Namibia 14 September: Sesriem Camp
Visiting the Namib Desert
Namibia is one of the world's most spectacular countries with hundreds of kilometers of deserts and wilderness. On this run to Namibia we first visited Windhoek and Swakopmund but after that we briefly visited the Namib Naukluft national park south of Swakopmund. Along the way we did local runs. This report just shows a little of what we encountered.
Before entering the desert we ran along the waterfront in Walvis Bay only to discover these flamingos.
Here we make our way up Dune 7 to the east of Walvis Bay. I had never realised it before but sand dunes are incredibly beautiful with artistic lines and shapes and soft clean sand.
This is just before we had a race down the dune. It took about 20 minutes to climb but only 46 seconds to go down.
After the dunes we traveled across the desert. I had never before seen land that just has no vegetation. The road soon turned to dirt or perhaps more descriptively dust. This region of Namibia gets between 50 and 150 mm of rainfall a year.
This was the first tree that we had seen for about 100 km. Just the fact that it managed to survive here was a small miracle. It very kindly consented to give us some shade for our picnic lunch.
We headed up a dune that is locally referred to as "Big Daddy". Abhijatri is that little spot about a quarter of the way up.
This area of Namibia is one of the most visited by international travelers. This French couple held the Peace Torch on the summit.
An Oryx or Gemsbok also living in incredibly dry conditions. Just the fact that they survive is a miracle.