Lush, green and sophisticated to dry, natural stark beauty
16.04.2015 - 16.04.2015
These two places could not be any more opposite if we had planned our trip with that intention. We have just come from Stellenbosch in South Africa, which was elegant, lush and sophisticated, with great food and amazing art. Now we have just arrived in Namibia, a very large country with only 2.5 million people.
It was a bit of a shock yesterday when we arrived in the desert, it took a minute to adjust to the change in landscape. We flew from Windhoek in a Beechcraft, Caravan (12 passenger) and the change in landscape was obvious as we flew close to Soussevlei.
Yes, we are in the desert, dry, vast and beautiful. In contrast to Cape Town this is all natural beauty. The first thing you notice is the sand and the dryness. No need to blow dry your hair here, and don't worry about frizz, it's not happening. The small resort, Little Kulala is the most amazing accomplishment of melding nature with decor. The detail that went into this place is fantastic, beautiful wood planking, thatched roofs, linen drapes over the large windows, beads hanging in long rows against the walls, railings are made from gnarly tree branches and old dead trees with textured barks holding up the roofs.
The desert is a mix of flat land, rocky hills, sand dunes and desert animals. What is really amazing is how the landscape changes with the change in lighting from sun up to sun down. The colors change during the day and the shadows create images as they reflect on the sand or rocks. The night time is also amazing, we spent some time on the roof of our room gazing in disbelief at the vast sky above, with no ambient lighting to speak of the stars are sparkling like diamonds in the sky. Prominent in the sky is the southern cross a treat for those of us from the northern hemisphere. The best way to describe the sky is to imagine that you are lying in your bed, the ceiling in your room is painted black and you have taken 100 buckets of shining stars and thrown them up to illuminate your room, each one sparking bright.
It is so peaceful here that it could be disturbing at first. No TV or phones in the room, but there is a horn, honk three times and they will come to you assistance.
We got up early this morning for a balloon ride leaving just before sunrise. (Check under photography to see some of these pictures.)
This is the kind of place that grows on you, everyday, little by little getting under your skin so that when you get home you can close your eyes on a sunny day and recall the desert experience.
Elan in the desert after the balloon ride this morning.