Day 14 - noon Day 7 - Northern Experience Tour 42 Celsius, deep blue sky, very hot
We were on our way to Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan surrounded by high reddish-orange colored dunes located a mere five kilometers further away from Deadvlei (66 km past the Namib Park's Sesriem entrance gate).
Partially covered by grass, bushes and some trees, the oval shape clay pan appeared like an oasis in the middle of the desert! However, due to the fact that all of us were pretty much exhausted by the time we set foot on this Sossusvlei's clay pan, nothing was done! No exploration of the area or even a thought about climbing another one of those high dunes was made! Had we done this, I’m sure I would have been greatly impressed by Sossusvlei.
Instead, we found better comfort by simply doing nothing and sitting on cemented benches set up under a tree for protection against the intense sun while waiting for the park’s 4x4 shuttle jeep to come back and pick us up within the next hour or so.
We were in the middle of this desert surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes, away from civilization, away from everything. However, near us oryxes and springboks lay quietly under a tree while observing us. So, we weren’t alone!
Hmmmm! Either they thought of us as food for their next meal and were planning a plan of attack or simply were curious about us since we had invaded their territory, either way I wasn’t too much worried about it! Why! Because as I told Michel I didn’t have much meat to start with, so I was sure they wouldn’t have chosen me to eat…… whereas his argument was that regardless, I would have been a good bone to chew on!
The ride back to where we’ve parked Mhondoro was quite an electrifying one as the local driver tried to impress us with his 4x4 open jeep by taking us rapidly and swiftly up and down the dunes and around the trees where I held on to dear life while having the time of my life. He must have seen it in our faces that we were all dead beat and probably wanted to shake us up a little! Well, he succeeded!
It was noon when we reached Mhondoro and welcomed the air conditioning of the vehicle and our bottles of water to drink! It was about time…..I was really thirsty! We were now heading back to the entrance gate, the area where it all started at the early hours of this morning. Everyone was quiet on the ride back, some even dozed off…..including Michel!
One hour later, we were back at the gate and since it was lunch time, Mhondoro was parked right next to the park’s reception lodge and our two guides prepared us lunch. Close to us, many social weaver nests were built up in the trees. They were quite something to see from under!
It was 1:30pm when we left the Namib-Naukluft Park and while never looking back, my adventure here in this Namibian Park was more than an amazing one! It was one where Mother Nature had proven to me once more that on this planet Earth, there are so many beautiful and incredible places to discover and explore....and I was fortunate enough to have seen one right here today in this great land of Namibia! Monique :-)