03/31/2014 - 03/31/2014 70 °F
A solitary flamingo feeds in the shallow water near the port.
He was not alone!
We took off with our driver/guide from Kuiseb Delta Adventures to spend hours in the oldest desert on earth.
Driving into the sand dunes (no roads) requires faith and a driver who knows what he is doing!
We were in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The native people who live here are the Khoikhoi.
In this area the sands lie above an aquifer – just dig down and presto, you have your well –just add a bath tub.
The shifting sands and lack of rain (less than ten mm a year – although, unaccountably, it rained the whole day we were here in 2011).created hardened mud flats.
Our guide led us to fossilized human and animal footprints that are two thousand years old. They had been preserved by the lack of rain and being covered by sand. Now, however, the dunes have shifted, exposing them, and they are being worn away by the sand and wind.
The large circles are two thousand year old elephant tracks.
Graves are also being uncovered by the shifting sands.
We found many desert insects that have adapted to the harsh climate. We also caught sight of a few Springbok.
Our guide showed us the pumpkin-like fruit that makes up more than 80 percent of the Khoikhoi peoples’ diet. It is rich in vitamins and protein and he said the people are quite healthy.
More driving in the dunes – sand dunes can have no more than a 34 degree angle – sort of reassuring to know since our guide would crest a dune and literarily plunge straight down the other side!
This sign seemed like a joke – until we looked over the edge of the cliff. This was a lookout point over Sandwich Harbor.
Some of the sand is purple because it has many flecks of garnet in it.
Lovely to look at
Passing the salt pans and salt works on our way back to Walvis Bay
One more look at the flamingos