Wachizungu Tour 2015 – Into Damaraland


CHAS0435NAMIBIA – KHWARIB VALLEY AND LODGE – 30 APRIL – 1 MAY

It’s with much dismay that we leave Epupa. We are now on our way south to Sesfontein via Opuwo again. It’s a 400km journey that we make comfortably, without any hiccups.

Khwarib lodge is set in an imposing valley whose rocks shine red at dawn and dusk. We just rest up for a couple of days and I find a local Himba village to befriend that allows me to take some lovely photos of them. They all seem so warm, friendly and inviting and we get by with sign language. They are happy to pose in return for food and goodies.

NAMIBIA – PALMWAG 2 – 4 MAY

The next stop is Palmwag. I was somewhat disappointed with Palmwag. I had heard so much about it and the desert elephants that frequent the place. It had a nice bar and swimming pool but had more the feel of a family holiday camp than a remote traveller’s destination. Still a beautiful setting amongst palm trees in a river valley.

Sorry……….no elephants at this time of year and very little game around to see.

NAMIBIA – BRANDBERG WHITE LADY MOUNTAIN RESORT – 4 – 6 MAY.

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I’m sorry but our planned 3 month trip has been cut short. I must return immediately back to the UK to tend to urgent family matters.

At least we leave on a high note, Brandberg is very special. On the way to Brandberg we stop at the petrified forest where ancient cedars over 2 million years old have been turned to stone. It’s a fascinating place with Walachia’s as well and certainly worth the minor detour.

The Brandberg mountain rises from the otherwise barren and arid landscape like a red glowing citadel.  The lodge is very well positioned with incredible views. The staff are so helpful and it’s just a beautiful place to hang out for a few days. We took the time to go and see the rock art (where the white lady gets her name) – some is 5000 years old and in very good condition. I got up before dawn to photograph the stunning scenery and magnificent mountain, dunno what I did wrong but somehow didn’t quite capture the scale and majesty of what I was seeing.

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4 comments

  1. All our love to you both, pics are amazing. You guys keep adding to our bucket list.
    Hope all turns out well back in UK – chat soon

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  2. I’m so sorry to run into the abrupt end of your trip and I hope that all is well at home. I think the photos are stunning and glad to see the Brandberg rock art in particular. It’s the one rock art site on my list that we skipped over.

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