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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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Oct 5, 2011 - Bl***y "auto correct" strikes again!
I really should know by now to check what I type more closely before hitting the send button. Obviously, the inventors of "auto correct" have never heard of the word "pan" and sneakily changed it to Pam while I wasn't looking! Does this mean, I wonder, that the makers are associated with a cooking oil spray company?!! The mind boggles! Well, hope you all figured out I was referring to a clay pan (as in flat area) and not to a kitchen product OR utensil!!Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Oct 4, 2011 - One for Muriel A!
This is for you, Muriel! Just wanted to let you know the four knitted dolls have been given to four little girls in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and they were all thrilled. I also handed out dozens of ordinary and colour pencils and tennis balls. The kids (and parents) are so grateful for anything. For those who don't travel the world, you can't imagine how incredibly fortunate we are in Canada. We truly do live in the most blessed country. (Here endeth tonight's lesson.......)!!!!!! DxJump to full entry
Oct 4, 2011 - Keep it to yourself, Buddy!
Quick update --- today we crossed paths with a spitting cobra. Thankfully, his mouth must have been dry and he had no spit to spit! Fine with me! Very early start in the morning (which will be Oct 5) to see the huge, red sand dunes. Hope light is still good by the time we get there! Off to my "hut" for the night! DxJump to full entry
Oct 4, 2011 - Sorry about no photos
Hi Several people have asked why there are no photos, apart from on one blog entry. Afraid the technical equipment here is SO limited that it is virtually impossible to send them out. I promise to bore everyone to death with pics of fish eagles when I get back! Geez...even I got sick of taking photos of fish eagles!!! DxJump to full entry
Sep 16, 2011 - Sossusvlei - Sept. 16
Wake-up call for 5:00 am - headed out for the sunrise and the giant sand dunes of Sossusvlei. It was an extremely windy day. We stopped at Dune 45 but couldn't get out because of the wind so we carried on to the transfer point and walked to the Dead Vlei - very interesting landscape. We returned to Dune 45 after the wind had calmed down so we walked up - very cool! Our guide had us put one hand on either side of the ridge on the dune where one side was warm and the side in the shade was cold. Amazing since it was +33. We saw baboons today...Jump to full entry
Sep 15, 2010 - Sossusvlei Sandduenen (welthoechste Sandpyramiden)
Unwirklich, im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes ausserirdisch. Goldig sandige Luft, am Ende des Horizonts oder der Strasse die ersten Luftspiegelungen, eine wunderschoene Maerchenlandschaft. Am Parkeingang sinds nochmals ueber 60km pro Weg zu den welthoechsten Sandduenen. Dort an der Tankstelle zeigte die Wetterstation 42 Grad im Schatten der Duenenlandschaft an. Nur gibt es auf den Duenen selbst leider keinen Schatten, also nahmen wir einen Rucksack voller Wasserflaschen mit fuer den Aufstieg auf die Sossusvlei Duene. Baumleichen ueberall,...Jump to full entry
Jan 5, 2009 - Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park
Even if any area that receives less than 200 ml rain per year is a desert, how much actually falls and in what pattern still makes a considerable difference. The Succulent Karoo Biome, which runs south of the 120 kilometre road between Aus and Lüderitz until the Orange River (it largely coincides with the Sperrgebiet and since the mining activities are limited to areas around Oranjemund [mouth of the Orange River], Elisabeth Bay and off shore, most of the habitat has been untouched for a 100 years now), receives between 20 to 90 ml per...Jump to full entry