Photo Essay: A Late Afternoon Off Road Adventure in Namibia

by Ekua on December 27, 2012 in captured on memory card,Namibia,the natural world

We signed up for a sundowner excursion through the Kunene region because it was our last chance to search for elephants on this trip. We never saw any, but as we drove through the veld, ruggedly beautiful views were plentiful:

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Our vehicle for the drive.

Namibia - Fairy Circles

Namibia’s fairy circles, mysterious bare patches spread throughout the desert grasslands. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes these spots.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

The bumpy road less traveled.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Ostrich Family

Namibia - Ostrich Family

A whole family of ostriches.

Namibia - Sheep Stampede

A sheep stampede.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Village

We came across this village far away from any official road access. Our guide explained that these huts are incredibly well suited to stand up to the elements. When a huge storm came through the area, these huts remained while the one modern building here was destroyed.

Namibia - Columnar Basalt

Columnar basalt is a common sight in the Twyfelfontein area. The cactus-like plant growing from the rocks is a poisonous plant called Euphorbia virosa or Gifboom, which means “poison tree” in Afrikaans.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Petrified Wood

Petrified wood is also common in this area.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

We had a “sundowner” drink of pink champagne to celebrate the sunset before heading back to the lodge.

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

Namibia - Sundowner Drive

 

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Sabrina December 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

Beautiful photos!

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Ekua December 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Thanks :)

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Hannah Baldwin December 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Baby ostriches! My mind has been blown–I never even thought of what they might look like between the egg and adult stage. I’m enjoying your travels in Namibia very much.

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Ekua December 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Haha, glad I could blow your mind with baby ostriches :P I have been enjoying recapping Namibia and now I am done (or almost done?). Sometimes I get sad about ending a travelogue, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with blogging when I don’t have a specific trip to write about!

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Sunee January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Have to agree, the baby ostriches are very cute! And I’m also enjoying seeing Namibia through your eyes.

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Ekua January 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thanks, Sunee- glad you’ve enjoyed following along. Lemme know if you ever make a trip up there, I’d be curious to see what you think of it!

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