Archive for September, 2014

But just remember on the way home…

But just remember on the way home…
This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

21/09/2014 As we make our way through multiple stop/go’s caused by large roadworks projects along the beautiful Cederberg regions, we reflect, as always, on the highlights, and lowlights, of the past two weeks. We asked ourselves – what exceeded our expectations? What didn’t? What did we enjoy most. Very little didn’t meet our expectations. We…

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Oh, the rivers flow, so old..

Oh, the rivers flow, so old..
This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

18/09/2014 I could stay here on the edge of the canyon forever, but we have to gradually start making our way home. And to catch our breath before we do this, we planned on resting for two nights at Ai-Ais hot springs. To get to Ai-Ais you have to drive back up North to the…

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It’s the call of the canyon

It’s the call of the canyon
This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

17/09/2014 Three years ago, I was able to share one of the most exquisite wonders of nature with my three children. I remember vividly how the Aurora Borealis moved us to tears.  Today, nature did it again. We have become quite accustomed to travelling on gravel roads. And we love the random surprises. Like the…

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Wild horses…

Wild horses…
This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

16/09/2014 Today we did nothing. Well, mostly nothing. We unashamedly lazed around all morning. Slept a little. Blogged a little. Sat a little. Eventually, we figured we would try the water hole again. Who knows – we may just get to see one or two horses. We saw the first horses halfway to the water…

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They’re swimming in the sand…

They’re swimming in the sand…
This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

15/09/2014 From Aus it is about  a 120km drive to Lüderitz. The road is tarred, but I cannot help wonder how many accidents must happen on this stretch of road, with drivers simply falling asleep from the shear boredom of a straight line of asphalt in the sand. If there is one thing you can…

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Between the silence of the mountain…

Between the silence of the mountain…
This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

14/09/2014 We’re  off to Aus. And as always, the plan is to leave early. And then vacation happens…. In front of the main lodge, yesterday’s stale breadcrumbs became a feast to behold. Ground squirrels (Waaierstert Meerkatte), Ruppel’s Korhaan,  pale-winged Starlings (bleekvlerkspreeus), doves and many sociable weavers joined in the feast. A little field mouse had…

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When the red sun sets…

When the red sun sets…
This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

13/09/2014 Yesterday, a small herd of springbok crossed the road in front of us, and then stopped briefly, probably to point fingers and laugh at us. Niel used the moment to give them a good talking to, in preparation for their big game against the All Blacks today. We are taking the day off. Niel…

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I’ve still got sand in my shoes…

I’ve still got sand in my shoes…
This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

12 September 2014 I’ll blame old age for my increasing levels of apprehension for the unknown. How do they manage to take those photo’s. Do you have to be there at a specific time? Will we get there in time for that magic moment? It is about a 60km drive from our lodge to the…

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And solitaire’s the only game in town…

And solitaire’s the only game in town…
This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

11/09/2014 It is only recently that I started getting an interest in Sossusvlei. I’ve come to love photo’s of skeleton-like trees against a backdrop of the red dunes, and would love to be able to take one myself. Today, we set off from Swakopmund to the Sossusvlei area. I’m slightly apprehensive, because it would be…

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Wider than a mile…

Wider than a mile…
This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

10/09/2014 The national flower of Namibia is the Welwitschia. It is unique in the Namib, and is in fact a coniferous dwarf tree that is related to the pine tree. It appears as though the Welwitschia has many intertwined leaves, but in reality there are only two leaves which continue to grow throughout its lifespan….

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I’m knitting with only one needle…

I’m knitting with only one needle…
This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

09/09/2014 Enough of this city stuff. Let’s rather head out to the coast. But first we stopped at the Old Brewery in Windhoek. The building has been converted into an arts and crafts centre. Of course I would want to see what they have! And I can highly recommend the fresh fruit juice at the…

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This is a song for the Captain…

This is a song for the Captain…
This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

08/09/2014 Just outside Keetmanshoop there is a signpost that claims that it is exactly 500km to Windhoek. This is our agenda for the day. And with the help of some good music on the trusted iPod, it should be a breeze. We usually set the iPad on shuffle, and enjoy the random song choices it…

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It’s a kinda lazy life, I know

It’s a kinda lazy life, I know
This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

07/09/2014 We always make the same mistake. Too many things to see in too little time. This time, I tried to not have us do that. There were two things I wanted to be sure that we see during our time at the Quiver tree forest. The one being the quiver trees. The other the…

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The sunset in its golden splendor

The sunset in its golden splendor
This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Sunsets, Dunes and Quiver Trees - Namibia 2014

06/09/2014 I’ve always been one for cool, green landscapes. With lots of water. I simply don’t like heat. And I don’t do desert, sand and dust. And yet, that is exactly what we are up to currently. We’re on a roadtrip through parts of Namibia. And I’m super excited. As always, planning took some effort,…

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