Something that has been on my bucket list for a long time suddenly came to pass. During an impromptu overland trip that travelled through Southern Africa, I got to visit the iconic Namib desert. The days in the desert included camping in the middle of nowhere, climbing Dune 45 and visiting the Sossusvlei and the Deadvlei.
Staying in Desert Camp
For two nights we camped in the middle of nowhere in the Namib desert. Aside from a few staff members some 5 kilometres away, the fifteen of us were alone.
Similar to when we camped along the Orange River, the amount of stars was amazing. Enjoying them next to the campfire while listening to crazy stories of fellow travellers was truly a gift. Staying true to its image, we didn’t see much wildlife in the desert.
Although along the way we saw giraffes, ostrich, springbok, gemsbok and plenty of zebras. However, within the camp grounds it was quiet.
Dune 45 looked quite similar to all the other dunes we had already passed. Except that we we were allowed to climb this one. The walk up is short, you can easily reach the top in about 20 minutes. However, we were there in the middle of the day and it was really hot. We took it slow and enjoyed the photo opportunities along the way.
I do hope bringing sand out of the conservation area is allowed, because I brought about half of Dune 45 with me in my shoes..
Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
After climbing Dune 45 and a well-deserved lunch, it was time to cross something of my (very long) travel bucket list. We visited the Deadvlei, everyone that has read or seen pictures about Namibia is probably familiar with this famous image of the Namib desert. A short hike through the desert brought us to this dried up salt pan to wander amongst the dead trees.
What has stayed with me the most from our days in the Namib desert are the vastly changing landscapes, the stars and the feeling of isolation that came along with the landscapes. I can highly recommend a visit to the Namib desert to anyone that is adventurous or in need of some serious stargazing.
Have you ever camped in the desert? Did you enjoy it? Please share your stories in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!