Flowers, Trees, and Desert Landscapes

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Flag of Namibia  , Central Plateau,
Sunday, August 7, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 438
Temperature : 24 degrees
Weather : Mixed

We drove north for hours and hours. The scenery changed as we entered the Olifants River Valley, flanked on one side by the beautiful Cederberg Mountain range. We stopped for the night at a quaint little campsite surrounded by orange groves near Citrusdal. We were the only campers that night, and so we sat around the fire chatting to the two owners until late into the evening.

The following day we continued north towards into Namakaland where the area was covered in spring wildflowers. The roads go on forever here, the landscapes are vast, the skies are huge and the whole area really has a feeling of remoteness.  Just as the sun was setting we arrived at the Namibian border on the Orange River. We found a fantastic little campsite where we had a picnic table and chair, electricity and a private camping area right on the river, with views across the river to Namibia.

The following morning we rose early and crossed the border. The scenery changed once again. Vast landscapes covered in beautiful pale yellow grass, rocky hills and mountains, cacti, and deep canyons. After stopping for lunch en route we continued up to Keetmanshoop where we had come to see the Quiver Trees…strange succulent plants with tree trunks growing several metres high topped with spiky looking aloe leaves.

We stopped in a quirky little campsite. It was basic, basic, basic. No electricity, and the toilet was erm…well, I didn't use it! But it was remote and beautiful. Set on a hill, covered in strange stacked boulders and Quiver trees. And when the sun set, the sky turned purple and pink and orange…a real African sunset….yes, we really did finally feel that we were in Africa!

The temperature dropped dramatically after sunset, and it was absolutely freezing! We ate our supper….mash, baked beans and egg, just the type of comfort food to keep you warm when camping, filled up our hot water bottles, and we tucked ourselves up in our sleeping bags, watched a movie and fell fast asleep.

The next day we had set our alarm for an hour before sunrise, dragged ourselves out of our toasty sleeping bags and took ourselves outside where it was absolutely freeing…..but all that was forgotten once again when the sun rose turning the sky all those beautiful colours once again.
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