The road to Sossusvlei
7 June. We are heading for one of the largest National Parks in Africa, a mere 50,000km² of sand and rock as well as being home to the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
Our route takes us along some pretty spectacular scenery and we pass through the private Namibrand Nature Reserve which covers 2100km² and has some seriously nice lodges. Keith says “no” so we drive on, but if you are feeling flush do take a look. http://wolwedans.com.na.
The wildlife in this area is amazing. We have mixed herds of oryx, springbok and zebra running alongside the Land Rover, galloping, leaping and dodging around each other. We are so busy watching them, especially the pronking springboks, that we don’t think to video any. However, we took a conscious decision to “live in the moment” on this trip and to enjoy everything we see around us, without seeing it through a lens, so, sorry, no video of this – you will just have to imagine it or come and see for yourself.
In Sesriem we have been recommended a campsite right outside the entrance to the park, where we will head tomorrow to see the dune fields of Sossusvlei. This site has everything, including some wonderful private pitches which are, sadly full tonight but we have booked one for the next two nights. Mind you, the public site has its own highlight – we have the place to ourselves and the views are stunning. We even have an oryx wandering about the place.
Beautiful dunes in Sossusvlei
The early start is a bit of a shock to the system. But it should be worth it as early morning light is at its best and hopefully there will be less people around too.
We drive the 60kms from Sesriem to Sossusvlei, huge dunes rising above us on either side. As the sun rises over the sand dunes the shadows slowly lift to reveal varying shades of red and orange. We watch a hot air balloon slowly rise and wonder what the view is like from up there. Maybe another time.
The corridor along which we are driving gradually narrows and the dunes are closing in on us on either side. It is truly astonishing that this corridor has been created over millennia, by a very seldom flowing river. We can see the present course of the river because the green camelthorn trees make it clear for us. But, enough looking from the comfort of the car, we need to climb a dune.