Namib Naukluft Lodge
Travel Blogs from Sossusvlei
... places on the planet. It is cold, but as yet still calm, as we stop to climb Dune 45. We are allowed to climb these dunes, located within the 4th largest National Park in Africa and newly designated as a World Heritage Site, because, as we discovered an hour later as Reg and I descended from the summit
(Sue almost made it), the daytime wind kicked up and erased ...
... by a lodge and privatized. We couldn't access the road any further, so had to turn around. Faced with the prospect of driving two hours back to the closest village and "major" intersection, we opted to try a shortcut that Google Maps and our GPS suggested was possible. Taking these roads would greatly reduce the amount of time we spent retracing our drive. It greatly increased the amount of time we spent lodged in mud, however.
Shortly after ...
... use a professional camera, a normal pocket camera or a cellphone. I consider the desert to be so fascinating!
In the end Gonzalo and Mike motivated themselves (probably after seeing all these old Germans reaching the top of the dune) and started climbing the Big Mama as well. I was already on my way down when I noticed they were moving. I didn't want to go up again but they convinced me so I climbed the same dune twice that day.
Once we were done with both ...
... rainfall per year here, but last year unusually they had 800mm of rain, which meant that this part of the desert was still covered in the dry grass which had grown. The rain is not good for the native desert creatures as water fills their holes and they drown. We saw several Oriks (beautiful antelope with long straight horns) and Zebra. We climbed one of the plateaus which were formed by soft sandstone to watch the sunset.
The next morning we ...
... from its composition that the 3 to 5 million year old sand came from very far away, a long time ago, and was washed out into the ocean before moving ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking