The dunes in and around the Sossusvlei were already spectacular from the ground. Desert Air offer Cessna flights over the Sossusvlei. In 45 minutes we flew over the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, the Deadvlei, the Sossusvlei and the Fairy Circles. For a short impression check out the video!
One of the most famous dunes in Namibia are the Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. We slept in the Sossusvlei Dune Lodge. Next to the pretty houses you also have the opportunity to visit the Sossusvlei before sunrise and after sunset. Read how we got stuck and made it just in time..
While staying on the edge of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib, we hiked on the property of the Namtib Biosphere Reserve. Just before the sun became too hot we made it back home. We were lucky enough to see two ‘klipspringers’ along the way!
It was in the afternoon when we arrived at our first piece of paradise: Gondwana Canyon Village. Lovely little cottages that were build around a square with cactuses and an amazing view on the desert and the mountains.
There used to be a camping near the Brukkaros Crater but now everything is deserted. You only see the remains of the campsites. There is one campsite at the bottom of the crater and one higher up near the lip of the crater. You’ll have to take a rocky 4×4 road to get up there. Guess which one we took.
Our last (!) stop in South Africa, at least for now, was the Augrabies Falls National Park. The Orange River crosses the National Park. A couple of meters from the camping you’ll find the main attraction of the park. The exact point where the Orange River drops down several meters: the Augrabies Falls.
After about 18 kilometer through the sand we arrived at our little dream spot in Namaqua: Kwass Se Baai. We managed to make it here about an hour before sunset so we could pitch our tent and enjoy the lovely African sunset. Due to the fact that there was no one else we had the beach and surroundings all to ourselves!
We stayed a couple of days in Jacobsbaai and explored the area from there. One day we visited West Coast National Park and the next day we did a roadtrip to Paternoster to Velddrif with a stop at Stompneus Bay, St. Helena Bay, Laaiplek and Port Owen. The West Coast is really different than others parts of South Africa.
Over 50 wine estates can be found in Franschhoek and around. The best thing about these estates is that at most of them you can just show up and taste some excellent wines for only a couple of Rands. After this short intro on Franschhoek I’ll describe a typical (/our) day in Franschhoek.
We ended up staying in Sea View for about two weeks and experienced the most wonderful things. Since we did see that much and we already covered the Raggy Charters and Schotia Safaris trips there are just two remaining things to write about. Food and relaxing in and around Sea View.