- Posted November 4, 2012 by
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Eye on Namibia
Namibia in 4 days
"You're crazy!" They told us. "You think you can see an entire country in 4 days by car?" Well I am here to tell you it's possible. We landed in Windhoek on Thursday afternoon hopped into a rental car and drove straight to Etosha National Park. We arrived with enough time to go on safari. That's where we caught these two male lions fighting for mating rights with the lioness. The battle was brutal. We arrived back at camp to sip sun downers overlooking the local watering hole. That's where we caught this lightning storm in the distance. The next morning we took a game drive as we headed out the far end of the park. Etosha is an amazing place filled with an abundance of animals set against the beautiful back drop of an enormousness salt pan. Once we got out of the park we headed north to the bustling town of Opuwo. This dusty little place is the definition of outpost. Here they offer guided tours to Himba villages, but we are more of the" off the beaten track" types. Armed with only the Himba catch phrases from the back of the Lonely Planet, we set off to have our own Himba encounter. Seems like my wife had something in common with the local women. These are a very interesting people who are scantly clad and cover their skin with red ochre paste giving them their reddish hue. We sat with the family for a while and laughed over our very broken conversation. That night we spent the night in an old fort. Fort Sesfontein was built in 1896 as a checkpoint for keeping in check cattle disease, illegal hunting and arms smuggling. It was a very interesting place in the middle of nowhere, but a much needed resting point before driving the entire Skeleton Coast route the next day. What an eerie drive that was. Old ships rotting off the coast and random buildings and rigs buried in the sand gave it a ghost town like feel. One amazing stopping point was at Cape Cross. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world. There are literally thousands of seals trying to make a home on the beach. Our next stop was Swakopmund for lunch. This looks like a little slice of German Bavaria left over from the colonial days.We ended our day around 10pm setting up our tents in Sossusvlei National Park. This park is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world. The best time to see them is at sunrise before it gets to hot and that's exactly what we did. You really only need about 4-5 hours here, or should i say that is about all you can really handle in the heat. For us it was the only time we had as we were back in the car by 10am heading to the airport to catch our flight home.