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Monday, February 22, 1999
Aus to Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
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Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia:
Latitude: 24° 29' 3" South
Longitude: 15° 47' 54" East
Altitude: 2616 feet
From Seattle: 10865 miles
Lodging: Camp - Sesriem Camp-site

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Today's Travel:
Country: Namibia
Regions: Karas, Hardap
Route: Roads: B4, C13, D407, D826
Start: Aus
Stop 1. Sossusvlei
End:Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Linear:200 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Road C13, Namib Desert, Namibia

Giant birds nest D407, Namib Desert, Namibia

Giant birds nest D407, Namib Desert, Namibia

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Desert road and flowers D407, Namib Desert, Namibia

Desert flowers and mountains D826, Namib Desert, Namibia

Desert D826, Namib Desert, Namibia

Road D826, Namib Desert, Namibia

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Big San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dune Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Margaret and Dean Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

San Dunes Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Oryx? Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Dune & Mud flats Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Mud Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Our shadows Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Dunes in last light Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Margaret and Craig in car Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 683
Linear Dist: 137213
Countries Visited: 50
Regions Visited: 187
More stats...
Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 158
Camping: 83
Hostels: 181
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2527
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Journal Entry:
Today was a spectacular drive through the Namib Desert - quite probably the best driving day yet. The biggest excitement was no car problems! In the desert we saw ostrich, oryx, and lots of birds. Early in the day we stopped to examine these huge nests that are in many of the trees - hundreds of little sparrow sized birds build these giant (I'd guess that some of them are up to 6 x 10 x 20 feet) nests. They look like giant hay bales stuck in trees, with hundreds of holes in the bottom.

We had a beer with lunch, and then afterwards continued drinking in the car - somehow always happens with Craig and Margaret in the back!

We're spending the night at Sesriem in Namib-Naukluft National Park (we hoped - we were told we had to be back between six and eight to see if there'd be room in the camp). While we were waiting we drove the 65km out to the Sossusvlei mud flats. The road is through huge (some close to 1,000 feet high) sand dunes of brilliant red sand. The dunes are spectacular - so large that they made the dunes in Morocco seem small. We hiked up one of the medium size ones (maybe 650 feet high) and made it about two thirds of the way up before deciding it would be more fun to run down the steep sides.

In the evening light the contrast of the red sand and dark shadows was especially dramatic. While we were out in the mud flats we rescued another stuck car before racing to get back to the office by 8pm. We were about half an hour late back to the office, but the ranger let us camp anyway when we used our rescue as an excuse. Cooked a diner of pasta, potatoes and sausage and hung out with some overlanders before going to sleep under the stars.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Namibia
CIA World Fact Book: Namibia

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