More Fun in Namibia

Although our diary and the memory card were already full, more of Namibia’s attractions kept coming. We just had reluctantly left the unforgettable Spitzkoppe behind us, when the next, very smelly, highlight waited for us. The seal colony at Cape Cross. Our guide Elton had warned us that the immense stench stench of several thousand seals can bring tears from tourists’ eyes and the breakfast up from the stomach. But we were apparently lucky with the wind direction and could observe those cute animals up close as they relaxed on land and frolicked in the water. It was breathtaking.

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Then we went South along the notorious Skeleton Coast. On our way we repeatedly saw wrecks lying on the shore, slowly rotting away. Luckily we escaped this death strip and our truck reached the provincial and adventure capital Swakopmund. We were told that the town, due to its colonial past, is more German than Germany. But except for a few pseudo-timbered houses and the German street and business names we could not confirm that. The weather was in turn German, because we just got the only two rainy days of the year.
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The really exciting thing about Swakopmund were the offered desert adventures. One could choose from a choice of Skydiving, quad biking and sandboarding. Since we had already checked off the first two points, “Surfing in the dunes” remained. We drove boarder-like with a minibus into the desert, to find the largest sand wave around. Unfortunately we noticed there that no one had built a lift yet. So we dragged our boards up the dune sweating. There followed a quick waxing with moisturizer and off we went. The feeling is similar to a deep snow ride, only warmer. Unfortunately, the fun was over after only 20 seconds and we had to drag our boards back up the dune for ten minutes. The things we do for a good ride. Finally, we also tried the prone boarding, where you can hit speeds of more than 70 k an hour. Also really funny.

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From Swakopmund we went south, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, before arriving at Sossusvlei. This small town is famous for its magnificent red desert dunes and salt pans. The most famous dune is 45 kilometers away and is therefore called Dune 45. As many others before we climbed it and shot photos diligently. We than wandered a little deeper into the desert to find a desert lake and a salt pan. The scenery was amazing and we even got to see a cute little owl.

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Our last major stop in Namibia was the Fish River Canyon. But before we got there, we spent a night at a campsite with cheeky squirrels. Also a species which one must see in Africa, if only because of the nuts. Then we finally stood on the edge of Africa’s largest canyon. Being 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and up to 550 meters deep the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon on earth after the Grand Canyon. With a cold cider we enjoyed the sunset over this natural wonder before it was about cooking time.

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In the end, we relaxed a bit at the border river to South Africa, the Oranje. For our last border control in Africa we again took our passports out and smiled as nicely as possible. We passed without any problems and went into the last country of our African Tour…