Water in the desert – A journey through Namibia’s unexpected landscapes

January 8, 2014 by  

This photo essay from guest author, Diane Williams explores the beauty and unexpected sights of Namibia in Africa, with sand dunes, desert drives by the seashore and lone ostriches wandering the barren prairie landscape.

There are some things that just go together; thunder and lightning, wine and chocolate, summer and vacations. These combinations are common, even expected and assumed. Namibia is none of these. Namibia’s exotic beauty is paired with ruggedness; its sand dunes and skyscrapers reach high into the sky and its deserts have water. That’s right – deserts and water go together in Namibia!

The country of Namibia is bordered by Angola, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a paradox for many reasons. Don’t believe me? Come along on this journey of photos and stories through Namibia’s deserts!

Swakopmund, Namibia Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Swakopmund, Namibia

The Coast Road from Swakopmund

We start our journey in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia. The town was settled as a port for Germany because of the relative easy access to fresh water. The town is home to some great German restaurants, cute shops, bed and breakfasts and internet cafes. But, the real draw to Swakopmund is its location; the city itself is sandwiched between Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. That’s right, desert and water – albeit salt water.

Swakopmund, Namibia Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Swakopmund, Namibia

If you hike or drive to the top of a sand dune you can see miles and miles of blue ocean if you look west and miles and miles of yellow sand if you look east. Both views are great, but together, they are purely matchless.

Swakopmund, Namibia Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Swakopmund, Namibia

Drive south to Sousevlei

Our journey continued as we drove south. The spectacular drive from Swakopmund to Sousevlei was punctuated by the rare sight of a passing car, a sign noting the Tropic of Capricorn, lone ostriches roaming in the barren prairie desert and the best apple strudel we’ve ever had. Random, we know! But, you’ve got to remember, Namibia is pleasantly peculiar! Yes, we sampled the best apple strudel we’ve ever had at Moose McGregor’s Desert Bakery.

Sousevlei, Namibia Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sousevlei, Namibia

Sousevlei, Namibia Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sousevlei, Namibia

Sousevlei, Namibia Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sousevlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei National Park

Not far from Moose McGregor’s is Sossusvlei National Park. Sossusvlei (roughly pronounced so-soufflé) can be translated to mean “dead end marsh.” Our first impression of Sossusvlei National Park was that this place was spectacular, a bit odd and incredibly unique – exactly what we were beginning to expect from Namibia!

Sossusvlei National Park Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sossusvlei National Park

Spectacular, huh?! Yeah, that’s what we thought too. Have you ever seen such red sand? Such high sand dunes? Trees that have been dead for hundreds of years, but have not decomposed?

Sossusvlei National Park Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sossusvlei National Park

Now, just when we thought we had seen all that the desert had to show us we saw this:

Sossusvlei National Park Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sossusvlei National Park

No, that is not a mirage, it is a fresh water pond in the middle of a huge, sandy, dry desert. A rare sight for sure! Namibia is a land of unexpected beauty and landscapes.

Sossusvlei National Park Photo: Photo: Wifewithbaggage.com

Sossusvlei National Park

When picking your next travel destination you should ask yourself – do I want the expected? Can I use a little “different” in my travels? If so, Namibia is a great choice. You and Namibia: an unforeseen combination, but one that will likely make more sense once you visit.

Wife with baggageThanks for this guest article to Diane Williams whose blog at Wife with Baggage aims to inspire you to travel, even if you have a full time career or family. For the complete story of Diane and Michaels’ adventures throughout the country of Namibia, take a look at their Namibia travel album and you can also follow Wife with Baggage on their Facebook Page and on Pinterest. Photos by Wife with Baggage

For more African adventures;

An encounter with the desert elephants of Namibia
Not that old Zebra Crossing joke again! in Namibia
Sierra Leone – a friendly welcome and a taste of Paradise

This guest article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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7 Comments on "Water in the desert – A journey through Namibia’s unexpected landscapes"

  1. Corinne on Fri, 10th Jan 2014 9:30 am 

    Love this post. I have wanted to go back to Namibia since I went just to the Caprivi Strip last time I was there. Beautiful!

  2. Heather Cowper on Fri, 10th Jan 2014 3:23 pm 

    @Corinne My husband was in Namibia last year and also came back raving about it

  3. Ross on Mon, 13th Jan 2014 2:12 pm 

    Super photos

  4. Heather Cowper on Mon, 13th Jan 2014 3:31 pm 

    @Ross Thanks, love the colours of Africa

  5. Shara on Thu, 16th Jan 2014 6:11 pm 

    Hoping to be here in June! (want to scrape up cash for photography tour) A friend of mine does research on the desert elephants, someday I’d love to join her as well. This post inspires me to keep the fuel in my dreams. :)

  6. Heather Cowper on Thu, 16th Jan 2014 8:55 pm 

    @Shara My husband also saw the desert elephants when he was in Namibia

  7. Wife with Baggage on Wed, 12th Mar 2014 5:25 pm 

    Namibia is my favorite destination to date. I’m so thrilled that others feel the same. And thank you for the compliments!:)

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