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Monthly Archive 30 July 2018

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!

A great afternoon

Today would be our second and final day in Etosha National Park. Alas, we must go on! Of course we hope to get the maximum out of this day at least so we’re standing early at the gates again. We’re all still sleepy from yesterday. About one hundred meters after the entrance we’re wide awake. A lioness is stalking a prey! The prey turns out to be a Springbok. Sadly the stalking takes a long time and because of the dense bushes we lose sight of the animals after a while. So we move on. In the morning we see about the animals we’ve seen already. Just like yesterday we go swimming in Halali. Completely freshened up we go at it for the last time in the afternoon. If any animal is planning on showing itself, now is the time!

Savannahsoap

We’ve been traveling for about half a week now with a group of seventeen. We’re traveling in three cars. Today is the day on which we will finally visit Etosha National Park. The day before we left from Maun in Botswana and we’ve driven via the border all the way to Etosha. For those among us that look at maps sometimes: that is quite a distance. We left at 6 in the morning and about 2.30 in the night we arrived. We quickly put up our tents and at 5.30 we were already waiting at the gates of Etosha. But now it’s finally happening: a visit to the famous Etosha!

Okavango by mokoro

The Okavango Delta is the largest delta in the world that is not connected to a sea and I was fortunate enough to visit a small part of it. The most obvious way of transport in such a watery area is of course a boat, but large areas of the Okavango are very shallow: about half a meter deep. That’s why local inhabitants have used hollowed out tree trunks, mokoro’s, for ages to be able to move around quickly in this swamp. Nowadays it’s mainly a tourist business and the mokoro’s are made of plastic, it all works still the same though! Two people sit together in a mokoro and on the stern stands a guy that keeps the whole thing going. The plan was to spend the night with our group in the Okavango. We would go there by mokoro and on the next morning we would do a bushwalk. Late in the afternoon we sailed into the Okavango and that was already a very nice experience in itself.

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.