Swakopmund, Windhoek and Sossusvlei (June-July 2014)


Along the coast and through the desert landscape we drove to Swakopmund, a town which resembles a North Sea resort in Germany and where German influence and language can be found everywhere. Just before arriving a huge sandstorm hit us and reduced visibility to about 5m. But this also lead to many sunny days following as the usual fog got blown away. We ended up spending a week here enjoying the company of other travelers, the ocean, worldcup football games, the aquarium and crystal gallery and great little restaurants.

A short days drive inland we hit the very managable Namibian capital Windhoek and organised a lot of things for our upcoming departure to Europe and getting more travel funds.

Over the beautiful Gamsberg Pass and the tiny settlement Solitaire we visited some of the highest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. Here the Tsauchab River ends in the middle of the Namib desert in a salt and clay pan. Every once in a while when the rains have been good this leads to water and green in this sandy environment. We particularly enjoyed Deadvlei with its many dead trees contrasting the red dunes and white pan.


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