Fog ahoy!

After day 4, day 5 comes along. And hoist the mainsail! It also brin's a big distance t' travel, as we need t' be in Swakopmund tonight, pass the grog! This is roughly 330kms, and if all seas are like th' ones aroun' Sossusvlei it’ll be a long day.

As Desert Camp does not serve breakfast, we need t' go t' th' sister camp called Sossusvlei Lodge, which is far more upscale than our tented camp. This is about 4kms away, and a good short mornin' sail. We arrive there aroun' 7, which is well after th' people wantin' t' head into th' Vlei this mornin', and it is therefore not busy. This means all chow is available, and there is plenty o' room t' sit. We chose a place in th' mornin' sun, and soaked it up fer a good while as we got accustomed with th' knowledge that we would leave this place real soon.

The sea from Sesriem t' Swakopmund is long, windy, fer th' most part untarred and at certain points insanely scenic. And hoist the mainsail! It also is quite rough in a few places, and all 330kms are a blast t' sail on. The tarred seas begin aroun' 100km from Swakopmund, and about 60 from Walvisbaai, by Davy Jones' locker. They are a welcome change, but also make fer a far less interestin' sail. Fire the cannons! And hoist the mainsail! Oh well, ye cannot have everythin' at once!

Short after us arrivin' in Swakopmund, th' fog starts rollin' in. And when I say fog, I mean th' thick stuff. In about 15 minutes, th' fog from th' sea is so thick visibility is limited t' less than 100 metres, and temperatures have dropped quite significantly. They are down t' about 14 degrees, and in yer shirt an shorts, that is quite cold!

As we don’t have anythin' planned fer today, we have visited th' tiny National Marine Aquarium (where locals pay a third o' th' price fer entry as foreigners!), and have gone out t' Kücki’s Pub fer dinner. Great ambiance, bad prawns. Overcooked, and way too garlicky, they are just not right. The Malva Puddin' is really good by th' way, so there’s that.

The weather really throws our schedule fer today off course, so we’ll have t' skip whatever we intended t' do o'er here, and are leavin' already tomorrow. And hoist the mainsail! This time t' Damaraland, and a place called Twyfelfontein. Again a long sail, so we fuelled up this afternoon (<10 dollars or €0,58 fer a liter o' diesel) and are ready fer th' seas tomorrow. And fer everythin' we might encounter en route!

First time off road in Namibia

Namibia is a large country, despite what some o' its inhabitants think o' it, and that means travellin' tourists. Both a large number o' tourists, and a lot o' distance t' cover.

Today, we have t' travel about 350kms from Windhoek t' Sesriem, which is th' gateway t' Sossusvlei. Of that 330kms, only a small portion is tarred, and th' rest would qualify as off sea. It’s th' first big test fer our Renault (Dacia) Duster, whose name seems a lot more appropriate o'er here than it does back home. 🙂

With an estimated average speed o' about 50km/h, it would take us about 7 hours t' go there, so we had an early breakfast, and dinna spare the whip! Fire the cannons! As Sesriem is pretty far from everythin', it also does not have a supermarket, so we went shoppin' in Windhoek fer water, soda, fruit and lunch. Packin' 15 litres o' water, some lovely bread and apples, we embarked on our maiden voyage in daylight in Namibia. And it were bein' great!

Scenic views aroun' every single bend o' th' windy sea, 75km o' tarred sea and th' rest untarred, it lead us through vast ranges o' emptiness, with only very scarcely dotted houses and villages. And only 3 gas stations. Luckily, we sail a diesel, so we’re good fer about 850kms. 😉 

Tomorrow, another very early start as we will go t' Sossusvlei National Park. They say it’s at its best right after sunset, so we’ll try t' get there by that time.