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Sep 27, 2014 - 25 September - Sesriem, Namibia

On Wednesday we had a big drive day - 615km - over dusty, bumpy roads into the Namib Desert. The scenery is very stark and dry, not surprising as they have only a couple of days of rain each year if they are lucky. We still managed to spot wildlife, mainly springbok and oryx and of course the sociable weaver nests which look like haystacks in the trees. We are staying in a government run camping site in a township called Sesriem on the edge of the desert, with a swimming pool and a bar which actually served cappucinos as well as beer....

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Jul 11, 2012 - Day 177 - Sesriem..Lost and found

Sesriem has to be one of the most photogenic places on the planet. The colours of the landscape change by the minute in the oldest desert in the world. When we arrived at Sesriem, the mid afternoon sun burnt the dunes a deep red and the dazzling blue sky the perfect foil to the huge red sentinels which rose above an ocean of yellow desert grass. The grassy sea lapped at the foot of the dunes and the breeze sent ripples of waves through the pale yellow grass, sheafs of wheat like stalks nodding their heads in the wind. After cooling off in...

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Trip Journal

5 African Hornes

Apr 27, 2012 - A trip to Dune 45

Early start from camp. Ricki not well with self inflicted red wine injury. Travel in darkness to dune 45 where we shed our shoes and barefoot up this enormous red narrow ridged dune. Quite a breath taking experience in both ways. The air so clean, clear and dry the colours are really defined. We take photos of sunrise and each and run back down – last few hundred metres on the contour kicking up a real sandstorm as the east wind has just arrived. We take a photo of three pair of pied crows – just waking and grooming themselves. Breakfast...

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Apr 26, 2012 - A long drive and our first view of the fauna

The bad news is we have to be in the truck and breakfasted by 7. There has been some rain and Anna has been told that the truck ahead of us was stuck 3 times yesterday and didn’t reach its destination until dark. So we are leaving in plenty of time and will also detour on a different route. We are now mostly on gravel roads. The first stretch quite treacherous – wet and slippery – the truck fishtails on the odd occasion. Good thing they are gravel and not dirt. Riding in this is, well, like riding in a truck. Even on tarmac she is pretty...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Camping Safari Day 9B

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Namibia chapter Central Namibia has to say about the the Sesriem Canyon: “Sesriem & Sossusvlei The gateway to Sossusvlei is Sesriem (Six Thongs), which was the number of joined leather ox-wagon thongs necessary to draw water from the bottom of the nearby gorge. Although it’s currently experiencing a bit of a growth spurt, Sesriem remains a lonely and far-flung outpost, home to little more than a petrol station and a handful of tourist hotels and lodges. Sesriem Canyon and...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Camping Safari Day 9A

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Namibia chapter Central Namibia has to say about the The Namib Dunes: “The Namib Dunes The Namib dunes stretch from the Orange to the Kuiseb Rivers in the south, and from Torra Bay in Skeleton Coast Park to Angola’s Curoca River in the north. They’re composed of colourful quartz sand and come in varying hues – from cream to orange and red to violet. Unlike the ancient Kalahari dunes, those of the Namib are dynamic, which means that they shift with wind, and are continuously...

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Nov 16, 2011 - Distant Dunes

I shivered through most of the night. It really cooled off. I had to cover my head and put on a fleece pullover to stay warm. A thin blanket on top of my silk sleep sheet was not enough.  Breakfast is at the lodge this morning. The beautiful buffet allows us to have a large breakfast so we won't have to stop for lunch. we witness ca Thea, one of the managers of the property, bottle feed the zebra. How cute! The bottle was quickly emptied followed by nudging by the zebra in an attempt to get more. She loves her bottle. Now that all...

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Oct 28, 2011 - End of Namibia

Continuing on to the dunes.... The area near Sossusvlei, Namibia is the most photographed, picturesque part of this country. The Dunes are a part of the 32 000 sq mm sand sea that covers much of the region. The dunes reach as high as 325m, and are part of the oldest, driest ecosystems on earth. The landscape here is constantly shifting, swirling in a sandy sprawl. To truly appreciate the magnitude of the dunes it is necessary to climb up and fly over them. Our first opportunity to enjoy the sand of the dunes was on the drive in to the...

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Jul 18, 2011 - The Sand Sea

Another driving day – this time to Sesriem, land of the red sand dunes. Passed through some rugged landscapes of jagged mountains and valleys scattered with huge mesas, the result of the Ice Age. Then after crossing wide grassy plains, we dropped 500 metres on the Zarishoogte Pass. The land reminded Bernie of Rohan while I thought more of the Misty Mountains! – Lord of the Rings references to those fans. We met a van with a surfboard on top – a bit incongruous at first, but for surfing the “Sea of Sand” not the ocean! Arrived at our Desert...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Dunes and Dead Vlei

Sesriem to Swakopmund: The Dunes and Dead Vlei ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5 June 2011 This St Petersburg: A Brief History ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Notes:

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Jun 4, 2011 - Orange River to Sesriem

Orange River to Sesriem: Into Namibia ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2 - 4 June 2011 Orange River to Sesriem After our kayaking adventure we formally crossed the border on a road bridge over the Orange River into Namibia: I went on foot. We then had a three hour drive to fish River Canyon. Fish River Canyon An incident free trip takes us to our campsite and then on to see the sun set over Fish River Canyon. This Canyon is 160 km long up to...

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May 4, 2010 - route dag 7 Aus - Sesriem

Aus - Sesriem (time 5,5 hours, distance 340 km) This day we will be doing a lot of driving. We will get a taste of how wide stretched Namibia is. The drive will lead us along the forbidden mining area of diamonds. If we are lucky, we will see Klipspringers, the African Antelope. Sesriem is on the edge of Sossusvlei and our lodge will be 38 km from there. We will be staying at Betesda Lodge ( www.betesdalodge.com ) ____________________________________________________________________________________________

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