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Sossusvlei to Windhoek (Photo Diary)

Camping in the vast emptiness of the Namib Dessert under a camelthorn tree and the great glittering arc of the Milky Way, we saw so many shooting stars that we ran out of wishes. We didn’t realise how easily Bow Wow could have been cheetah, spotted hyena or leopard padkos! Having successfully smuggled our stowaway in to the soaring sand dune sea of Sossusvlei, we then pushed on to Windhoek via the Gemütlichkeit of Swakompmund.

Driving in Lula towards the Tiras Mountains, Namibia.

Trunky checking out the Tiras Mountains as we approached...

 

Bow Wow drinking out of his bowl in Namtib Reserve, Namibia.

Namtib Reserve! With its vast open plains and absolute silence it has to be one of the most cinematic places that we have ever camped.

 

Lucie sitting at camping table watching the sunset in Namtib Reserve, Namibia.

Artefacts of the San people (Bushmen) found under this large camelthorn tree reveal that they must have rested here during hunts. Although probably not with a beer like us.

 

Sunset framed by tree branch at Namtib Reserve, Namibia.

Save up all your wishes for Namibia. We were blissfully unaware that as we counted shooting stars, all predators except lion surrounded us.

 

Lula with tent popped up at Namtib Reserve, Namibia.

If we had known, Bow Wow (a.k.a. Leopard-Bait) would have slept in the car but fortunately he survived to tell the tale.

 

Old antique series Land Rover at Namtib farm, Namibia.

Farewell, Sir Arthur! Namtib's resident Landy.

 

A hot air balloon over Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

With a pink sky rising over the desert, we made for the sand dune sea of Sossusvlei. How spectacular to experience this ancient, arid landscape in a hot air balloon!

 

Heading towards blue mountains at Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

Even though our feet remained firmly on the ground, we felt as though we were floating like the blue mountains up ahead.

 

The Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

We arrived just in time to watch the new day breaking over the great crests of sand.

 

The Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

These are dynamic, shape shifting dunes.

 

The Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

Newly sculpted daily, ever changing with the wind and light.

 

The Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia, with shrubs and bush. Like an oasis.

Sossusvlei developed over millions of years...

 

The Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia, with shrubs and bush. Like an oasis.

and is one of the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth.

 

People walking up the Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

People hiking across the dunes looked like little ants.

 

Ghostly eerie trees at the Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

We left in a sand storm feeling thoroughly ex-foliated.

 

Lady working at farm stall on way to Sossusvlei sand dunes, Namibia.

Stocking up on padkos (road food) at a farm stall along the way...

 

Old antique rusted car in deep sand, Namibia.

we spotted these burnt out cars from an old desert rally.

 

Rusted Chevrolet found in the desert of Namibia.

Rusting Chevy.

 

Lighthouse at Swakopmund, Namibia.

Swakopmund is said to be more German than Germany...

 

Bow Wow on beach in Swakopmund, Namibia.

and, honestly, we kept forgetting that we were in Namibia.

 

Bow Wow lying amongst sheets and towels at a laundrette in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Amidst the hypnotic whir of the laundrette in Swakopmund, Bow Wow hoped we wouldn't notice he had chosen to curl up and snooze on our washing. "If I can't see them, they won't see me." he reasoned.

 

Lucie holding Bow Wow with Vagabond Van headband from Tofo, Mozambique. Windhoek, Namibia.

Lucie wearing one of the shell headbands that we had made in Tofo, Mozambique and that will soon be available to buy online at www.vagabondvan.com.

 

Bow Wow and a group of cool girls we met in Windhoek, Namibia.

Bow Wow didn't seem to mind being mobbed by groupies in Windhoek. It's a dogs life.


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One Response to “Sossusvlei to Windhoek (Photo Diary)”

  1. Craig says:

    Bow Wow got big!

    Keep living guys

    Cobba

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