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.
Our shadow across the desert floor.
Our guide sets up a table with bubbly and nibbles. We toast the sunset. The rocks are beautiful in the light.
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.
This is where we were when the tire blew out. A couple of ladies decided to take a walk.
Changing the tire.
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.
We continue our rattly, bone shaking journey through the desert. They have not had rain here since 2010.
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.
Passing by flocks of flamingos along the lagoon that leads to the Atlantic Ocean.
The national park- remote and so much sand.
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.