going with the flow
19.04.2015 - 19.04.2015
The transfer from Soussevlei in the southern part of Namibia to the Namib desert in the North was not as shocking as when we arrived earlier this week at Little Kulala. The flights were exciting, three planes, three pilots and new people boarding and deplaning at each stop. Each flight was very exciting as with the little planes ( from 4 to 12 passengers) you are right behind the pilot watching his every move. It is much more raw than the big planes and I commented to Allan tonight as we landed in Joburg in an Airbus 319, that I didn't even notice the take off or landing. I digress...
I was happy when we finally arrived without any diversions due to weather at our new destination with a warm welcome from Charles our new guide.
We arrived with three other couples and traveled with them for the next three days as well.
The camp was set up a a research camp for desert animals and is an 'ECO' camp in that it leaves an minimal impact on the environment. What that means to the guest is many things including no TV, phone, internet, hairdryer, coffeemaker in the room or anything else you may want to plug in for some juice. There were lights and plugs so we could charge all our toys for taking pictures, but thats about it.
Having said that, we did not miss any of those modern con's and we fell head over heals for Namibia.
The first full day there we left before sunrise on a long drive about 70 kilometers due west to the skeleton coast with a plan to fly back so we could have another game drive in the evening. We drove on the desert super highway consisting of sand, rocks, more sand and some desert animals.
We stopped several times along the way to slide down the sand dunes, have a spot of tea, use the bush bathroom and finally arriving at the coast we viewed and smelled, hundreds and hundreds of seals. With a population of almost 2.4 million people in Namibia the seal population out numbers them almost 4 to 1. After the stroll along the rocky shoreline we drove up the beach a bit for a beautiful white tablecloth picnic lunch on the beach. Oddly we were joined by another couple and two pilots. After lunch we were informed by Charles that a plane with guests had a puncture and was stuck on the runway at our camp. The two new guest were diverted to the airport near the coast incase they had to hitch a ride with us back to camp.
After lunch we all went to the little museum/house/jail/ guest house so the pilot could call for an update only to find out we had to wait 40 minutes or so to see if the plane could be moved. The guests made the unanimous decision to make the 3+ hour drive back and not wait an hour to find out we had to drive anyway. We started the long haul and it was about 3:30, we stopped at the airport to tie down the little four seater aircraft.
Off we went back on the super sand highway. About 1 hour into the trip we met an elephant that completely blocked our road she threw dust up, scratched her back feet and ultimately showed us her tusks. She was not moving and we could only back up and wait. 3o minutes later she finally moved. We laughed and joked and observed more game along the way and arrived back at camp after sunset. The staff was so worried about us, literally more than half the camp was in the two trucks, they greeted us with a very warm welcome and hugs when we got back. We had a great day that we will remember for a long time.