The Star Dunes of the Sossusveli. The Namib Sea Desert, Namibia.


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Dune 45

It had been a long heart stopping climb in the grainy semi dark light of  pre-dawn, but finally I sat atop the 150 meter high Dune 45.  Burrowing into the  knife edge of sand to ensure that I could not tumble down the sharply angled sides I waited for the sun to rise. 21 We  had set off from Windhoek the day before, an intimate group of 3 paying guests, the guide/driver and the cook.   The Wild Dogs  truck had room for 15 passengers, plenty of space to be bounced around as it made its way over the unpaved potholed tracks through desert, one horse towns and spectacular valleys. 5658 14 Sunset over the Sesriem, Valley pass rock formations and the extremely rare quill tree (used for arrow quills in ancient times) After 7 hours driving, segmented by a stop for lunch on someone’s goat farm we finally arrived at the Sesriem Camp site.  It was unbearably hot.  We pitched the tents, cooled off in the swimming pool then checked out the camp site. 111 112 Hung  from the tree branches above us were  huge straw, hive shaped structures with hundreds of holes in them. “The five star hotel” our guide informed us.  “We call them ‘Friendly Finches’” The birds continually repaired or built the nests from what looked suspiciously like the straw umbrellas dotted around the pool.   They lived up to their name, when sitting quietly  one of the trees they hopped around my feet. 259 248 247 225 214 195 As the sun rose above a landscape containing the oldest and highest sand dunes in the world, it’s rays of light turned the dunes turned from umber to beige to dusky rose, amber to bright yellow and ochre to burnt orange and red.   The air was cool and still and nothing stirred below.  Silence.  Each person so wrapped up in wonder it rendered them speechless. 34 32 201 202 207 Eventually the sun crested, air warmed, bodies began to perculate.  It  was time to head down.  Breakfast was calling.

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28 thoughts on “The Star Dunes of the Sossusveli. The Namib Sea Desert, Namibia.

  1. I am so sorry I took so long to catch up! These are amazing! I have never seen anything like them outside of the movies! Fantastic ! I am speechless almost to tears.

  2. Just beautiful! What a remarkable experience it must have been to be there. It is even awe inspiring in pictures…I can’t imagine the full wonder you felt, but thanks for bringing it as close as possible and sharing it so well.

  3. I just love the Namib – I’m South African by birth. I wonder if I may correct you on the spelling of one place name? It’s Sossus vlei … a vlei (Afrikaans) technically describes a wetland! Yes, hard to believe but that tells us that perhaps once upon a time, along long time ago … it was. Watch your step!

  4. Truly a trip of a lifetime, the photos are stunning, the colours so vibrant. I love how you have caught the tiny figures scrambling up the massive dune, it gives it real dimension. Australia will be an anticlimax when you eventually arrive back home

  5. WOW! This must have been a wonderful adventure. Your beautiful photos of the sand dunes look like shots out of Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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