Dunes and desert, Namibia
first of all,to enjoy sunrise on namib dunes,you MUST spend the night ONLY in sessriem campground (see hotel pic)....
WHY?because the only gates to open one hour before sunrise are campground gates....
BTW,don't forget to buy gate entrance tickets the day before!
if you visit ONE thing in south namibia,here you are!really a must!
huge NAMIB NAUKLUFT (50000 square km) covered by a sea of sandhills...among them,the highest in the world (340m)...
you have to visit it very early in the morning...sunrise among dunes is really A M A Z I N G!...colors are unique....moreover, later,sun can be very,very hot!
road between sessriem and sosussvlei,65km,is not the best one...anyway,no problem at all,excepted the last five km,only for 4x4 ....if you don't have,leave the car at km 60...there, expensive 4x4 (90N$/person) are waiting for driving you the last 5km to sossusvlei .
Fondest memory: grains of sand.....millions years before us and after us....really our life is soooo short!
almost mystic landscape of dead trees among the red orange dunes....
and the sensation to be ALONE!
Fondest memory: the highest dunes in the world....an ocean of sand...all is pure orange and red....becoming yellow in the middle of the day;blue of the sky;white of the salt,green of rare plants....
I had forgotten the splendid night sky could be so full of stars!
Get up to see the sunrise out at Sossusvlei, and if possible arrive early enough so that you can climb the sand dunes, you really won't regret it.....
Fondest memory: Looking up every night at the perfectly clear sky and watching the stars.
Fondest memory: From Windhoek we drove to Walvis Bay. To see more of the interesting country side we decided not to take the direct way. Insteed we took the Oos Pass and passed the Namib Naukluft Park. Even if it was a very long ride it was worth it. For hours we didn't see any car.
Favorite thing: It is a DRY and at times quite windy country, at least as far as the south is concerned. The wind will drive the sand across the paved roads and unpaved pads, and your car will easily get stuck if you don´t pay attention.
Fondest memory: Kolmanskop... well, not quite my fondest memory but walking around the desert-encroached buildings was, I thought, rather interesting. It was especially eerie in the hospital where the sand came in all the way to almost the top of the room.
climb Dune 45 in time for sun-rise. All overlands will go to the dunes, anyway. Climb up from the gentler side and crash down through the steeper side of the dune. Great fun!
[Photo credit: Maria from the Netherlands]
Take a balloon ride over the dunes out of Sossusvlei. While the view of the dunes on land is amazing, their tru majesty can only be fully apprecaited from air. It is a living mosaic of color.
Fondest memory: Watching sunset at a watering hole in Etosha. Is there anything more spiritual than witnessing true wildlife happening right in front of your eyes? With the setting of the sun a hole new world emerges. Oh to be aroused out of a deep sleep by the roar of a lion are things that a true adventures dreams are made of.
The most famous dune of Namibia, in Namib Naukluft Nat.Park. We went there early in the morning (4 o'clock!!!) to see the sunset from above. In the photo I am sitting in the middle of the way up, those little figures are at the very top. I climbed it barefoot, it was cold before the su rose, but it got much hotter afterwards. The best part of it was running down the dune, like sliding and rolling on the sand: 15 seconds to go down after a 40 minutes climbing!!!
THE RED DUNES
The most beautiful memory I keep from Namibia is this wonderful sunset in Namib Naukluft Nat. Park feeling the hot sand under my feet and feeling the wind blowing into the desert.
Visti Sossusvlei, in the Namib Desert. A big extension full of sand and very very red dunes. These dunes are not originally from this place. They are made of iron and other particles carried by the wind from the south of Namibia (diamonds area) up to the north. They are placed here forming star-shaped dunes in the middle of the NOTHING. It´s beautiful to see the sundown right here, when there are not so many tourists, which is not easy.
Here everybody tries to go trekking over Dune 45, called like that because it´s 45 km far from Sesriem the closest campsite. It´s the hightest dune here (they say in the world, but it´s not so), about 300 m.
The place is full of green vegetation because in 1997 (the last time it rained here) it rained 150 mm in just one night!!! so much that since then until last year there has been a lake and plenty of vegetation has been growing: trees, and bushes.
go to the Namib and the two rivers Ocavango and Kwando:
the first respresents the desert, the second the tropical.
With a lot of luck you may see flowers in the Namib. In the desert a little of rain is enough to let the flowers grow. The sperm can rest in the dry earth for years and with a little bit of water it starts growing, very fast, very colourful cause the fluid wouldn't last very long.
When you are in Namibia, you absolutely must climb the famous Dune 17 and Dune 45. You must go to Dune 45 to watch the sunrise...many people do this...you have to wake up very early to start the climb, but all this effort will be well worth it...the site is amazing...these dunes are MOUNTAINS of the finest sand you'll ever encounter...the sand evaporates when you blow it off your hand...the sunrise is magnificent...this will show you the Glory of Namibia..the Beauty of Namibia!...You must also visit Swakopmund...go skydiving (my dive got canceled because of a sandstorm that hits once every 4 years!! my luck!!)...go quad biking....go shopping...it's a quaint little town with a lot of adventure. You must also visit the Harnas game reserve....you will see and touch and walk with the wildest of animals...
Fondest memory: My best memory of Namibia was climbing Dune 17. It took over an hour of RIDICULOUSLY HARD WORK to get to the top...my friends and i were abou to die...it's so hard, but when we got to the top, we felt very accomplished..it was a beautiful view and worth the hard work for the experience...even my friend ZaZooma made it up!!! Zalatin skiied down the dune...LOL Quafsa made it to the top fist with Benson...!! Good job man.
Climbing the dunes at the Sossusvlei.
Everywhere you look you see reddish sanddunes.
This photo is from Filip de Bont, who stayed down to make this beautifull picture of our group.
This is one of the highest dune in the world (+ 300m)
It's located in the Namib desert (Naukluft Park) at Sesriem.