Days 1 & 2
After meeting our group and sorting out luggage and equipment transport, we left Windhoek behind and started our 2,179km journey. We headed towards our first overnight stay – Sossusvlei and the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We travelled through some of the most amazing country – from the highlands, down to the Great Escarpment and into the Namib Desert. We travelled in comfort in our air-conditioned Land Cruiser, custom-fitted so that each of us had a window seat to see the incredible world that we passed. We picnicked along the way and excitement grew as we began to tick off the sightings of birds and antelope in our species notebooks that had been provided for each of us. We reached our lodge for the next two nights, the Sossus Dune Lodge, where we relaxed over drinks and dinner.
We had a predawn start the next morning, leaving the lodge and driving through the total darkness with only the stars and our Land Cruiser’s headlamps to guide the way. Because we were staying inside of the national park, we were able to reach the dunes before the park’s gates opened to the public. This allowed us to be at the foot of the dunes at sunrise to witness some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world, as the soft light of the rising sun cast shadows that accentuated their surreal colour, a bright orange-red.