Pictures from Sossusvlei
September 25 Desert Camp, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
We arrived at Sossusvlei at sunrise. Most of the dunes are off-limits to climbing, but Elim Dune was one where climbing was permitted. The footprints that were already there had been made overnight by animals and birds.
The dune is only around 150 metres high, but it is mostly soft sand which is difficult to walk up.
The wind had blown grass stems around, thus producing grass “footprints”.
Our group had split up and climbed various “summits” of the dune. This is the sub-group we were with.
From the top of the dune we could see over the massive dune field that constitutes the Namib Desert in this area. It is vivid red sand with bright yellow and green patches of grasses.
The dune crests all along Sossusvlei have all been blown by the winds into sinuous curves.
A short walk from the end of the road in Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a former river bed whose river was cut off by the dunes, leaving a crusty salt flat about the size and shape of a soccer field.
The trees are long dead, and are as black as if they had been burned by a fire.