First thing this morning, many guests are joining optional sightseeing flights in a light aircraft or small helicopter. Two of our party are off on a hot air balloon flight. It is a beautiful morning and the view from above the Namib dunes must be simply amazing. Certainly the reports that come back from very happy clients confirms this!
Other folk enjoy a more leisurely breakfast on the terrace of the lodge, before we all get together for our journey to the coast. Richard and Dawn arrange a luggage pick-up as usual and always do a luggage check by name and number. After a while it becomes apparent 2 cases are missing and they belong to Richard and Dawn! The lodge luggage staff look a bit sheepish, and suggest the cases may have been put on another coach in error. And that coach has just left. Happily, the coach is also heading to the town of Swakopmund so the bags can be reunited later in the day. And then it all turns out to be a false alarm, as the lodge staff discover the cases still outside Richard and Dawn’s room, where they left them for collection!
Excitement over, we depart Sossusvlei Lodge and head north. First stop is Solitaire for a quick toilet break. From here we begin our journey over the Namib desert. Naturally we have to have a photo opportunity at the road sign indicating we’re crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Shortly after this we traverse the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, making a stop at a viewpoint with amazing views. Lunch time is next. We find a shady spot just off the road and consume our snacks and provisions. Dawn provides the serviettes, wet wipes and a rubbish collection!
Après lunch it is siesta time. Our coach driver August concentrates on the desert crossing, while most guests take a nap. Later, we hit tarmac road again on the final approach to Walvis Bay. From here we turn right and follow the beach up to the town of Swakopmund. The classic Hansa Hotel awaits us. A glass of bubbly to welcome us and, later, a drinks reception in the bar, followed by a tasty dinner in the hotel reception.