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Sep 25, 2008 - Namibia – Sossusvlei and Dune 45

Namibia – Sossusvlei and Dune 45 25/26th September This was more like it, when you say ‘desert’ I think of golden sands and dunes that go on for miles. This was exactly that – apparently the oldest desert in the world the dunes on either side of the dirt road are number from 1 up to 65. Dune 45 is the closest to the road (and the only one you are allowed to climb in this area – conservation purposes). This was our destination for a dawn walk to the top. Later on that day we all packed ourselves in on the back of a 4x4 truck that drove us...

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Jo'burg to Nairobi

Sep 10, 2008 - Sossusvlei

Hi All, Ok so we ran into a few issues in Namibia. We won't get into it all now but I have the email I sent to the travel agent with 13 points of problems we ran into. Nothing major just headaches and hassles but we did almost miss our flight back to Cape Town. I guess 15min prior to an international flight is not enough time to arrive and check in???? Anyways, we had the most amazing flight in a 6 seater plan down the Atlantic coast and miles and miles of sand dunes. They vary in color from cream to RED!!! This was the most amazing thing...

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Dec 22, 2007 - Off to Sossusvlei

A 4:20 am wake up ensures that the group has time to make a take away breakfast and depart for Sossusvlei where we are anxious to climb the famous dune 45 and participate in a bushman's walk through the desert. The outer gate to the park opened at 6 am and we arrived shortly before 6. We waited a bit but were anxious to get to the dune before the weather made it unbearably hot. Upon arrival I quickly got started with my running shoes on. I began the ascent quickly but soon slowed down and took breaks since walking in the sand was tiring...

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Dec 7, 2006 - Sesriem

Left Swakopmund, eventually. We had planned to leave at 10am but Annabel forgot to inform us that we had to pickup some money that was sent by Ronald at 12pm, about 10 mins from our departure point. To waste some time and kill the boredom Elliott, Louise, Rowena and I played some beach volleyball. I can quite honestly say I am shit at it. Bloody sand gets everywhere. Finally at 1pm we left and headed for Sessriem where the big dunes are. After about 6hrs drive we made it to the campsite. Not a great deal happened. Sue and her cook group...

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On another jaunt...

Nov 30, 2006 - Dune (Sesriem & Sousevelei, Namibia)

The most famous part of the Namib Desert is its vast dune fields, the most spectacular of which are found near the Sesriem Canyon. This canyon through the mountains, was formed when the Tsauchab River carved a gorge 30m deep into the gravel deposits, about 15 million years ago. It is thought that this river once flowed to the Atlantic Ocean but its course was blocked by the encroaching sand dunes. Now the river flows out to the dune fields that stretch for hundreds of miles up the coast, and dries up in a clay pan at Soussusvlei. The dunes...

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Nov 24, 2006 - Road trip to Sossusvlei and beyond

We didnt do our planning very well and realised that in order to see Sossusvlei we would have to return to Windhoek to rent a car, so on the intercape we got and returned for one night in the trusty cardboard box before collecting the car the next morning. We then drove to Sesriem which is the last town/village/two buildings before Sossusvlei, where the tallest dune in the world stands amid the desert. There is all sorts of complications with different gates opening and closing at different times but we luckily managed to get a space on the...

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Nov 10, 2006 - Sand, Sand, and More Sand

It was tough to leave Swakopmund. The excitment of a skydive, a hostel reminiscent of a rectory, an INCREDIBLE restaurant - Napolitana - that served perfectly cooked Oryx steak and Springbok. It was so good I actually went there two nights in a row and each meal was about $12 with a huge steak, salad, chips (fries) and a glass of wine or a beer. I was also bidding farewell to my initial travelling companions. Jenaya was heading back to Windhoek to take a fly-in safari to the Skeleton Coast with the company she'd volunteered for, and James...

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Reilly on the Road

Feb 4, 2006 - Sesriem

Who says it does not rain in the desert!! Namibia is having the most rain it has had in decades, and we are here! It only rains in the early evenings, but is very heavy, and is preceded by severe sand storms!!! So once we and our tents, clothes etc are covered in sand, the rain comes along and turns it all to mud! and it is very very hot when its not raining, 40+ Celsius. It was quite exciting to be amongst a sandstorm the first time, but the novelty wore off pretty quick, when your trying to shelter inside a tent that is by no means...

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Jan 16, 2006 - Sossusvlei Sand Dunes - Part of the 20 Day Overland Safari - Vic Falls to Cape Town

20-Day Overland Safari - Victoria Falls to Cape Town HIGHLIGHTS: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Western Caprivi, Okavango Delta, Etosha, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Cedarberg, Cape Town COUNTRIES VISITED: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa SAFARI TYPE: Participating Mixed Camping and Basic Chalet SAFARI GUIDE/DRIVER/COOK: Chantel, South African TRANSLATOR (GERMAN/ENGLISH): Monika, German PASSENGERS: Shirley - Australian (only with us for 14 days rather than the full 20) Stephi and Anjou - German...

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Dec 21, 2005 - Sossusvlei Dunes Day 4 - 5 Overland

Day 4 - 5 on our overland tour - We've arrived in the desert. Nothing but sand dunes around our campsite, and the intense desert sun beat heavily on our backs. We were fortunate to have a small pool at our campsite. Everyone rushed to take a dip in the pool to cool off from the 49 degree Celsius heat. It was a bit strange to be in the middle of the desert in a swimming pool! The sun slowly began to make its descent so we quickly dried off to take an afternoon stroll in the cool air to find a small dune to watch the sunset. Mika could tell...

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Oct 24, 2005 - Sesriem / Sossusvlei

Landscape: sand dunes Weather: like a hair dryer in your face You may not know the name Sossusvlei, but you might recognise the landscape. This is the most famous Namibian sight: massive sand dunes. The drive here was scorching hot, but through amazing panoramas of sand and rock. At last this is the Africa I came to see: an endless, harsh, unpopulated, orange land. The truck's route is fairly flexible, so on a whim we decide to take a minor road Northwest instead of the main road north and then west. It's not that big a difference, though....

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Oct 15, 2005 - In Memoriam: David Wakim

Safarimme yhdeksantena paivana David, eras porukastamme, sai sydankohtauksen uima-altaassa. Kahden tunnin elvytyksen jalkeen oli pakko luovuttaa. Ne olivat ehka elamani pisimmat kaksi tuntia. Etenkin, kun keskella Namibin autiomaata ei ollut saatavilla tarvittavia laitteita tai lentoa sairaalaan. Edes puhelimet eivat toimineet, koska satelliitti ei ollut kohdalla. Kuolinajaksi merkittiin 2.10.2004 klo 17.45. Se oli kuin pahaa unta. Kasittamantonta ja uskomatonta. Vain muutamaa tuntia aikaisemmin olimme yhdessa kirmanneet alas maailman...

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