My journal. Africa Trip, March 9 – April 6, 2016
From Swakopmund (mouth of the Swakopmund river, dry when we were there) we drive with all our spares south into the Namib Naukluft Park seaward from an oasis called Solitaire to see and walk the huge and extensive sand dunes. The drive takes us inland and up into harsh and dramatic mountains. More plant life there, but finally good for reading in the back seat. Our destination is a beautiful tent-
As green as it got:
Oddly, some of this land was fenced. I don’t recall seeing cattle or goats up here:
And a little farther on the lovely tent-
Closer, we see the tent walls on solid structures that include walk-
At the reception area there is even a small pool and a bar, from which this picture is taken. There was a large flat-
From here there is a good view of a watering hole:
The watering hole is out at the lone tree and in the tree there is found this huge bird nest for multiple birds. MnE said they were social weaver birds.
I never saw the birds that make this, but I saw a number of such nests in trees around Sossusvlei. I asked some Afrikaners what vlei means, and they said valley.
This evening at the pretty fancy Sossusvlei Karos Lodge we meet the Spanish couple:
And here’s a view towards the Mongolian barbecue and other flaming good things from the outdoor deck of the lodge:
It got way darker and more chilly there, and I got to share a tent-