Where Dunes meet the Ocean

Trip Start Jan 26, 2012
Trip End Jul 09, 2015

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Villa Wiese Backpackers Lodge Swakopmund
Read my review - 1/5 stars

Flag of Namibia  , Erongo,
Friday, October 25, 2013

Was the first for Break-feast at the Safari, checked out and walked over to Peter Hartmann Aviation Center, pre-Flighted the SX answered all Questions from the Mechanics and promised
to make an low level pass after Departure if the Tower would approve.
The Tower did not have any problem, as she answered my Question with ,whatever you like, so I made sure the got to see the Red Flash going by at at least 250 right on the Deck pulled up and left everybody happy.
heading West to Swakobmund an small city right by the Dunes about 20 miles north of Walvis Bay.
Flippie warned my about this costal Dirt strip with unpredictable weather , see-fog rolling at an moments notice , so I called ahead and was told the weather was fine.
Coming down from the high desert I found the Swakomund completely Overcast with low level Fog , and like most Airports here in Namibia are VFR only , no light , runway marked just like an en Field with compacted sand in the Runway direction.
I diverted to an Nearby Restricted Hard Surface Airport on higher Elevation where it was Sunny and clear, with some kind of Military Installation and already feared upon Landing that somebody would hassle for Landing without permission.... But when I pulled to to an shade port which was empty , nobody seemed to Notice my arrival.
After a while I guy walked up and apologized for being late because he was working on the other site of the Runway when I Landed.
We started chatting and I needed to sign a Form for the reason of my Diversion and everything was fine.Namibia is great for GA and pretty much free of to much Regulations , You just give Notification where you are going so nobody gets lost in Space or some remote Area without somebody knowing you are out there.
The Friendly Chap name is Franklin Ellitson , has his Head straight on his shoulder , works everyday 9 hours at the Airport Cycles for and back to his 10 k away home....Great Guy
while we where having Tea and chatting a 210 Pulled up after also diverting for the same reason
I did. The Lady Pilot made a couple Phone calls and toll me she would give it a try with an special Local procedure . like following the Railway tracks at 300 feet AGL until there was an 90 degrees bend to the North , pull the power and land in the dirt ahead which would be RWY 24.
She told me I could just follow behind her ... but I said thank you but NO thank you.
I learned from Franklin that 5 miles from Arandis where I landed os Spitzkopa. one of the largest Uranium open Mining facility worldwide with up to 2000 employees bring prospery to the whole Area.
I waited for an hour or so and finally the ceiling lifted to 500 ft AGL , which I was comfortable with and proceeded to FYSM , Swakobmund where upon Landing I was offered Hangar to protect my SX from the Wind and Sand blowing on this coastal facility.
I was quite fresh here about 15 degree C cooler than in the high desert , Windhoeck is at 5500 ft Altitude and does not get much of any Rain throughout the Year.
Unpacked my Bicycle and I felt good to be on it after more than 2weeks no Cycling because being to risky in SA.
The Waether cleared up but remained fresh with the strong winds out the south bringing cold Air up from the Antarctic.
Here in Namibia I feel that not much Crime or other weird stuff going on an all the People I talked to, confirmed that is absolutely no problem , cycling or walking at night alone.
The only Road from Swakobmund to Walvis Bay is pretty busy , and on the way back I stopped halfway on a Bar after being almost blown of my Bike from the strong Wind and passing 18 wheelers.
I traded my Bicycle for an 4wheel Quad to drive true the big Dunes and this was really Fun.
Ones you are in the Dunes you can really get lost easy here , the only Orientation is the Sun
or going up to highest Point to see where the Shoreline is.
This place is very unique in that the Dunes actually are meeting with the Atlantic which cannot to found elsewhere on this magnitude.
The Sand Dunes easily reaching heights of 100 meters here and are quite popular with Tourist coming from all over to see it.
After on hour horsing around in the Dunes , cycled back to town to watch an Beautiful Sunset on the Pier..... tired and sore ,will go to bed early.
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