Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Epic Air Safari: Naankuse to Wolwedans

20th May

First step toward home.  There are 3,553 miles to be flown in the next 18 days.

Last night under the stars with the bushmen at Naankuse was simply magical.

This morning, sunrise is marvelous and we drive in the chilled dawn to the runway.  Then we have our first glitch on this air safari: my C206 fuel micro switch “dies.”  Antonella, Pierre, Billy, Sheri, and Veronika leave with the caravan and head to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, south of the red dunes of the Sossusvlei.  Michael and I manage to start the engine of the C206 and fly to Windhoek.  In a couple of hours, my flying giraffe is back in good shape, so we fly to join the others at beautiful Wolwedans Dunes Lodge.  There are 200,000 hectares of astounding nature here.  We have a great sundowner surrounded by oryx.  On the drive back to camp, we are surprised once again by the incredible view of a fully candlelit table.  Our dinner under the stars is waiting for us!  Africa is beautiful -- even more so when experienced with a safari in style!






21st May

Early rise with a surprise breakfast overlooking the sandy plains of the NamibRand.  The sunrise is spectacular, and the oryx herds are entertaining.  We drive to the foothills and into a great forest of acacia.  A surreal view in this desert landscape.  The afternoon is spent in contemplation of this beautiful landscape, and the day concludes with a sundowner featuring a dramatic sunset and Venus glowing in the purple sky.




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