Going up the west coast of Namibia

I have come down with a sore throat and a cold so no energy at the end of the day to write anything. So I am doing some highlights from the last couple of days. This trip is full on. Up at 5 or 6 am, in the truck and moving about 60 to 90 minutes later after breakfast.  The days are long, the activities are interesting and we fall into our beds at night after showering off all of the dust. Here are the highlights of the last two days.

Sundowner. We drove across the desert to a spot near rocks to watch the sun set over the desert. We passed a springbok.

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Our shadow across the desert floor._N3A9406

Our guide sets up a table with bubbly and nibbles. We toast the sunset. The rocks are beautiful in the light._N3A9416

The next day we get our first blown out tyre in the absolute middle of nowhere. The three guys on board helped change it. Then a couple of hours later the spare blew out. Fortunately we were close enough to our destination where a tyre supply shop was called and they sent someone to put a new tire on the bus and also give us two new spare ones. Thank goodness we weren’t in the remote desert area when the second one happened. We travelled about six hours through the desert yesterday.

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This is where we were when the tire blew out. A couple of ladies decided to take a walk. _N3A9440

Changing the tire.

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One of our stops was at a cheetah sanctuary.  When cheetahs attack cattle or sheep the farmers like to shoot them. There is a movement under way to trap and relocate them that is helping to save these beautiful animals.  These animals were a family to a cheetah who had been injured and now lives in the sanctuary._N3A9515_N3A9532

We continue our rattly, bone shaking journey through the desert. They have not had rain here since 2010.

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Today saw us on a harbour cruise in the Atlantic ocean on the west coast of Namibia. I would tell you the name of the city but I can’t pronounce it and I’m too tired to look it up. On the west coast towards the north of the country.

This is lucky.  A few seals jump up onto the boat as we leave the harbour. He is a young seal who does not appear to have a mother and the crew see him regularly and help him out a bit.  He hangs around the harbour but he is also able to cope in the wild.

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This pelican also landed on our boat. He came out of nowhere and startled all of us on the boat. There were only 8 guests on the boat and 3 crew.
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Coming back into port. We saw cormorants (landed on the boat), gulls, dolphins and thousands of seals.

Passing by flocks of flamingos along the lagoon that leads to the Atlantic Ocean.

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After 3 hours on board the boat, more champagne, raw oysters, nibbles and small pastries we transferred to the dune rides. Modern SUV’s took us through incredibly high dunes. We travelled about 120 kms along the beach and sand dunes. Again stopped and were watered and fed with incredible  food.

The national park- remote and so much sand._N3A9795

 

 

 

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We saw Ostriches going up and over the sand dunes. We saw quite a few animals in the sand dune area.

Well that is a quick summary of the past couple of days. Having a cold, long hours in the heat and more activities in two days than I do in two months have us resting as much as possible in the evenings. Tomorrow we are off again. I need to consult our paperwork and map to see where. Snip20160609_6

Author: TravellinPenguin

I live a retired life in Tasmania, Australia. I love books, travel, animals, photography, motor biking and good friends. I indulge in all these activities with the little Travellin' Penguin who has now shared four continents with me. We love book shops, photography walks and time with friends as all our family is in USA and Canada. I enjoy visitors to my blog so hope you'll stop by.

11 thoughts on “Going up the west coast of Namibia”

  1. It’s been quite a while since you posted about your trip. I’m wondering what’s going on. When last we left you, you had come down with a cold and sore throat. I’m hoping that you’re not sick and that you’re just having so much fun that you don’t have time to post.

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    1. We are heading home this weekend. Havent been able to post due to being in very remote areas with next to no internet. Will put up a few posts once home and recovered. Has been exhausting with 5:30 am starts and 9 to 10 pm finishes and long days on the road or game parks. More to come before long. All good though.

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  2. What amazing photographs, and what an incredible journey – a real adventure. I envy you, but I would never dare go anywhere like that because I am such a bad traveller.

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  3. It’s awful to be sick where you are travelling. I hope you get over it soon – and that Mr Penguin doesn’t get it. Great photos. Like Judy I love the ostrich photo. I also love how pelicans are so recognisable and yet differ in colour around the world. That one’s beak is amazing, when set against a body that looks similarly colouring to our Aussie ones.

    Sounds like you are having some wonderful meals – and, at least, it seems you are too tired to have sleeping problems!

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  4. Get well soon! Having a cold during late summer heat is no joke. You took great pics! Your coastal stop was probably Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. I’ve visited both. Looking forward to more pics later.

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  5. being sick while traveling is the pits… but the photos are beyond spectacular and really give a sense of the Namibian desert… and that is the flattest flat tire i’ve ever seen; it looks like he drove on it for a number of miles… even the rim looks bent… take care…

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  6. All travel is tiring and this sounds more demanding than most. Take care of yourself, and don’t worry about the blog if you’re not up to it. You can always fill us in when you get back *smile*

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  7. I love the ostrich photo. Again, so sorry you are sick. And very glad you felt well enough to post pictures and comments. I missed them yesterday….

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