Dead trees and bubbly?

Added 19 May 2012
Early morning calls were at 5.45am today in readiness for an early breakfast and prompt departure from the lodge. Our destination was the Namib Naukluft Park which boasts amazing sand dunes and two dry pans, Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. After a 50km drive along the park road we took 4WD Land Rovers for a transfer along a sandy valley to a drop off point. From here we walked across the sand to visit Deadvlei, a flat dry pan with skeletons of dead Camel Thorn trees some 500 years old. The landscape could be a film set from Dr Who:- A huge dry pan, dead trees, immense sand dunes and blue skies. On the walk back to our transport over half of our guests decide to take the sand dune ridge walk. This is single file, stepping in previous footsteps and trying not to look down either left or right! From Deadvlei we briefly visited Sossusvlei, another flat pan but this one has some water in it (although noticeably less than Richard and Dawn saw on the last tour just 3 weeks ago). Next stop was Sesriem Canyon, a mini Grand Canyon which is only about 30 metres deep and 5 kms long but nevertheless fascinating to see. We all take a look from the top and some of us venture down a tricky path to the bottom. This afternoon we joined a Nature Drive from Sossusvlei Lodge, spotting Ostrich, Oryx, Springbok, Ground Squirrels and a ultimately bottles of bubbly!