Having checked into our next lodge we set out to photograph the sand dunes as the sun was setting, as this is the best time to capture the differences in light and shade. The shapes created by the wind are stunningly beautiful.
The following morning we set early alarms and left in the dark to get to Deadvlei for sunrise. I still find this place absolutely magical and so different to anywhere else I’ve ever been.
The last time I was there it was overcast and grey, but this time we had deep blue skies which contrast beautifully with the orange sand dunes that surround it.
Instead of going into Deadvlei, one of my guests climbed up to the peak of the sand dune known as ‘Big Daddy’. It’s 325 meters high and as the sand is very deep it’s very much a case of one step forwards, slide half a step backwards. Incredibly hard work to get to the top but he was the only one up there and witnessed stunning views all around. It took an hour and a quarter to walk up, and less than 10 minutes to get down 🙂 Here’s a short video of the views from the top.
This is a zoomed in view of Deadvlei from the top of Big Daddy. (Photo credit Dougvarvilphotos.com)
Below left – He made it! Below right – After the descent at the far end of Deadvlei.
Below – a bit weary but feeling accomplished.
Close up of the dead trees and the interesting textures.
A 5 hour drive took us to Walvis Bay, and before heading to our hotel we went to the waterfront to photograph the flamingos who reside there.
They are not always pink! The selection of photos shows the differences in colours.
The following day we went out on a harbour cruise in the morning and were escorted by friendly pelicans who landed on the boat.
Their feathers are beautifully soft and the pelicans are obviously very used to being touched.
We were also joined by a couple of seals who flopped up onto the boat, and one of them enjoys wakesurfing. It swam astonishingly fast!
The afternoon was spent on a fun drive up and down the sand dunes.