Namib-Naukluft National Park

We spent 2 nights in Namib-Naukluft park and maybe only saw another car once or twice a day for the 3 days we were driving around it. Just getting to the park was alot of driving through nothing, and even though we felt lonely, it must of been a much longer, lonelier road for those traveling by donkey-drawn carriage.

moving a little slower along the main highway, a simple dirt road that goes on forever

We of course all had eachother, and with our daily dance sessions with Dana never got lonely. We went horse back riding through the desert just outside the park and just rode on and on through the most desolate landscape.

riding into nowhere

It was so big, really flat in some places, and just plain old creepy in others.  There is one area called the Moonscape, and it actually looks like you’ve reached the moon.
jumping over the moon

jumping over the moon

There are these gnarly plants that grow like palm leaves out of the ground, spiraling like overgrown fingernails, that apparently live hundreds of years. There is a lot of sand and rocks, almost no water, yet still random herds of springbok and gemsbok roaming around. I guess they’re quite safe there, but still not sure how they survive, especially with such little grazing.

being curious about the welwitschia plant, probably circa 800 years old

being curious about the welwitschia plant, probably circa 800 years old

We camped the first night at Bloetkoppie, “blood hill,” named after the orangy-red boulders that make up the mountain. Really cool, golden trees grow between the cracks, and otherwise it was just big, threatening rocks piled precariously ontop of eachother. I wandered off too far too long and almost prompted a search party by my friends, but finally came over a rise and managed a wave back at a very relieved looking Steve. We didn’t see any wildlife except for tonnes of scurrying little hyrax’s, but Im just glad none of us ever stepped on a snake or scorpion.

moonrise behind the big, red boulders we slept under

moonrise behind the big, red boulders we slept under

The second night we camped at Mirabib, another popular campsite at the base of basically just a big pile of rocks in the middle of a huge prarie. We started our afternoon right with a techno dance session by Dana, which became a regular event since her trendy music made some of us want to dance around. Like the campsite before, we managed to hang my hammock and enjoyed another leisurely night in the bush, with not another single soul to be seen or heard. 

the southern tropic latitude, not looking very tropical

the southern tropic latitude, not looking very tropical

We drove past the tropic of capricorn, and carried on to our next destination, another national park full of more sanddunes and Namibia’s very own Grand canyon.

hard to show scale, but it was big and deep

hard to show scale, but it was big and deep

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2 thoughts on “Namib-Naukluft National Park

  1. I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.

  2. Hey katrin,searched your blog from google,great blog,keep writting.

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