Namibia – the Sandy Part

Having landed in Windhoek after catching the red-eye flight from Cape Town (see the first part of the story), we picked up the cars and headed straight for the coast, around 300km due west. Once we got to the coast, our base camp was at Swakopmund.

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As we closed in on Swakopmund, this was the typically barren and stony landscape we saw.

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The little town is weirdly charming, with its wide streets, colonial-style housing and appeared quite deserted during the day and expecially at night. Somehow nothing except the beach and the colourful huts really appealed to my photographic senses that morning…

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We decided not to go for guided tours or 4×4 drives through the dunes, preferring to settle into our own pace and be a little flexible. So we drove south and stopped at the first large dune we found.

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Just a little south of Swakopmund, the industrial town of Walvis Bay boasts Namibia’s only deep-water port. That was of less interest to us than the immediate proximity of Dune 7, a huge sand dune which I was dying to photograph.

But first: lunch at a great little place on the pier… hands down the best calamari ever!

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And then on to a great deal of climbing: two steps forward, one step back.

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Words seldom fail me, but this time I would have liked to put the camera to one side and sit in silence. Pressing visual issues contrived to frustrate this need for zen…

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My suggestion: when going to Walvis Bay, stop by the dune around midday, have lunch at the port (Anchors @ The Jetty – best Calamari ever!) and head back north to spend a few more hours watching the sun go down and the shadows lengthen over dune 7. Our sunsets were basically beyond crap, the sun settling behind a thick screen of haze, casting virtually no shadows whatsoever, which is why you’re not seeing any of those pictures here!

Next Up – heading north & inland to see the wildlife!
But first, a quick visual interlude about travelling and movement