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The Sahara: a bit more than just sand!

In January I drove around in the Western Sahara for a week searching for a Sand Cat. When I thought of the Sahara I had an image in my mind of endless rolling sandhills, but I turned out to look a bit differently. The landscape is quite monotonous, but has also some big rock formations. With a low sun every landscape looks better anyway. So I also wanted to share a few pictures of the landscape of the Western Sahara.

A visit to the red dunes of Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, the red desert of Namibia, is famous. Here beautifully shaped sand dunes can be seen with a peculiar red colour. The most iconic place is however Deadvlei. A white clay plain surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, some amount even to 400 meters! The plain is filled with gnarled acacia trees. Those often make for nice pictures.

Stars of Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe is a mountain landscape with all kinds of whimsically shaped rock formations. We’ve set up camp here. The stars are beautiful. Tonight will be extra special tonight, because there will be a lunar eclipse! We couldn’t have imagined a better place to watch it! So while we are preparing our chili con carne at the campfire, the moon slowly disappears behind the earth. A very special experience!

Beautiful Okavango

After a week driving through South-Africa and Botswana we’ve arrived at Okavango. We can arrange to spend the night in the Okavango Delta. The plan is to sail with a motorboat to a local village and move further from there in mokoro’s. Mokoro’s are canoe-like boats that used to be made by carving out a tree trunk. The shape is still the same but now they are made out of plastic. Quickly we go for some bread by car and then in the boat! That is the plan at least,  however the breadcar collides with a local car and they have to arrange everything at the local police station first. That’s not quickly done here…  Finally around half past four we can go out.

Stars of Andujar

Today was my first day in a photo hide in order to photograph an Iberian Lynx. For the night I had the opportunity to sleep at the campsite of the area. I thought this would be some kind of camping. That turned out to be a little bit different. Apparently they are not used to people actually going for the camping option in winter.