The Noels in SA and Namibia 2018 travel blog

Naukluft mountains

Naukluft mountains

Namib-Naukluft sand dune

Petrified Acacia trees in Sossusvlei

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Big Daddy - Look at the top of the dune, OMG!

Big Daddy is 325 meters high, Geez people hike this?

Big Daddy

Dune 45 phase 1

Dune 45 hike

Dune 45 hike

Dune 45 hike

Michi, one of our group, on Dune 45

Yup that's me

Ontop of Dune 45

Ontop of Dune 45

Dune 45 looking from stage 1 to stage 2

Dune 45 looking from stage 1 to stage 2

Ontop of Dune 45 towards stage 2

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

View from ontop of Dune 45

Heading back

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

View from ontop of Dune 45

At the end of Dune 45 hike

View of sand dune from Deadvlei

Stunning red dunes

Namib-Naukluft sand dunes

Heading to Deadvlei, salt

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

700 year old skeletons in Deadvlei

Stunning colors

Stunning colors

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

Stunning

formations in the dunes at Deadvlei

Resting after the Deadvlei hike

Removing sand (AGAIN) from my shoes after the Deadvlei hike

Oryx hanging out near Deadvlei

Oryx hanging out near Deadvlei

Oryx

Looks refreshing! Especially in this heat!

Yum, left over birthday cake

Bird's eye view of our dining area. Thank goodness for that daily...


Today's itinerary

Embark on a scenic excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei — clay pans covered in a crust of salt-rich sand surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes. It's considered one of the most stunning desert landscapes in Africa. After, visit Sesriem Canyon, a natural gorge carved out by the Tsauchab River. Enjoy a short stop at Sesriem Canyon, a small canyon typical of the area. The Tsauchab River flows through the canyon every five to ten years, and this creates the nearby salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei Dunes Visit Namib Desert - This area is famous for its high, red sand dunes. This clay and salt pan is surrounded by the dunes, making it a spectacularly beautiful sight with a remote and isolated feel.

Let's start by listing the top 10 movies shot in the Namib desert:Samsara, Mad-Max:Fury Road, 10,000 BC, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Beyond Borders, A Far Off Place, The Hunters, The Young Black Stallion, Flight of the Phoenix, and last but definitely not least The Cell. The Namib desert is stunning but harsh and unforgiving

Dune 45

We were up extremely, extremely early today since we had to be out on Dune 45 at dawn ... before the 47 degree heat. After a quick breakfast and lots of coffee we were off! Dune 45 is 45 km from the park gates hence the catchy name "Dune 45". We drove past Big Daddy another dune hike. Big Daddy is huge. Well we managed to do the hike and got plenty of awesome photos of red ancient dunes. The amount of sand in our shoes on this hike up, across, down the dune was over the top. Literally and figuratively! My toes were actually sore from gripping my sneakers! I think there must be a better shoe to do this in like light hiking boots from MEC .. yes the kind Maggie bought ... twice. Our next stop was a hike to Deadvleit which literally means dead marsh. Deadvleit is essentially a desiccated white clay pan. It was formed after rainfall when the Tsauchab river flooded creating an environment where camel thorn trees thrived. The climate changed when drought struck and the sand dunes took over and blocked the river from entering the area. Some plants are still surviving but the area is overwhelmed by skeletons of black trees that died 600-700 years ago. The wood cannot decompose because there is no moisture at all. Stunning and rather bleak. Many films were shot here such as The Cell with Jennifer Lopez. I lost count of how many stops I had to take to dump sand from my shoes. Maybe 5 stops? Some stops were awfuly close together LOL. Our next stop was to view the Sesriem Canyon from the top an then we headed back to the Lodge. We arrived back around 12 noon to find Chris and mom "chillaxing" by the pool. Great idea!

Lunch in Namibia

Well our lunch story was a blatant story of how the service in Namibia can be horrendous. We decided to have lunch in the bar rather than partake in a full-on buffet. This proved to be a mistake. After 50 minutes 2 of our 4 orders of fries finally came out but only after we asked for them. Apparently they had been left to cool off while the waitress waited for the other 2 orders of fries to come out. Whaaatt? It seemed that others who arrived after us were served before us which is never a good sign. The other 2 orders of fries never showed up. We were pretty annoyed since it had been 2 hours since we placed the order. I admit we may have been hangry but 2 hours is a bit ridiculous! For the afternoon we did some laundry in our room, had showers and a nap.

Evening on the desert

We had a meeting with our group at 7 pm to chat about the next day and then had a marvellous buffet dinner. The meals at this lodge are incredible. It is awesome to have that 2 hour wind kick up every evening to push out the heat of the day. We enjoyed left over cake (yum,yum) and then headed off to bed. We had jelly babies in our room that melted together to become 1 large jelly giant. Haha.



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