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Out of the desert and onto the coast.

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Flamingos in Walvis Bay

Hello, flamingos and white pelicans of Walvis Bay! This place is a birder’s paradise.

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Flamingos taking flight

We’re not birders, but still appreciate the beauty of birds.

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White Pelican

The Atlantic Ocean crashes into the sands of Namibia, as we enter the holiday resort town of Swakopmund.

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The dunes near Swakopmund

Mare treats us to several nights of luxury at the “Beach Lodge” which is designed to look like a wrecked ship, right on the ocean.

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The Beach Lodge

Driving part of the Skeleton Coast, we understand how it had earned its name.

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Driving the Skeleton Coast Road

Salt flats, mineral and precious gem mines, and the road goes on forever.

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Zeila shipwreck

Many shipwrecked sailors died of exposure here.

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Tables with chunks of salt crystals for sale line the road

Man cannot live on salt alone, but he can certainly purchase it.

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Cape Cross Seal Reserve

A surreal seashore with over 100,000 seals make us feel like intruders. Wonder if they think that we stink too?

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Beach shower – the best show in town

Invigorating walks along a never ending shoreline rejuvenate our bodies, which have been car-bound for days. A simple outdoor shower provides a chance to frolic, and clean up at the same time.

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Himba woman with child. Check out that hair!

Himba tribal members have kept their cultural heritage intact for many years. The female hair style utilizes a mixture of clay and mud.

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Shopping for souvenirs

Crafts are handmade and very reasonable. Bartering is an important ingredient of their culture, so it’s foolish and insulting to agree on the first price.

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Adios Namibia – It has been spectacular!

We wrap up another amazing adventure in Namibia. A land that has so much more than just sand. Our next adventure will take us back to Cape Town, a place that feels like home.      Ron Mitchell

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Never-Ending Namibia

We read, “Don’t bother with Namibia. I can take you to the beach and show you some sand. It is over-priced and over-rated.” Being from the desert in Arizona, and serious budget travelers, we almost did not go.

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Namibia!

As we met and talked with fellow travelers who loved Namibia, a new plan and path emerged. So, after that 20-hour bus ride to Windhoek we rent a car and venture into the sand.

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The road to Solitaire, Namibia

The road transforms from pavement to gravel, making for slow travel. We’ll call it “magnificent travel.” Vast terrain transforms in color and formation every several kilometers.

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Blue Wildebeest crossing the road

We’re getting worried that our small Volkswagen may be running out of gas (gauge is stuck on full).

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Where are we?

We haven’t seen another vehicle for several hours, except for a mule-driven cart.

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The only folks sharing the road

Namibia has a population of only 2 million people, as opposed to South Africa’s 53 million. No wonder it’s one of the safest countries in Africa!

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Solitaire, Namibia

The town of Solitaire certainly earns its name. They could have named it “Relief.” After a gas-up, we make like a baby and “head out.”

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Desert Camp, Sesriem

Let’s make camp in a safari tent at “Desert Camp.” The tent comes with a bathroom and back porch kitchen.

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Living the Braai life!

Talk about a porch with a view…we are in planetary paradise. Fire up that lamb braai! Photo by Marilynn Windust Suddenly, the road turns straight, forever into oblivion. Changing sunlight sets mountains, dunes, and vastness aglow with different colors.

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Namib-Naukluft National Park

Impalas, ostriches, gemsbok and wildebeests also love the desert.

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Ostriches

In the morning, many rush to Namib-Naukluft National park to climb the dunes and watch the sun rise over the landscapes.

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Dune 45

About every ten years, rains flood the washes and riverbeds. That’s when Sossusvlei, a large ephemeral pan, comes to life.

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Catching sunrise on Dune 45

It attracts hundreds of thousands of migrating birds from as far away as the Arctic. Usually, though, the pan is dry and looks like a different planet.

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Sossusvlei

Some of the highest dunes on earth are formed by some of the oldest sands in our world. Here, they separate the desert from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Zebras – really?

Back on the straight, gravel road, Zebras come out of nowhere.

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The road to Walvis Bay

We’re heading to the Namibian coast, totally grateful that we decided to travel here. Gotta have more sand!  Ron Mitchell