12 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Spitzkoppe landscape and rock paintings
Despite having a comfortable room I got little sleep last night due to the group bonding session next door and the 5.35 am alarm today. This meant the unusually for me I did doze off a few times when crossing the amazing Namibia landscape. I couldn’t however but be impressed whenever I did look out the truck windows and this started from our first landscape stop just for photos.