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Sep 7, 2015 - The Big Daddy of Dunes

Our room has a very interesting skylight located right above the bed, so when I wake in the middle of the night I find myself stargazing. It’s just beautiful, and we are lucky because the moon is on the wane, so it’s just stars that I see. We had to get up at 5:30 am so we could bundle off with Jonas and the Russians to see the famous sand dunes. It was cold, and Barry and I wore our parkas and hats. It was also foggy, which obscured some of the mountains on our drive. It took about an hour to get to the Sossusvlei National Park, then it’s...

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Sep 6, 2015 - Ballooning over the Namib Desert

We got up at 5:30 am and joined 14 others in the lobby to drive to the ballooning site. We were in luck, actually, because windy conditions had prevented flying the balloons for the past five days. When we took off, we rose MUCH higher than we had over the Mara. As Dennis, our balloon pilot told us, we would not feel the wind velocity, because we were flying at the same speed; in fact, we were the wind. It was magical watching the sun rise and the desert mountains grow long shadows, then turn from monochrome to shades of yellow and, of...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namib Desert

There was a little confusion about what time we were to fly out of Windhoek, so we got to the local airport early. No one was there except the car rental agent, so we waited with our driver for someone to appear. In fact, a very nice young man walked in and greeted us and told us he was our pilot. When he started going through his paperwork, however, none of the names even remotely matched ours. It turns out he was flying another couple to a different lodge. So we waited a little while longer. Then another very nice young man walked through...

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Oct 31, 2013 - The sand dunes of Sossusvlei Namibia

We have spent the last 3 nights in the Namib desert and this is quite the contrast from the green of Stellenbosch. Our driver picked us up from the airport in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Windhoek is a very clean, modern city but we didn’t have a chance to see much of it as we headed straight off to Sossusvlei to see the sand dunes. Sossusvlei means where the water ends. Seeing the sand dunes was well worth the effort. They are spectacular and their color changes depending on the light. It is best to see them in the morning or at sunset to...

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Nov 17, 2012 - Ab in die Wüste

Heute mussten wir schon um 4.30Uhr aufstehen und unsere Sachen und Zelte packen. Erst nachdem alles feritg war gab es Frühstück, sodass wir um 6.00Uhr erneut zu einer 10h Fahrt in die Namib Wüste aufbrechen konnten. Je näher wir kamen, desto karger wurde die Landschaft und desto wärmer wurde es. Als wir abends ankamen, waren es 39grad. Wir hätten dann noch einen Ausflug zu einem anderen Canyon machen können aber die meisten waren zu geschafft durch die Hitze ( auch ich). Durch den sandigen Untergrund mussten wir den Abend sehr auf Skorpione...

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Deike in Afrika 2012

Jul 13, 2012 - Day 20 Sossusvlei - Namibia

After a small detour of about 50 KM as we missed the turn off to Sossusvlei in the dark - we made it at sunrise - This is one of those places that in a life time you should visit if you have the opportunity - Utterly stunning and amazing scenery. We Climbed Dune 45 the girls and I - Isabel filmed from the ground. We deflated tires to drive in deep sand - which was so much fun I managed to bend a rim. We did all the Vlei's - Super expedition. At night Peter and Rikka caught up with us enabling us to head off together the next day By Thomas

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Jul 10, 2012 - Day 19 - Savosnicks to Windhoek and Hansen's to Weltvrede guest farm

OK an update from Namibia on the Trangsrud-Savosnick contingent. We drove in late last night in the dark from the border crossing after Botswana. A long and slow drive because the injector pump was leaking. The car went into a specialist injector pump shop this morning which I eventually found after ten stops and ask for direction. Windhoek is relatively large and down town area has a lot of one way streets. We should get the car in the next hour and be of the way to Souselsvlei reaching there by 8-9 pm according to my estimates. The kids...

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Nov 23, 2011 - Sossusvlei

Friday, November 23 - Sossusvlei It was a pretty good sleep with great beds and down comforters, however, at around 1am they turned off the generator (they don't normally but one is broken and they have to). That meant my fan shut off and it got hot in the tent as I had the canvas sides down. So, tonight it will be outside... Its an early rise at 4:45am. Its time to see the dunes of Sossusvlei. After an early breakfast we are off by 6:00am! The guide drives through the private gate of Tsauchab River. The colors once again this morning are...

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Nov 22, 2011 - Windhoek, Namibia to Sossusvlei

Thursday, 11-22-12 SA to Windhoek , Namibia to Sossusvlei Happy Turkey day to all!! I wish you all a great day with family and friends. Once again I am so very thankful to be able to see the world and have such good family and friends that support me along the way. Hopefully, one day I will be able to give back even more through a charity that I create! Oh, the night was waay to short, but loved sinking deep into the cloud of clean pillows and fluffy comforter! And, I got to have coffee with real cream as I got ready in the morning AND got...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Dune 45, Deadvlei and Sossesvlei

The park permit cost 80 Namibian each. Another sixty kilometers in to get to Sossesvlei but we will stop at kilometer 45 to se the famous dune. Al and I have climbed it on a previous trip and Elaine and Dick had no desire so we took photos admired the dune and headed to the end of the road where we had to park the motor home. From here there is a four wheel drive shuttle to take us the last five kilometers. This portion cost another 100 Namibian each. The heat was already a factor. Trail head signs to Deadvlei take us on 1.1 km walk through...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Desert, Dunes and Dirt

Desert, Dunes and Dirt! Today we had a 6:00 a.m. start in order to get further into the Namib Desert to see the fantastic red sand dunes. Although many km inland (about 55 km inland where we were), these enormous sand dunes have blown in from the sea and are continuously moving inland with the prevailing winds. The colours of the sand in the early morning light are fabulous - dark reds, purples, pinks, etc., with dark shadows on the "non-sun" side. We wanted to stop every couple of minutes to photograph the effects but time wasn't on our...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Another bit of "bathroom humour"!

Travel tip #2 for ladies Firstly, thank you to the various (gentle)men who commented that using a bread roll - or any other material for that matter - is not a normal part of their toilet habits!  Yes, I know that!  However, we ladies are built somewhat differently (and aren't you glad about that?!) and we rather prefer a "drying experience"! So, here's another scatological episode (look it up!!!).  There I was, out in the Namib desert, with a significant wind blowing dust around to the point of occasional zero visibility, and we all three...

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