Kind regards to the Hansa as we leave Swakopmund and head north along the Skeleton Coast. The road isn’t tarmac but feels like it, being a combination of sand and sea water which evaporates to leave rock solid sand and salt! Locals have cars pressure cleaned twice a week to avoid the salt rotting their vehicles. We stop briefly to view the Zeila ship wreck and then continue to the town of Henties Bay to stretch legs. From here it’s inland across desert plains to the ex-mining town of Uis. We use the town’s tourist information building and terrace as our lunch stop. There is a small kiosk selling cans of drinks and we support them.
After lunch we continue into the Damaraland region, making a stop at a small community to see and to purchase their hand-made souvenirs including colourful dolls and purses in typical Herrero style.
After reaching the junction near Khorixas we turn west and it’s not long before we arrive at our accommodation, the Damara Mopane Lodge. We are greeted warmly by the manager and staff, and get settled in promptly. Each cottage sits in a walled garden, most of which feature a vegetable patch growing produce that’s used by the kitchen in preparation for guests meals. A wonderful idea.
Before dinner we all head up a path to a viewpoint. Dawn and Richard host a drinks party as we look at the sun setting and the wonderful colours over the horizon and mountains in the distance. We all wobble back down the path and enjoy dinner.