|Camp night 2 - next to Kuiseb river|
I cannot give enough praise to Uri Adventures for how they organise these trips. Firstly, the main guide and his support crew make sure everyone is comfortable, and try and boost confidence where necessary. Our main guide was Kosie, and he was accompanied by another guide Simon. The support vehicle was manned by Johny and Frans, who were also responsible to set up camp, our luxuries. The guides and the support crews all prepared food together. All of them are very knowledgeable about the veldt and animals.
|Staged repair shot|
We also visit old mining settlements that were abandoned presumably when the diamonds ran out or the market turned down.
Day two saw us venturing into the dessert proper, a virtual "sea of sand". Driver's skills improve and confidence is gained. Most of the dunes are in excess of 150m, and sometimes it feels as if the angle down approaches 90 degrees. :The first two days you stay mainly in the red dunes, and the dunes are quite manageable. We pass some petrified dunes that shows the desert in all its glory of different colours of red and yellow.
Day four and five we are close to the coast and visit some old mining settlements. At Conception Bay the remains of the Edward Bohlen lies stark in its sand grave several hundred metres from the sea. It rand aground around 1909 and its distance from the shore makes you wonder how it actually got there.
|Charlottenfelder - mining settlement|
|Stephen testing the waters at Conception Bay|
|Tour leaders: Simon, Kosie, Frans and Johhny|
|Camp site night 3|