Fog ahoy!

After day 4, day 5 comes along. It also brings a big distance to travel, as we need to be in Swakopmund tonight. This is roughly 330kms, and if all roads are like the ones around Sossusvlei it’ll be a long day.

As Desert Camp does not serve breakfast, we need to go to the sister camp called Sossusvlei Lodge, which is far more upscale than our tented camp. This is about 4kms away, and a good short morning drive. We arrive there around 7, which is well after the people wanting to head into the Vlei this morning, and it is therefore not busy. This means all food is available, and there is plenty of room to sit. We chose a place in the morning sun, and soaked it up for a good while as we got accustomed with the knowledge that we would leave this place real soon.

The road from Sesriem to Swakopmund is long, windy, for the most part untarred and at certain points insanely scenic. It also is quite rough in a few places, and all 330kms are a blast to drive on. The tarred roads begin around 100km from Swakopmund, and about 60 from Walvisbaai. They are a welcome change, but also make for a far less interesting drive. Oh well, you cannot have everything at once!

Short after us arriving in Swakopmund, the fog starts rolling in. And when I say fog, I mean the thick stuff. In about 15 minutes, the fog from the sea is so thick visibility is limited to less than 100 metres, and temperatures have dropped quite significantly. They are down to about 14 degrees, and in your shirt an shorts, that is quite cold!

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

The weather really throws our schedule for today off course, so we’ll have to skip whatever we intended to do over here, and are leaving already tomorrow. This time to Damaraland, and a place called Twyfelfontein. Again a long drive, so we fuelled up this afternoon (<10 dollars or €0,58 for a liter of diesel) and are ready for the roads tomorrow. And for everything we might encounter en route!

First time off road in Namibia

Namibia is a large country, despite what some of its inhabitants think of it, and that means travelling tourists. Both a large number of tourists, and a lot of distance to cover.

Today, we have to travel about 350kms from Windhoek to Sesriem, which is the gateway to Sossusvlei. Of that 330kms, only a small portion is tarred, and the rest would qualify as off road. It’s the first big test for our Renault (Dacia) Duster, whose name seems a lot more appropriate over here than it does back home. 🙂

With an estimated average speed of about 50km/h, it would take us about 7 hours to go there, so we had an early breakfast. As Sesriem is pretty far from everything, it also does not have a supermarket, so we went shopping in Windhoek for water, soda, fruit and lunch. Packing 15 litres of water, some lovely bread and apples, we embarked on our maiden voyage in daylight in Namibia. And it was great!

Scenic views around every single bend of the windy road, 75km of tarred road and the rest untarred, it lead us through vast ranges of emptiness, with only very scarcely dotted houses and villages. And only 3 gas stations. Luckily, we drive a diesel, so we’re good for about 850kms. 😉 

Tomorrow, another very early start as we will go to Sossusvlei National Park. They say it’s at its best right after sunset, so we’ll try to get there by that time.