“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” — John Ruskin
I took advantage of Independence Day in Lesotho on Oct 04 to visit Cape Town and Namibia. I wanted to share with you the beautiful sites I saw. Africa is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.
I went on a wine tour of Cape Town. One of the wineries had the South African Flag made out of flowers. Another winery had the biggest wine bottle I have ever seen!!
Cape Town wineries
Caroline, Lisa, Stacey and Emma I thought of you ladies when I saw this wine bottle.
This bike was one of the bikes in Mad Max: Fury Road. I saw it at one of the wineries I visited in Cape Town.
After the winery tour, our guide took us around town and showed us this:
This is Table Mountain and Lions Head.
After Cape Town we headed to the Gariep (Orange) River which is the longest river in South Africa and right before the border to Namibia. This is the Gariep at Sunset/Sunrise
Namibia was next. This country is so beautiful. It has such extremes of hot and cold, rural vs. urban. I learned to layer in Namibia because I would often need a sweatshirt, then a tank top, then back to a sweatshirt again all in the same day.
We visited the Fish River Canyon. It is the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon.
We also stopped at Sesriem Canyon which has some incredible rock formations.
Twilight in the desert.
The next day, my tour group and I got up at 4:30 in the morning so we could get to Dune 45 in the Sossusvlei desert and climb it before sunrise. Dune 45 is 170 m and the view from the top at sunrise is just breathtaking. I tried to capture it as best I could, but pictures just doesn’t compare to seeing it in person. I saw a lot of people begin climbing the dune after sunrise. While you still see an amazing sight, seeing the sun come over the dunes is like nothing else I’ve seen. When I climbed back down, I could feel so much sand in my running shoes. I think I emptied about a dune’s worth of sand from my shoes and socks…
These next two pictures were taken at the base of Dune 45.
After the sand dunes we headed over to the Deadvlei. The Deadvlei is a white clay pan inside the Namib-Naukluft Park. Deadvlei means dead marsh. Hundreds of years ago the Deadvlei used to be an oasis in the desert. When the drought came, the water dried up and the camel thorn trees died. Now visitors to Namibia visit the Deadvlei every day to see the skeletons of the dead trees. It is both desolate and incredibly beautiful.
In order to visit the Deadvlei our group hired 4x4s to take us across the desert. Many people attempt to do this drive on their own without the proper vehicles. I saw about 6 cars stuck in the sand.
These next few pictures are of scenery at the start of the journey to get to the Deadvlei.
After the 4x4s dropped us off, we still had about a 30-45 min walk to get to the Deadvlei. Along the route, we passed Big Daddy. This sand dune is 325m and takes hours to climb. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to climb it, but I took pictures of people who were doing so.
These next pictures are of the Deadvlei.
These next few pictures are at the end point of the Deadvlei waiting for the 4x4s to take us back.
Random Namibia pictures including the Namibian equivalent of the Inuksuk.
One of the things that struck me when traveling overland through Namibia was how vast the country is. In addition, you can travel on a road for hours without seeing another car. Below are some pictures of Namibian roads. Well the first one is Cape Town but it fits in this series 🙂
We also passed through the Tropic of Capricorn.
We got into Swakopmund. A town that was founded by Germans and still has a heavy German influence. Looking at this town, I almost felt as if I was in Florida. We also stopped off quickly at Walvis Bay to see the flamingos.
There was also this really cute parrot that was just randomly at a table in our lunch spot in Swakopmund.
The next day I left for Windhoek, where I had the opportunity to go to Dusternbrook. It’s a conservation and game reserve. I had the opportunity to see Cheetah’s and Leopards along with other animals.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Until next time.