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Friday 18th January 2019 am – Namibia

We made an early start for our morning excursion into the national park to explore the Namib Desert. There were a few birds to see, notably Pied Crows, Red-winged Starlings and again lots of Cape Sparrows and other LBJs, but the highlights from a nature point of view (and I make no excuse for including them here in my nature notes blog) were the dunes.

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dsc04957Our guide, Julian, was excellent at pointing out animal tracks in the desert.

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The younger members of the group – and some not quite so young – climbed Dune 45 (named because it is 45 k from the entrance to the park) before we moved on to visit the Deadvlei clay pans.

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The area at Deadvlei was also quite spectacular with clay pans covered in a crust of salt rich sand and surrounded by burnt orange and red towering dunes.

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On the way back we stopped briefly to see the small Sesriem Canyon where the Tsauchab River flows and creates the nearby salt and clay pans of Sossuvlei.

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By this time the heat was becoming overpowering. On our return to the lodge a shower and lunch were very welcome.

 

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