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By Dan Austin /

Sand Dunes in Namibia

A short 2 hour flight and we arrive in Windhoek. Capital city of Namibia. As promised Roger our guide is patiently waiting (with the welcome sign I so look forward too) just outside of customs. We load up our classic safari vehicle and head out for our 5 hour drive south (on well maintained gravel road) to “The Dunes”. In route, endless antelope, orix, ostrich, wildebeest and a 7ft cobra that had a go at our jeep.

Arriving at “The Dunes” as the sun set, finding our camp was a bit of a challenge, but as day turned to night, it was the light from the fire that caught our eye.  Kulala Adventure Camp would be home next two nights. Only on African safaris can you find a remote wilderness camp, so accommodating and down right luxurious.  I mean really, tents with flush toilets!

Our camp for the next two nights is a cluster of a half dozen “tents” and the main dining mess tent.  All tucked against a small rock out cropping at the edge of the dunes of the Namib Desert. Campfire dinner and off to bed.

Dawn came early as we headed out of camp to reach the dunes at sunrise, spectacular would be an understatement for the view! The worlds largest dunes, rich with color an character.

We made our way to Sossuvlei Pan in the heart of the dunes.  Spent the morning scurrying around and taking lots of pictures. As the morning light faded so did we, as we head back to camp for lunch and a siesta.

This afternoon, a “little” work. When we travel with adventure travel companies, we are indeed working.  We checked out Kuala Lodge and Little Kuala Lodge, the latter being about as luxurious of camp I have seen.  Both strategically located on the edge of the Namib Naukluft National Park (the Dunes).

After afternoon “tea” we headed back to camp, its hard to tire of being met at your vehicle with a cold drink, fresh wash cloth and warm smiles.

After yet another campfire dinner, a bit of star gazing then off to bed.  Tomorrow we head to the coast, I can’t wait to see more of this amazing Nambia Safari.

Much more to come….

Dan Austin

Dan Austin

Written by: Dan Austin

Born and bred into the outdoor life in California, Dan Austin is the Founder and President of Austin Adventures.

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