Our first trip to this amazing country to discover the flora, fauna and the geology. An excellent flight to Windhoek via Johannesburg arriving at a private game reserve of 70,000 hectares late afternoon. Cameras were immediately in use for the game arriving at the nearby water hole. An early morning game drive revealed a large diversity of birds and wildlife. Particularly eye-catching were the cheetahs introduced on a rehabilitation scheme. On the afternoon drive we spotted rhinos, lions under a camel thorn tree still sleeping off their previous night’s kill and warthogs off at great speed with their tails held high.
We moved to the coast to Swapokmund to find flamingos, avocet and a wealth of birds in the lagoon then up into the dunes hidden creatures and plants are adapted to their environment. Heading towards Sossusvlei we marvelled at the mountains, geology and ancient Welwitschia plants.
The amazing high dunes are breathtakingly beautiful. We climbed up to Dead Vlei, an ancient clay pan in the dunes. We ventured south to a farm guest house whose owners have a good collection of lithops. The wide vistas on our way to the sun-downer spot were awesome; we returned at dusk for a delicious meal – and the nearest shop is 100 kms away! Staying near Fish River Canyon we enjoyed a morning’s hike in the mountains behind the lodge and later discovered the immense canyon with plants defying their hostile environment. Quiver trees, Aloe dichotoma are found here – striking plants storing water in their trunks.
The Kalahari Desert was our next overnight stop to enjoy a late afternoon game drive to see kudu, oryx and the Burchell’s zebra. An ostrich family outing with about 18 young was followed by a sighting of meerkats. Giraffe ambled up the red dunes and we enjoyed our last sun-downer together.
We will return to Namibia in 2014. Click here to view the full tour details for Namibia.