The landscape of the canyon is unlike anything we have seen here in Namibia. We were driving along a sandy flat plain, then suddenly came upon the canyon, which is a dried river valley. The canyon has a series of rock formations that the road winds around. At the bottom of the canyon, near what use to be the river bed, is a farm with a restaurant and accommodations. The trees were green in the canyon – it is like an oasis! We stopped for a cup of tea with a sweet (early lunch). The owner was available to chat, as they were prepared for, and waiting for, the buses with a group of 160 persons from the cruise ship that just docked this morning. The only farming at occurs these days on this farm is “farming the tourist”!!! Water flowed in this river until they built a dam upstream, and now there is no water flowing, it all has to be pumped in. At one point in time a road and a railroad track ran along the river, so this farm has been a layover stop for many, many years.
|Driving through the Desert|
|Moon Valley Landscape|
|The Farm on the Valley Floor|
|Old Farmhouse - Now a Museum and Restaurant|
|Ready for the Cruise Ship Tourists|
|The Airplane and Pilot for our flight|
|Patterns in the Desert Sand|
|Namibian Sand Dunes|
|Kuiseb Canyon - Where San Dunes and Sand Desert Meet|
|Patterns in the Sand Dunes - Sossusvlei with the Dry Pans|
|An Abandoned Diamond Mine|
|Flying along the Atlantic Coast|
|A Grounded Ship Wreck along the Skeleton Coast|
|Colonies of Cape Fur Seals along the coast|
|Sand Dunes Against the Coast|
|Notice the Change in Color as the Salt Concentrates|
|Cruise Ship in Walvis Bay Harbour|
|Swakopmund Coast with the Jetty|
The tourist part of Swakopmund is actually a very small part of the town. It is a very quiet town at night –other than eating out and drinking German beer in the restaurants.
We have had a great time in Swakopmund, and our hostess at the Guesthouse could not have been more helpful. The room were great, breakfasts were wonderful, she made reservations and she gave wonderful advice. We will be on our way in the morning. We have a full day ahead of us, so we will need to be up early.