Go Big Namibia Day 9 & 10: Sossusvlei & BIG DADDY


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Emeritta Lillo is on the road with the #GoBigNamibia tour. Each day she'll be sharing their adventures, so stay tuned for some handy travel tips and inspiration. Follow the team on Twitter @NamibiaHorizons #GoBigNamibia and Facebook for a chance to win

 

Last stop for the Go Big Namibia adventure was Sossusvlei, surrounded by the magnificent dunes of the Namib-Naukluft National park. We arrived just in time to catch an amazing sunset at the Sesriem canyon, where we enjoyed sundowners, snacks and reminiscing over the good memories made over the last 10 days.

After dinner, David treated us to a star gazing session, teaching us how to spot constellations like the Southern Cross, Scorpio and Capricorn. We’d never seen so many stars and so clearly - no wonder Sossusvlei is renowned for having some of the world’s darkest skies.

The following morning we were up at 5am to see the sunrise against some of the highest dunes in the world. We climbed to the top of Big Daddy (the highest of the dunes) to watch as the rising sun forced the dune’s shadow to slowly reveal the fossilized trees of the Deadvlei pan down below. The early morning wake up was a small price to pay for what was an unforgettable moment on this trip.

To round off the perfect morning we were treated to an outdoor breakfast at the foot of the dunes. What a way to end our Namibian adventure!

 

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Quiver trees and endless horizons on the drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei

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Due south: crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

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The mandatory stop at Solitaire for the town's famous apple pie

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Ees entertaining himself in the middle of the desert

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Spectaular views and top accommodation at the Sossus Dune Lodge

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Stargazing in some of the world's darkest skies

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The first rays of sun strike the dunes

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Oryx tracks are a reminder of the incredible animals and plants that survive in these extreme desert conditions

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The Go Big Namibia team takes on the highest dune in the world: Big Daddy

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And get to run all the way down...

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900 year old skeletons of camel thorn trees lie frozen in time at the bottom of Big Daddy

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The dry clay that covers the pan not only helps to preserve these old trees but is proof of the river that once ran through the barren desert

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Staff from Sossus Dune Lodge treat us to a feast at the foot of the dunes


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