Sunday, May 18, 2014

Over the Skeleton Coast to the Sossusvlei

May 11 and 12


Before sunrise: a great drive in the desert, under a magnificent starry sky. Venus was so shining that we could almost see shadows casted by her. Wheels up at sunrise, for one of the most exciting flight of this air safari: the flying over the skeleton coast. It is so called not because of ships wrecks, but because of whales’ skeletons brought ashore by the strong, freezing, current, coming from Antarctica. We flew over Terrace Bay, but the coast fog was already inland. We flew underneath it near Cape Cross, seeing the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Elephants trails got us very excited, but we could not see any elephant. The altimeter was indicating -50 ft, with our wheels just a foot over the white creamy end of the waves, on the beaches…


Colonies of seals made us go a little bit higher, once in a while. 3 hours of this incredible flying went by very quickly and took us to Swakopmund, were we stopped for a quick refuel. We were wheels up again, over Walvis Bay and then over the flamingos of Sandwich Bay. We flew more South than we needed, just to admire the amazing desert of Sossusvlei. We left the Altantic and went inland toward the red dunes and flew right over them, landing in the desert airstrip of Geluk. 

The cozy and trendy Little Kulala was our home for 2 nights. 
We had some unforgettable sundowners and the next morning we climbed the highest dune of the red desert, Big Daddy. Being in the older desert of the World is quite impressive.


From one desert to another: we are about to leave the Sossusvlei for the Makgadikgadi pan of the Kalahari, stay tuned!

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