Sand, sand dunes and more sand
Trip Start Sep 10, 2008
75Trip End Sep 03, 2009
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We headed back into the dunes a couple of days later to watch the sun rise over the Namib desert. At least we watched the sun rise over the gates to the Namib desert, as they only open them after the sun has come up. We raced straight to dune 45 (as it would seem, did everyone else!) for the climb up. About half of us made it to the top. Dune 45 is meant to be the highest sand dune in the world (and the Namib the oldest desert in the world). It took us about half an hour to climb up it, and 2 minutes to walk down it. Walking down was definately much more fun than walking up it, and we got away from the wind that had been blasting us with sand all the way up.
After breakfast, we walked further into the desert towards dead Vlei, a group of trees on a clay pan that had died when the water dried up, but that were still standing.The trees were very eeiry, but I think most of us were a bit too knackered to enjoy them as it had really started to heat up and walking over the soft sand was exhausting.
We left the sand dunes behind to walk down the Sesriem Canyon
For our last night before going back to Windhoek we toasted marshmallows over the campsite, and our guide revealed how you get the cork back out of the wine bottle once you've pushed it in. Altogether, it was a great trip, with a lovely group of people and I was sad that it was over, although looking forwards to sleeping in a bed, not having to put up a tent and not being constantly covered in dust. A week later I'm still finding sand however...