The Drive Home

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

On our way back to Johannesburg from Namibia we drove through some amazing places in the Namib Desert, the scenary is absolutely amazing!  Old burnt out or broken down cars are not un-common!  I shot this picture close to the town of Marienthal in Namibia.

Sunrise and Sunset over Sossusvlei

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Pic 1 = Sunrise : Pic 2 = Sunset

Sunrise and sunset over Sossusvlei are both amazing and I truly hope you get to see it at some point in your life.

Sossusvlei

Monday, May 11th, 2009

This has to be one of the most amazing places ever, the red dunes, the desert, the silence, the wildlife and just the collective beauty make it a place I will always enjoy visiting!

Solitaire

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Solitaire is basically a fueling station in the Namib Desert where you can also stock up on snacks and grab a bite to eat.  It’s a strange little place that gets very little rainfall.

Lonely Tree

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Just a tree, all on it’s own in the vast Namibian Desert.

Signs in a Desert

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

These are some of the signs we passed on our way to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.

The drive to Sossusvlei

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

After a pleasent 2 night stay in Swakopmund, we headed south east, into the Namib Naukluft Park and the road to Sossusvlei.  The drive is quite long dusty but the scenary makes it well worth it!

Sunset at Swakopmund Pier

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

There’s really not much else to say about this picture…  Just another one of the many sunsets from my trip to Namibia.

Peringuey’s Adder or Side-Widing Adder

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Facts : This snake is the smallest adder in Southern Africa.  They occur exclusively in the dunes of the Namib desert from Southern Angola down to Luderitz where they hunt for the 2 species of lizard which occur there.  Living in such a low rainfall area, these snakes have been forced to evolve and adapt to their harsh environment.  They have been know to make their way to the top of the sand dunes in the early mornings to let the dew collect on their scales which then filters to their mouth.  Pretty amazing!  Approximately 1 third of these snakes have black tail tips which they use as a lure for lizards whilst buried beneath the sand, any curious lizard will become it’s next meal.  They are not fataly dangerous to man but a bite from one of these will be very painful and you would probably have to see a doctor if you were bitten.

On a recent trip to Swakopmund, I went on a quad bike ride across the dunes and asked the guide if we could look for one of these…  We found this guy hiding under the sand in the shade of some shrubs!

Swakopmund Sunrise

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Sunrise just outside of Swakopmund, along the railway line that runs to and from Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.