Greetings faithful blog readers!
The drive from swakopmund to sossusvlei went pretty smoothly (literally-the gravel was mostly smooth). We stopped in solitare for some apple pie.
Our lodge had beautiful views and oryx drinking near our chalet. View from our porch:
At night, it was a great setting for star gazing! The first night, we tried to get to bed early before our 4am wake up call. We were up early for a very special reason:
Afterward, we had a champagne brunch near our landing site. It was truly a special morning. I was so glad we did it.
That afternoon, we drove through sossusvlei, including 4 kilometers on sand, to get to deadvlei dunes. We then walked up the dune to the salt pan. I'm here to tell you that walking in sand is hard as heck! It was also hot--too hot for even our lightest morning layers, but we made it.
After we got back to the lodge, we were exhausted. We showered and napped before dinner, then went to bed early after dinner. It was quite a day!
And, we had another 6 hour drive ahead! More soon.