DO NOT GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Don’t even think about it. You will die of thirst. Stark isn’t it. The National Park is huge and going off on your own means no one will ever find your bleached bones. No one will know you are missing or look for you. Throughout the majority of the Sand Dune Sea there is no source water or shade. So stay on the path or ‘road’.
- Adventure Travel
The Welwitschia drive and the Welwitschia flower.
The Welwitschia drive is about an hour drive from Swakopmund into the desert. It is unique desert landscape and plantation with the Welwitschia flower, which is one of the oldest plans on earth to be hundreds years old.
Those are the unique watermelons that growing here in the desert, they are maybe most significant and important for the ecological cycle of the desert life here in the Namib Desert as they are the source of food and water for many of the animals that living here.
*Please do not touch or pick such of you see any.
From Swakopmund to Etosha
From Swakopmund to Etosha via Damaraland
Due to some flat tires in the middle of the desert (we had to wait many hours before repairing) we couldn't reach our hotel in Etosha on time because it is forbidden to driving during the night.
So we had a stop in "Twijfelfontein" - i admit a luxuous hotel and interesting place.
In Twijfelfontein you can find more than 2000 carvings in the rocks made of Basalt stones
and this made hunderd of years ago.
The most famous rock must be "The Organ Pipes"
- Road Trip
Discover Hiden Vlei
Okay, this place is already off the beaten bath, so how to get off even further? Well Hidden Vlei is comparable to the more famous Dead Vlei, and even though it is a little easier to get to, there tends to be no one visiting.
This place is a dead end to the Tsauchab River and is covered in white cracked earth and a few dead trees.
It is located 2kms from Sossuvlei and is easily excessible on foot. You don't need a 4x4 like you do to get to Dead Vlei.
Take plenty of water as it is very hot under the sun. Morning and late afternoon are the best to see the rich colors of the sand during the low light.
- National/State Park
Find water on a hiking trail
From the Buellsport Guest Farm you can make some very nice walking-trips through the interesting points in the surroundings: namib naukluft park.
One of them is the walk through the quivertree gorge.
By car you are driven (over a viewpoint) to the beginning pf th trail. You descent into the gorge, you see wild zebras, quivertrees, dassies, antelopes and you find water on the ground. (very rare in this dry surrounding). The water is so clear you can drink it or bath in it like in a natural bath-tube.
Further down the gorge you get picked up again and driven back.
Start: 7.30 am.
Back around 2 p.m. (depends how fast you walk)
Time to walk: 1.5-3.5 hours
Bring: enough water, good shoes.
- Budget Travel
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Go and climb the highest dunes in the world
Go and explore the dunes - but respect the nature - so no trash like tins or other garbish.
Wear a good pair of boots !! As you might know - sand is not that easy to walk on !