Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Red Dunes of Namibia..

Today we took a small 5 seat Cesna plane across the wide open country on a one hour flight that brought us to the edge of these amazing red dunes...some of the tallest sand dunes in the world.

We were met by our guide, Nickey, who was a local Himba tribesman that had been trained to be a wilderness guide.  We took a rough road about 30 minutes to the awesome Little Kulala Lodge which looks like it belongs in a Star Wars movie on the planet Tatouin...our rooms were floor to ceiling windows looking out across a beautiful desert landscape towards the dunes.  
The wind was absolutely howling and the temperatures had dropped to freezing so we were glad to sit by the roaring fire in the main lodge and retire to our down comforters and hot water bottles in our comfy beds.  The bar featured some of the wines we had tasted at the show the day before and we were happy to see Beyerskloof on the list of included wines...

Before dinner we set off on a sundowner drive to see the local desert wildlife including ostrich, oryx, zebra, and black back jackals.  We drove to the top of a ridge with fantastic views across the landscape and toasted our arrival in the desert with ice cold gin and tonics...Tomorrow we hope to go hot air ballooning but he wind may prevent us from flying so we may tackle a climb of one of the sand dunes in the park.

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