Apple crumble and starry skies

After breakfast at our Windhoek Country Club Resort we boarded our private coach for the drive to Sossusvlei. Our coach driver August, and guide Uanee, have everything prepared and we’re all set to go. Just outside Windhoek we stop at an official weighbridge. All coaches and lorries have to stop. Despite the weight of our luggage, we seem to pass the test and we’re soon on the road towards Rehoboth. This small town is our first stretch-legs and toilet stop. The town also has (since last year) a brand new and well-stocked supermarket, so we do some lunch snack provisioning. The supermarket manager comments to Richard that it’s the busiest they’ve been for some time! Provisions loaded, we continue south-west.

Our next main stop is Solitaire. Essentially a cross-roads in the middle of nowhere, Solitaire has everything you need. Lodging, fuel, a bakery, shop, restaurant and toilets. Dawn and Richard have pre-arranged lunch which includes a tasty game pie and Solitaire’s famous apple crumble.

About one hour later we are approaching the gate to the Namib Naukluft Park. We’re staying the Sossus Dune Lodge which is the only accommodation inside the park. The accommodations consist of individual chalets spread out either side of a central building. There is a car park about 500 yards below and a narrow drive up to the lodge. Under normal circumstances visitors park in the car park and are transferred “up the hill” by golf cart or jeep. We’re not sure how he did it, but August our driver managed to drive up the narrow driveway directly to the lodge. That saved a lot of effort.

Sossus Dune Lodge is quiet and peaceful and the views are tremendous. After dinner on the terrace we recommend all guests to sit on their private terraces, turn off their room lights and look up. With dark, cloudless skies and no artificial light pollution, the stars are quite incredible.