From the sea to the sand....

Trip Start Feb 26, 2006
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Trip End Nov 28, 2006


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Saturday, March 11, 2006



We are now on our 7-week overland safari traveling from Capetown, South
Africa to Nairobi, Kenya!

We're in southern Namibia after having spent a week sightseeing in Capetown on our own. There are 14 people in our safari group and 3 tour leaders. The group is very diverse, consisting of a Brit guy and dutch woman couple who are living in Australia, an Australian couple living in London, a German woman living in London, a German guy who always has a camcorder in his hands, two Brits from London, three Danes, a crazy Aussie, and of course, yours truly - two (Chinese) Canadians. Ages range from 20 to 60, but everyone gets along great so far (the next 6 weeks will tell!). Two of our tour leaders are from Zimbabwe and the third is from Kenya.


Departing from Capetown, we weren't really prepared for the harshness of Namibia's environment. We've literally gone from the ocean to the desert in one day of driving! Much of the country is covered in desert and is very hot and dry.

This year, however, Namibia has seen the most rainfall in over 30 years, so we were fortunate enough to see some green fields where it would normally be barren landscape. Camping in the desert has still been a real challenge! It's unbearably hot and there is not much shade, and when the wind blows, the sand gets on our clothes, in our hair, in our tents, and in our food!

One of the things Namibia is most known for is its spectacular sand dunes and canyons in the Namib Desert.


It is reported to have the highest sand dune in the world called 'Big Daddy' at over 350 metres.

We didn't climb that one because it takes 3 hours, but we did climb three other ones, including one of the dunes in the infamous Sossusvlei, which is the most accessible part of the dunes and contains some of the highest and most picturesque dunes.


Our highlights:
- Orange River: The Orange River is the division between South Africa and Namibia. We spent our first day in Namibia canoeing in the Orange River gorge and enjoying the scenery.

- Fish River Canyon: The second largest canyon in the world (first is Grand Canyon, USA)

- Dune Elim and Dune 45: Dune 45 is one of the most photographed sand dunes in Namibia and the most popular one to climb.
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