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Alison & Ian’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014

MapAnother fairly early start for a long morning drive to Swakopmund. We had breakfast on the terrace at Moon Mountain Lodge at 7am, overlooking the Namib Desert plains and mountains. We traveled along mainly dusty roads, picking up lunch early at a roadside place with old cars on display outside. We also saw several ground squirrels that have similar behaviour to meerkats. There were many birds around, including some iridescent blue Cape Starlings.

Our journey continued through ever drier desert terrain, with one photo stop at the Tropic of Capricorn and another inside a small range of hills to see an impressive dried-up river bed.

We reached Swakopmund via a salt and gypsum based road, that needs the regular moisture from the frequent coastal fog to stay hard and usable. We had a tour of the town, booked a 1.5 hour flight for the next day around the local area (not the Skeleton Coast), then walked round the town in cool foggy conditions, which are very common here. Swakopmund retains an old German charm.

Off to dinner soon at a local restaurant. Another 7am breakfast tomorrow, followed by a Walvis Bay cruise - we expect this to be very cold. Then we rush back for our flight!