Heading to Big Daddy Dune and Deadvlei!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 04, 2013

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Hammerstein Lodge Namib-Naukluft Park
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Day 14 - mid morning

Day 7 - Northern Experience Tour
            40 Celsius, deep blue sky, very hot

It was 9:00am when we left Dune 45 and headed towards the highest dune in the Namib Desert known as Big Daddy Dune, a mere 16 km further away! 

From what our guide told us, it measured more than 350 meters in height and rose on a 45 degree angle!   Quite interesting but I do think they should have called this one Dune 61 to stick with their system!  Ha, ha!    Regardless, I was more than anxious to arrive there because this was the dune that surrounded the famous Deadvlei! 

As NTando drove us deeper inside this Namib Desert Park, big reddish sand dunes of unique shapes and sizes appeared to be following us around.  They were everywhere I looked on either side of the road!   Set up against the deep blue sky, the vistas were unreal!

One funny thing that I've noticed about this park was that the road we drove on was paved whereas those outside weren’t; they were all dirt roads!    This ought to tell you something!  

That this entire park was considered the foremost attraction of Namibia and much had been done by the Namibian Authorities to support and facilitate tourism in the area.   Well, thank you!   This concrete road had been built in the early 2000s to connect Sesriem (entrance gate) and Soussusvlei , a 66 km distance!   Interesting facts!  

Once more, wildlife in the form of sprinkboks was seen running around on the flat land.   A few trees and dead shrubs made up the rest of the scenery along with those amazing sand dunes.   With my window completely pulled down, I kept taking pictures on the go while the breeze cooled me down!

Half an hour later we arrived at an area where Mhondoro couldn’t go any further.   Not because we were out of gas or that something was wrong with the safari truck but because the rest of the traveling had to be done in one of the park’s open safari jeeps due to the terrain being quite sandy and rugged!  

This definitely spiced up the adventure as the park’s local driver drove expertly for a good 25 minutes towards Big Daddy Dune/Deadvlei in deep sinking sand and around trees making us feel as if we were on a roller coaster ride!   It was cool especially since I sat at the back, I kept bouncing and jumping constantly!   I do believe I might have fallen off at one point had it not been for Michel holding me while I took pictures!   

And then we were there.   We had arrived at the spot where Big Daddy Dune stood several meters away from us while Deadvlei, 1.1 km.  Imagine, I was within half an hour of stepping foot at another one of my trip’s highlights, Deadvlei!    Yeahhh! You’re probably wondering "what the hell is Deadvlei" but you’ll have to be patient and wait a while to find out!   Unless, of course, you Google search it!

Since the rest of the trip had to be done on foot, I had a choice here.  Either to climb Big Daddy Dune to see from above the amazing vistas of Deadvlei below or simply walk towards it and see it from the ground!

So, which one do you think I chose!

To be continued….

Monique   :-)

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