Sorry… pics for 315,316 swapped with 313,314
Day 315, 316… Spitzkoppe
Travel to Spitzkoppe (490km, approx 9 hours). In the wee hours before we leave, however, we are treated to a show by 2 creatures. Some little starling like birds pop to our breakfast looking for nesting material, then a jackal decided to make off with one of our group’s hats! The chase was on and our youngest member, Swiss Claudia, managed to wrest it from the Jaws of death!
Once in Spitzkoppe after another long road haul, we visit one of the most stunning areas of Namibia, the wild lands around the mountain of Spitzkoppe – ‘the Matterhorn of Namibia’. The mountain, which is 700 million years old, is 1987 metres (5857 ft) high. After setting up camp, we hire a local guide to take us on an excellent hike and guided walk through the area (after a quick lesson in the unique clicking language of the area). We get to see the rich plant life (one of which is deadly poisonous) and also see some amazing cave paintings older than the pyramids. This is a place to get away from it all and to appreciate the stunning harsh beauty of this sparsely populated country.
Bush camp for the night in the midst of this remote region and have the chance to witness the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises as the landscape takes on remarkable oranges and reds. After climbing the oddly rough rock faces (& superbly grippy making climbing a dream) and seeing said sunset, we retire to a cave for sesame campfire fun then head to our tents, seeing the spectacular non-light polluted southern night sky. Doesn’t matter how many marvels i see… that always leaves me awestruck.