Damaraland

Added 17 Jun 2014

Sad to leave the Hansa Hotel this morning but we have places to go and things to see! First up is a stretch along the Skeleton Coast north of Swakopmund. The road out of town looks and feels like tarmac but it is gravel road on which sea water has been sprayed. The water evaporates in the sun and the road is left baked solid. Nice and smooth but not good news for vehicles because the salt decays the bodywork. Drivers have their cars washed regularly but we would not recommend you buy a second hand vehicle in Swakop!

After a brief stop to inspect a ship wreck we call at the town of Henties Bay for a comfort stop before heading inland pass the Spitskoppe rock and with the Bramberg Mountains on our left. Lunch break is timed for the small settlement of Uis. Picnics and provisions come out and we buy some drinks at the café counter of the Uis information office. Keith has the largest slice of chocolate cake we have ever seen for less than £1. Heading north we stop to meet local ladies who have made and are selling tiny dolls dressed in typical Herrero clothing. Trevor and Dawn play a game of catch with the young children. Frankly the children are better at catching than Trevor and Dawn!

Early afternoon we hit the tarmac road! From here it is only half an hour before we arrive at the Damara Mopane Lodge. After settling in we walk up to a viewing platform to see the sunset. Richard and Dawn serve the wine! And the sunset is rather good too.