This is part 2 of my adventures in Africa. Click here for part 1.
After our 5 exciting days at the Okonjima Nature Reserve, we left on a 5 day safari led by guides from the Ultimate Safari company, during which I spent 5 days in this jeep, with fellow bridesmaids (and a husband) and our fantastic guide, Vincent.
From Okonjima, we drove for 7 hours…much of it on the most unbelievably bumpy gravel roads. Although, from this vantage point, it really doesn’t look that bad but, trust me, it was! I’m convinced Vincent will have brain damage for spending so much of his life driving these roads!
Sophie (my trip roommate) and I shared this gorgeous hut (the interior was luxurious like at Okonjima)
And enjoyed this view from our balcony And this was the lodge’s pool…seriously, doesn’t it look like a picture from a brochure and then when you get there it never really looks like that?! But I took this pic with my iPhone!! This was my view as I sipped on an afternoon beverage near the pool… But seriously, everywhere you looked it was picturesque…and when the sun started to set… Tell me this isn’t the most beautiful sunset ever!!??Fun fact about this area…the native language is the one where you make clicking sounds with your tongue!! The waiters were always trying to teach us new words…I failed miserably! lol
We were here for 2 days and we saw petroglyphs that are so numerous in this area that they have been given World Heritage accreditation. They were done by bushman over 3000 years ago.
From Damarland, we drove another 7 hours…TO THE OCEAN!!!!
And we saw seals…like I. HAVE. NEVER. SEEN. BEFORE.
Because the Altantic ocean is so cold here (strong current from Antarctica) they have no predators…so there are literally hundreds of thousands of seals here.
From here we stayed in Swakopmund for 2 days – a lovely town on the coast and again, our accommodations were fabulous!
I should explain that while we were right at the ocean, literally, next to the ocean, is the Namib desert. It’s the weirdest thing. But, apparently, with the Atlantic being so cold, and cloud formation generally going from east to west…it’s VERY dry on this west coast of Africa.
The desert is beautiful – rolling sand dunes as far as the eye can see. My pics just don’t do it justice.
My “instructor” (he basically brought my board to the edge, pushed me off and said “Keep the board up at the front otherwise you get a face full of sand and you get thrown!!”) waxing my “board” (a piece of plywood).
And a still shot from it:
While at times I really thought I might die, the HARDEST PART BY FAR was climbing back up the dunes. There is a reason why we have chair lifts on snow hills!!!! This is me resting to catch my breath…this would happen like every 10 steps! lol
What an amazing adventure it was. I will always be so grateful for being given this opportunity and being fortunate enough to be able to take it.
Next week, I’ll start posting about reality: life with Abby, winter running, and my 2017 goals!