After an overnight stay in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, we departed on May 14 with our private guide for the next two weeks
for the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the
Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is a drainage basin without outflows for the
ephemeral Tsauchab River.
These trees died and dried up some 900 years ago. It was so dry, that the trees have not decomposed.
The dunes in Sossusvlei are the tallest in the world. In early morning and late evening, the sun brings out the peculiar and
awesome red color of the sand.
Unfortunately for us, we booked our trip last minute and had to stay outside the park. If you can, book early and get lodging inside
the park. Otherwise, you will be like us--forced to wait until sunrise to enter the park.
Our timing was fortunate in one respect. We had a new moon three days after we arrived. As you can imagine, the sky in Namibia
is outrageous. We were far from any city lights. There is very little plane traffic in Namibia, and all airports close at night.
|A desert ground squirrel.
The pied crow in Namibia looks a little different from our crows, but its behaviour is quite the same as our black crows.
The Tropic of Capricorn is the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be directly overhead. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic
The Cape Fur Seal Colony at Cape Cross in Namibia is one of the largest fur seal colonies in the world.
In the Huab Valley we had very close encounters with the desert adapted elephants of that region. The very dry season had only
just begun so that flowers were still in bloom in the river bed.
There are many rock engravings over 6000 years old in the vicinity.
Egyptian Geese were quite common in Namibia and Zimbabwe although they tended to not get too close to humans.
|Desert elephants a second day.
|Lots of Gecko in the desert.